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.
Investing in direct air capture research can help remove carbon from the atmosphere and prevent the worst impacts of climate change.
Scientists discovered that warmer temperatures will bring more injury-related deaths and violent crime in the United States. This post explores this and other studies published in January 2020.
International consensus on cross-border environmental issues has been hard to come by, but a 40-year-old air pollution treaty has enjoyed great if largely unsung success, leading to cleaner air, healthier forests and the prevention of hundreds of thousands of premature deaths.
For cities, adapting to climate change doesn't just mean building more things. Good climate adaptation means including and engaging poor and marginalized communities.
Climate solutions are often divided into either mitigation actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or adaptation actions that help people adjust to climate change. But strategies and technologies that do both at once exist, and should be top priorities.
Data shows that the energy sector produces 73% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and 10 countries account for more than two-thirds of annual emissions.
Research shows that 80 airports around the world could be underwater with one meter of sea level rise, which scientists predict is likely to occur by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions aren't reduced.
This chart offers a comprehensive view of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It describes the sources and activities across the global economy that produce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the type and volume of gases associated with each activity.
To prevent the most dangerous impacts of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions will have to reach net zero by 2050. That will require both deep cuts in emissions and the removal of remaining emissions directly from the atmosphere. Making that happen will take concerted U.S. innovation akin to a moonshot. In this case, it's a CarbonShot.
New WRI research finds that the United States needs to make large-scale investments in carbon removal in the coming years if the country is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. This working paper identifies a consolidated set of high-priority, near-term, federal policy options for advancing carbon removal pathways.
In this era of upheaval in the ocean, driven by climate change and other stressors, technological innovations offer a flood of new data and new capabilities for translating it into actionable information.
2020 will inevitably be a turning point for the environment. Key decisions on climate change, the ocean and biodiversity will determine if it is a turning point for the better or for the worse.
With global greenhouse gases on track to rise — again — to their highest level in history, there's increasing interest in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. In just a year, carbon removal has gone from being seen as a "radical fix" to a necessary tool to address the climate crisis.
Climate scientists recently found that extreme heat is leading to more pre-term births, warming waters in New England are linked to a decline in fishermen, and unprecedented changes in the Arctic show the region is changing more quickly than anticipated. This post summarizes these and other studies published in December 2019.
Australia’s bush fires are the worst in the country’s recorded history. Data on Global Forest Watch Fires sheds light on potential impacts to biodiversity and forest ecosystems.
Please join us on for the U.S. launch of two new “Blue Papers” about the ocean’s relationship with humanity.
After Typhoon Ondoy struck an informal settlement in Pasig City, the government wanted to relocate residents up to 60 miles away. Instead, they built their own apartment complex designed to withstand floods and storms.
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.
Scientists found that warming will increase the spread of Ebola virus, reduce emperor penguin populations by up to 80% by 2100, and cause hurricanes and other extreme weather to stick around longer. This post summarizes these and other studies published in October and November 2019.