This Month in Climate Science summarizes significant new research and gives a clearer picture of the threats posed by climate change. Findings from November 2018 include a link between milder winter temperatures and violent crime, shellfish populations in decline, trees in the Amazon shifting to tolerate a drier climate, and many others.
Climate discussions tend to focus on raising ambition—getting countries to reduce more emissions, faster. But there’s an equally important issue that gets far less attention: ensuring climate action doesn’t leave anyone behind, particularly the world’s most vulnerable people.
Steep reductions in carbon emissions will be critical to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change, but that won’t be enough. Capturing and storing carbon already in the air must be part of our climate strategy in the United States and around the world.
China's electric vehicle mandate has driven innovation around the globe, an illustration of the kind of "ambition loop" that drives businesses and governments to bring out the best in one another.
The Yellow Vests movement is a reminder to governments that in the face of worsening social disparities, climate action cannot advance without ensuring benefits for all.
Emissions are still rising when they need to be declining. We are using more oil and gas, and though coal is declining in some places it is surging in others.
Can we feed the world without destroying it? New research reveals 22 steps to a sustainable food future.
Communities in Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre are particularly vulnerable to flooding and other climate risks. A new tool helps them find ways to adapt that also benefit the poorest members of society.
Countries, stakeholders and expert institutions have been making submissions to the UNFCCC’s Talanoa Dialogue in preparation for December’s COP24 climate conference.
World's third-largest emitter aims to achieve a climate-neutral economy by 2050.
The Paris Agreement rulebook will transform the landmark climate treaty from a vision into reality. Will countries finalize it this year, as promised?
Next month’s UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland (COP24) is seen by many as the most important climate negotiation since 2015, when 196 countries adopted the landmark Paris Agreement. COP24 is the critical moment for countries to establish rules for turning the Agreement's vision into reality.
The first bipartisan U.S. climate legislation in a decade aims to reduce carbon pollution by 90 percent through a carbon fee and dividend program, demonstrating that thoughtful members of Congress understand the urgent need to address climate change.
When it comes to combating climate change, neither governments nor businesses can do it alone. We need bold action from both so they can push each other toward a more prosperous, zero-carbon economy.
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.
The Fourth National Climate Assessment report, from the U.S. government’s Global Change Research Program, was just released. The report, prepared with the support and approval of 13 federal agencies, and with input from hundreds of government and non-governmental experts, provides an comprehensive look at how climate change will impact the United States. Read a statement by Dan Lashof, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute.
The Standing Committee on Finance, an expert body of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, released its third Biennial Assessment and Overview of Climate Finance. Read a statement from Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, Director of the Sustainable Finance Center, World Resources Institute.
Following one of the worst seasons of extreme weather events in recent history, we are a day away from the world's first virtual climate summit. The November 22 Climate Vulnerable Forum Virtual Summit is organized by the 48 countries most vulnerable to climate change, but aims to highlight the urgent need for all countries to enhance their climate ambition.
WRI's events at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24).
As the G20 agenda shows, economic policy is environmental policy. The G20 could advance adaptation, climate policy and sustainable food—here's what to watch.