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WRI’s new working paper explores the extent of alignment between climate actions communicated in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) under the Paris Agreement and the 2030 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Is this what historic opportunity looks like? Paula Caballero, WRI Climate Director, discusses how the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals influence policymakers towards more holistic poverty and climate action.

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WASHINGTON (August 22, 2016)—The 2016 G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China is just around the corner, September 4-5, and will be the first G20 Summit since the Paris Agreement was reached last December. Many are looking to the G20 for a clear signal from world leaders that the message of Paris was received, and that member countries are putting climate and clean energy action at the heart of their growth agendas.

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This report is aimed at helping governments and corporations gain a better understanding of water stress associated with local economic development and its impact on socio-economic development in Ningxia. It first analyzes water resources profiles, water resources management and current water use patterns in Ningxia, and applies the Aqueduct Water Risk Framework of the World Resources Institute to assess Ningxia’s baseline water stress focusing on the development of the local coal industry and its impact on water resources and provided suggestions for better management of Ningxia’s water resources.

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Fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement will depend on how they are translated into action by governments, and the extent to which they spur complementary action by actors like businesses, financial institutions, cities and the academic community. As a new WRI commentary explains, achieving both sets of objectives by 2030 will require more than just doing more of the same, faster. It will require new approaches and ways of doing business.

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Leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada heralded a new phase in continent-wide collaboration on climate and energy at the June 29 North American Leadership Summit in Ottawa. For the first time, President Barack Obama, President Enrique Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have put together an aligned and comprehensive set of climate and energy priorities.

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Indonesia Climate Data Explorer, or Platform Interaktif untuk Data Iklim (PINDAI) is an open, bilingual (Bahasa Indonesia and English) online platform featuring Indonesian national- and provincial-level climate policy information and data, including historical and projected emissions, climate actions, and development plans. It helps provincial government offi¬cials (and others) measure and report high-quality emis¬sions and to create a framework for data-driven decision making within Indonesia.

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The Global Forest Watch (GFW) Climate online platform catalyzes action on climate change by providing timely and credible answers to questions about the impacts of tropical deforestation on global climate change. Its wealth of data and analytical tools allow researchers, governments, donors, businesses, journalists, and civil society to access information on carbon dioxide emissions from tropical deforestation. This technical note outlines the initial scope of the GFW Climate platform and provides a brief summary of the data available on the site.

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China's cities have a critical role to play in addressing climate change, but some huge metropolitan areas like Chengdu hadn't focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That changed today as Chengdu and other Chinese cities and provinces committed to have their emissions peak by or before 2030 and decline after that.

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This guide provides local governments and other urban leaders in cities around the world with the background, guidance, and tools to accelerate building efficiency action in their communities. The primary intended audience is local government officials in urban areas.

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Earth Day 2016 was a momentous celebration of international climate policy, as 175 countries -- a record number of signers of an international agreement on a single day -- signed the Paris Agreement. So what steps do we need to take to keep that momentum going -- and accelerate it -- over the coming months and years? Let's start with three key tasks for this year.

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While a carbon tax has attracted little attention in the U.S. media before the primary debate last week, WRI research shows it's a policy that can reduce emissions in cost-effective, pro-growth and equitable ways. In fact, some 40 countries and more than 20 cities, states and regions have or are planning on putting carbon prices in place.

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