WRI Climate Director Jennifer Morgan describes COP 21 as "a chance to change course together through a new form of international cooperation—hopefully in time to save the planet."
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Testimony of David Waskow before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
In a November 18, 2015 testimony, David Waskow addresses the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
The international community has adopted a goal to limit global warming below 2°C (3.6°F) above preindustrial levels (and consider 1.5 degrees C) in order to avoid some of the worst climate impacts. However, the 2°C goal does not easily guide every day decision-making because it does not state who needs to act, by how much and by when. So negotiators are considering a second, complementary goal which would operationalize the target to limit warming below 2°C. Many have termed this a “long-term goal” which would aim to send a much clearer signal to the world what pathway key players need to follow to stay below 2°C.
Countries' new climate plans will substantially bend the global emissions trajectory, but they still don't go far enough to limit warming to 2 degrees C and avoid some of the worst climate impacts.
While the United States has received criticism in the past for lackluster climate action, recent evidence shows the country is ramping up its ambition—progress that will likely last well beyond COP 21 in Paris.
Three key items are important for ensuring that the new climate agreement is ambitious, fair and effective.
WASHINGTON— As momentum builds for a global climate deal in Paris in just a few weeks, senior staff and experts from World Resources Institute will host a press call and in person briefing to provide insights and expectations for the conference.
The press call will take place on Wednesday, November 18, at 9:30 a.m. EST and will feature Dr. Andrew Steer, WRI’s president & CEO, Jennifer Morgan, global director of WRI’s Climate Program, and other experts.
The strongest message corporations can send ahead of COP 21 is to set an emissions-reduction target in line with what science says is necessary to limit warming to 2°C.
The UNFCCC secretariat released a major report aggregating greenhouse gas emission reductions captured from 146 countries that submitted their national plans (or INDCs) as of October 1, 2015. These countries represent 86 percent of global emissions. Additional countries have submitted their national plans since October 1 and will continue to do so. The report finds that the INDCs represent a substantial slowdown in emissions growth achieved in a cost-effective way. Yet, countries will need to take additional actions to reduce emissions further before 2030.
More than 150 countries have submitted climate action plans in the lead-up to COP 21 in Paris—but they're not all created equal.