Across the United States, governors, mayors and business leaders are acting to fill the climate action void created by current federal climate policies. The America’s Pledge initiative, led by California Governor Jerry Brown and UN Special Envoy on Cities and Climate Michael Bloomberg, works to quantify those climate actions and commitments from non-federal actors in the U.S, including how they affect our ability to reach the U.S. emissions-reduction target under the Paris Agreement. WRI, along with the Rocky Mountain Institute and CDP, conducted analysis for the Phase 1 America’s Pledge Report released in 2017 at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. The first report found that states, cities, and businesses representing more than half the U.S. economy and population have declared their support for the Paris Agreement.
City Data Portal
World Resources Institute and The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy are collaborating on a new open data platform to help cities around the world access climate data.
This free platform will provide disaggregated, standardized and open data in effort to help more cities access activity data and emission factors that support greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) inventories and fact-based climate action planning. This can free up resources for cities to focus on climate action, and support NDC implementation by enabling great city ambition. The platform will include data on cities across the United States and over 15 other countries by the end of 2019.
WRI’s CAIT Climate Data Explorer provides open access to comparable greenhouse gas emissions data on all fifty U.S. states. The tool helps governments, businesses, academia, civil society, and the media effectively compare, explore, understand, and communicate the latest climate data. See the latest WRI Insights blog using CAIT’s U.S. state emissions data for more: 6 Charts to Understand U.S. State Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
China-U.S. Track II Dialogue | India-U.S. Track II Dialogue
The U.S.-China Track II Dialogue on Energy, Climate, and Sustainable Development and the India-U.S. Track II Dialogue on Energy and Climate Change, convened by the World Resources Institute, are a dialogue series between former government officials and policy experts from think tanks, the public and private sectors, and academia. They provide informal diplomatic channels for promoting mutual agreement and understanding between the U.S. and China and India respectively on climate action and clean energy, with the intent of advising the official diplomatic relationships and encouraging growth in bilateral cooperation. The dialogue supports a multilateral process for the advancement of low-carbon, climate-resilient policies.