Last year brought huge political shocks to the environment and development communities. During WRI’s Annual Stories to Watch event, Andrew Steer highlighted how these trends may affect U.S. and international climate policy, business and investment, global energy markets and more this year.
international climate policy
When he took the oath of office on December 12, Guterres told the UN General Assembly that he believed the momentum around the Paris Agreement is unstoppable. Now it is up to us to not only move forward, but accelerate our efforts to tackle challenges for which there is a window of diminishing opportunity.
The G20 countries produce 80 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Here's at look at what their national climate plans mean for their emissions in 2025 and 2030.
The G20 Hamburg Summit in July will be the first time that President Trump meets fellow G20 leaders in a group setting. The newly released summit agenda is a reminder that the new president’s campaign promises and early appointments could put him at odds with prior G20 commitments.
The climate and open government communities have historically worked in silos. That arrangement can't continue if countries are to successfully implement their national climate plans under the Paris Agreement.
The United States and Canada aim to reduce their emissions 80 percent or more below 2005 levels by 2050, while Mexico will reduce its emissions 50 percent from 2000 levels.
Today three countries, the United States, Canada, and Mexico, announced targets and strategies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century (2050).
Germany aims to reduce its emissions 80-95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. It's the first country to release a long-term emissions plan, with more countries likely to follow in the coming days.
The "Facilitative Dialogue" is one of the most important conversations to be had at COP22 in Marrakech.