Much of the discussion in the environmental world focuses on tipping points—beyond which global warming becomes so great it causes ecosystems and economies to collapse. But former Vice President Al Gore thinks we’re reaching a new kind of tipping point, one where climate change action becomes a priority for governments and businesses.
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The UN Climate Summit brought together more than 125 heads of state and government officials—the largest-ever climate meeting of world leaders. Leaders clearly demonstrated their understanding that the impacts of climate change are real and costly, and that they no longer have to choose between economic growth and climate action—they go hand-in-hand.
WRI’s experts were in New York for all the action. While the outcomes from the Summit are still evolving, here’s our first look at progress made and next steps.
WASHINGTON (September 22, 2014)— More than 120 heads of state will converge in New York City on September 23, 2014 for the United Nations’ Climate Summit. The Summit — the largest gathering in history of heads of state on the issue of climate change — will serve as a platform for countries and companies to put forward new initiatives to help usher in a low-carbon economy.
The Long March was a watershed moment in Chinese history—the moment Mao Zedong’s nascent Communist Party escaped disaster in 1934 en route to forming a new nation. Fast forward 80 years, and China is poised to embark on a new Long March – but this time away from climate change and environmental damage toward a sustainable future.
How should politicians prioritize between robust economic growth and solving the problem of climate change?
A new report reveals an encouraging answer: There’s no need to choose. Better Growth, Better Climate, finds that low-carbon investments—if done right—could cost about the same as conventional infrastructure, but would deliver significantly greater economic, social, and environmental benefits in the long-run.
WASHINGTON- As heads of state, business leaders and civil society head to New York City for the UN Climate Summit on September 23, World Resources Institute will host a press teleconference with Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, COP20 President and Environment Minister, Peru; Tony de Brum, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marshall Islands; and Dr. Zou Ji, Deputy Director of the NCSC (think tank of NDRC) in China.
This infographic, based on IPCC data, depicts the likely consequences of various emissions pathways ranging from a low-carbon future to a fossil fuel-intensive one.
Recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed that the impacts of climate change are already “widespread and consequential.” Yet the effects we may see in the future still largely depend on the actions countries take to reduce their emissions today.
Our new infographic, based on IPCC data, depicts the likely consequences of various emissions pathways ranging from a low-carbon future to a fossil fuel-intensive one.