Most cities lack the emissions data needed to create climate action plans. National governments are often flush with it. So why aren't they working together?
As the premier global conference on adaptation to climate change, Adaptation Futures brings over 1,000 scientists, practitioners, business leaders and policymakers together to discuss the world’s most pressing resilience issues and identify promising solutions. This year’s event will be the first held on the African continent in Cape Town, and it will have a strong focus on the Global South and the adaptation challenges that developing countries face.
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.
This paper from Portfolio Carbon Initiative — a partnership between WRI, 2DII and UNEP-FI — assesses the metrics that can be used to assess a bank’s contribution to the climate solution or climate problem, compares them, and makes recommendations for choosing metrics based on asset class.
Negotiators made progress in a number of areas at the latest UN climate talks, which wrapped on May 10, but an overburdened agenda left them with a lot more ground to cover before the big climate summit (COP24) in Poland this December.
Members of the international community are meeting in Bonn to continue the Talanoa Dialogue, a year-long process designed to evaluate current NDCs. As hundreds of submissions highlight the potential of existing commitments and the urgency to enhance them, key messages are beginning to emerge.
This working paper explores RNG’s potential as a climate-change strategy in the U.S., including the conditions under which it can achieve large greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions compared to fossil fuels used to power vehicles.
Cinderella’s job in the household included cleaning the ashes from the fireplace – exactly the role forests play for Earth by absorbing fossil fuels' carbon emissions. Yet much like Cinderella, forests remain underappreciated.
Far too many city leaders lack the right data to make decisions about urban emissions.
A new WRI tool makes it easier than ever to compare climate models and understand their workings.
Long-term strategies aren't required by the Paris Agreement, but every country would benefit from creating one. Here, perspectives on how to craft a long-term strategy, from three dozen experts.
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.
Why do some climate policies work in one country but fail in another? WRI’s experts explain the political economy of climate action: factors that shape behavior, power dynamics in decision-making and more.
Home to more than a billion people, these countries are charting a dynamic path towards low-carbon wealth. To stay the course, they'll need to confront three issues: inclusive development, rapidly-expanding cities and economy-wide measures for reducing carbon emissions.
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.
Visualizing data to build climate resilience
From crop fields in the Iberian Peninsula to city streets in the southern United States, all communities will feel the effects of a warmer world. Here's a visual look at what the future holds for five regions.
With the launch of the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue in January, countries are now embarking on the first global assessment of efforts to achieve the Paris Agreement on climate change. These "global stocktakes" are a core part of the Agreement's five-year cycles to ramp up ambition and action.
Surat, India and Semarang, Indonesia are both coastal cities with small rivers, but the risks they face vary tremendously—from extreme heat to flooding to land subsidence. Here's a visual look.
Toxic air pollution. Plastic-filled oceans. Sucking carbon from the skies. These are just a few of the stories that will shape 2018's legacy.