2020 was supposed to be a decisive year for climate action. Countries were expected to put forward new, more ambitious climate plans (NDCs) in accordance with the Paris Agreement on climate change, then COVID-19 happened.
Marshall Islands, Suriname, Norway and Moldova are the first countries to submit an enhanced "nationally determined contribution," or NDC. The Paris Agreement on climate change calls on countries to submit stronger NDCs every five years, beginning in 2020.
Most scientific reports on climate look at changes since the pre-industrial era or since record-keeping began. But even looking at the past decade, it’s clear that our world today is very different from the world of 2010, thanks to climate change.