To prevent the worst impacts of climate change, we'll need to not just reduce emissions, but actually remove some carbon dioxide from the sky.
Countries are joining the restoration movement, and especially the Bonn Challenge. But few have yet aligned their restoration and climate commitments. Doing so would make the planet greener—and the air cleaner—faster.
New research finds that ambitious climate action could yield a direct economic gain of $26 trillion (cumulative) by 2030. It could also generate more than 65 million new low-carbon jobs in 2030—equivalent to the entire workforces of the UK and Egypt combined—and avoid more than 700,000 premature deaths from air pollution.
The deadline for finalizing the implementing guidelines of the Paris Agreement is less than four months away. Negotiators are heading to a special interim meeting in Bangkok to speed progress.
From record-breaking temperatures to rampant wildfires, the signs of climate change are everywhere. Companies can respond by measuring their emissions, setting science-based targets to reduce them and pricing carbon.
Hotter-than-normal temperatures and drought are bringing wildfires to wetter, cooler regions. Even places that experience fires annually, like California and Greece, are seeing a faster-than-usual start to their fires seasons.
Breaking up India's greenhouse gases by sector illustrates progress and hot spots for the world's third-largest emitter.
Recent research is summarized, including information about ocean currents, the summer fires and heatwaves, and a conclusion that the carbon budget might be smaller than previously believed.
In 2008, the United Kingdom became the first country to legislate a long-term climate target. That legislation helped the U.K. cut emissions faster than any other G7 nation since.
In a new podcast, we hear from Rafe Pomerance, formerly of WRI and a key source for an issue-length article in the New York Times Magazine on the earliest stages of climate policy: "Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Solved Climate Change."