In this episode of the WRI Podcast, experts Andrew Light and David Waskow discuss the diplomatic, economic and strategic implications if the United States were to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change would put the United States at odds with its most steadfast allies and trade partners.
The world's intact forest landscapes, vast swaths of unbroken wilderness largely unaffected by human activity, are shrinking. That's troubling because these regions are key to fighting climate change.
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.
As the impacts of climate change become increasingly evident, the need for international climate action is ever more urgent. Drawing on expertise from across WRI, the Institute provided specific guidance to inform the path-breaking Paris Agreement, which involves all countries in reducing emissions and in increasing resilience, especially of the world’s most vulnerable people.
The most severe impacts of climate change – damaging and often deadly drought, sea-level rise, and extreme weather – can only be avoided by keeping average global temperatures within 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) of pre-industrial levels. Achieving this critical goal requires a universal, comprehensive international agreement.
WRI informed and helped drive support for a global agreement on climate change through research, partnerships, and communications. WRI led the Agreement for Climate Transformation (ACT 2015) consortium, engaging with experts in more than 20 countries to craft a blueprint for a strong, universal agreement. ACT 2015’s proposals on mitigation, resilience, finance, transparency and accountability, and a mechanism to increase ambition over time strongly informed the final negotiating text at global climate talks in Paris in 2015. The final outcome also reflected WRI’s longstanding work on rules for clear accounting of mitigation targets, policies, and results.
Since 2014, the New Climate Economy (NCE) project, of which WRI is the managing partner, has developed agenda-setting analyses, drawing on research from its network of over 100 partners, showing that economic growth and climate action can be mutually reinforcing. NCE’s Global Commissioners delivered this narrative – which was important in getting buy-in from national governments and companies for an ambitious agreement – to more than 45 global decision-makers, including Heads of Government and Finance Ministers. WRI experts also contributed to ongoing communications and media engagement on the talks and countries’ commitments, helping inform public opinion and build political will for a strong agreement.
In December 2015, 195 countries adopted the Paris Agreement, uniting them on a common path to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient future. The agreement is the first to provide equal attention to reducing emissions and building resilience, while setting a firm goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 to 2 degrees C.
WRI will support implementation by engaging on the design of robust rules to operationalize key elements of the agreement and by supporting the NDC Partnership, a coalition providing countries with the tools, best practices, and support they need to deliver their national climate plans, or Nationally Determined Contributions.
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.
Just days ago, the Paris Agreement entered into force. Today, the Parties to that landmark climate Agreement began meeting in Marrakech. Here's what's important about that meeting.
Negotiators in Marrakech this week for the first major climate summit since the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement sustained the "spirit of Paris" -- that wave of momentum that brought the Agreement into force on a lightning-fast timetable.
A new report shows that forests managed by Indigenous Peoples and communities hold about one-quarter of the world's tropical aboveground carbon.
Fair, inclusive rules are needed for the global response to climate change to flourish.