米国人が使う「now you’re talking（そうだね）」というあいづちの裏には、「ようやく本気を出したね」という意味が込められている。気候変動対策に本腰を入れるとは、言葉による約束を実行に移すということであり、それも思い切った策でなければならない。
Snow-capped mountain ranges no longer have snow. Citizens fear they'll lose access to water. And farmers continue to draw scarce groundwater.
So what can California do to shore up its dwindling water supply?
Climate change is an area where the United States needs to lead, says former Governor of New Mexico and WRI Board member Bill Richardson. Doing so will create a better planet for our children and a more prosperous future for our country.
The new US commitment to tackling climate change is a serious and achievable plan. The country will double its rate of emissions cuts between 2020 and 2025, reducing emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
In response to the United States’ submission of its proposed climate action plan to the United Nations, known as its “intended nationally determined contribution” (INDC), World Resources Institute board members released the following statements:
Felipe Calderón, former President of México, Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and Board Member, WRI:
The United States submitted its proposed climate action plan, known as its “intended nationally determined contribution” (INDC) for inclusion in the global climate agreement to be finalized in Paris this December. The proposal includes a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions between 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
Following is a statement by Jennifer Morgan, Global Director, Climate Program, WRI:
Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases commonly used as refrigerants, are a small but rapidly growing component of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, climate-friendly substitutes exist, and some of these alternatives can even create net savings for consumers.
Boston received 98 inches of snow this season, California faces an epic drought and the American West experienced warmer-than-average temperatures.
What’s going on with this extreme weather, and what does it have to do with global climate change?
Today, President Obama released his 2016 Budget Request outlining the administration’s spending plans for the coming fiscal year. The request includes $500 million in funding for the Green Climate Fund, and $230 million for the Climate Investment Funds. The budget allocation to the Green Climate Fund is part of the $3 billion pledge the U.S. made in November 2014, while $230 million requested for the Climate Investment Funds would complete a commitment made under the Bush Administration in 2008.
All eyes are on India this week, as President Obama is set to make an unprecedented second trip to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
While the leaders’ discussions will address several issues, including nuclear energy and trade, climate and clean energy will be a central part of the agenda. So it’s a tremendous opportunity for the two countries to make substantive progress on shifting to low-carbon, climate-resilient pathways.