The new National Climate Assessment provides an unprecedented look at the climate impacts the United States is already experiencing and those it is on track for in the future. Here are four important findings.
This week's Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco aims to highlight bright spots and spur momentum on international climate action. And, to be sure, bright spots can be seen—you just need to know where to look for them.
Congressman Curbelo's Market Choice Act, which would charge for carbon emissions from fuel combustion and large industrial sources, could bring U.S. greenhouse gas emissions down 27 to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, with minimal effect on GDP and benefits for the lowest-income households.
President Trump announced one year ago that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement. Meanwhile, other countries and U.S. states, cities and businesses have moved forward with climate action.
Most climate change solutions focus on mitigation—ways to slash emissions as quickly as possible, such as by adopting renewable energy. But research shows these aren't enough. To prevent the worst impacts of climate change, the world will need to reach net-negative emissions, a point at which we're actually removing more carbon from the air than we're putting in.
The Paris Agreement was the result of unexpected collaboration between the United States and China. President Trump has backed his nation out of the deal, but the surge in subnational action in the U.S. creates an opportunity for joint research, knowledge transfer and continued low-carbon development.
President Donald Trump’s approval of a four-year tariff on imported solar panels will raise costs, cut installations, reduce jobs and slow the decline in greenhouse gas emissions. But the economic and environmental benefits of solar power remain strong, and governments, businesses and individuals should act now to lock in a low-carbon future.