At a time when the Trump administration is abdicating the U.S. position as global climate leader, a growing number of U.S. states, cities and businesses are stepping up their climate action. Here are four areas of climate action opportunity.
How could the Trump administration's rollbacks of climate action policies increase greenhouse gas emissions? And how much might action by states, cities and others counteract such an increase?
What went down at COP23? Here's the summary of progress in seven key areas, from the Paris Rulebook to gender and indigenous protections.
Felipe Calderón, former president of Mexico, argues that cities, companies, states and countries are flocking towards the $12 trillion in savings and revenues available from low-carbon, sustainable business models.
The UN climate negotiations (COP23) presided over by a Fiji Presidency concluded in the early hours today in Bonn, Germany with countries making progress on the rules for the Paris Agreement and putting in place a process to assess progress on climate action that should set the stage for countries to commit to enhancing their climate commitments by 2020. Following is a statement from Paula Caballero, Global Director, Climate Program, World Resources Institute:
According to new analysis, more than 2,500 non-federal actors representing more than half the U.S. economy—including cities, counties, states, businesses and more—have pledged their support for the Paris Agreement goals. If these actors were their own country, they’d be the world’s third-largest economy.
The U.S. business Showcase will bring together corporate leaders from iconic U.S. brands to explore their efforts to help decarbonize the American economy.
The Paris Agreement aims to tackle climate change by having countries review and strengthen their climate commitments over time. Starting next year, Parties to the agreement will be able to communicate their updated climate commitments. Here are four reasons why they should do just that.
A new U.S. government report confirms the well-established science behind climate change: it's real, it's human-caused, it's happening faster than predicted and it poses a tremendous threat to America and the rest of the world.
A top priority for the Fiji Presidency at COP23 is preparing the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement. These guidelines help put the Paris Agreement into practice and establish how each government will implement its requirements. That’s why the implementation guidelines are sometimes referred to as the Paris rulebook.
One ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement is for countries to peak emissions -- reach the point when global heat-trapping emissions switch from increasing to decreasing -- as soon as possible. A new WRI paper shows that 57 countries, representing 60 percent of all global emissions, are likely to peak emissions by 2030.
Negotiators and stakeholders headed to Bonn, Germany, for next week’s UN climate summit face a range of questions surrounding one essential query: How do we lower greenhouse gas emissions now to minimize the most severe impacts of climate change? The new Climate Watch data visualization platform can help address this challenge.
Wee Kean Fong, senior associate with WRI Cities' Greenhouse Gas Protocol, takes stock of the progress China has made towards climate action—clamping down on coal, boosting green cities and rethinking development.
COP23 will be held in Bonn, Germany, November 6-17, where negotiators will start to map out how to implement the Paris Agreement and set the foundation for 2018, a pivotal year for climate action.
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will hold its 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) from November 6-17 in Bonn, Germany. Led by this year’s Presidency of Fiji, negotiators from nearly 200 countries will convene to advance implementation of the Paris Agreement. WRI’s experts will host or participate in the following events.
The Paris Agreement is built on the fundamental premise that climate action should be enhanced over time, informed by key moments to take stock of progress and identify new opportunities for action.
Today the Trump administration took steps to repeal the landmark Clean Power Plan, a rule to limit carbon pollution from power plants across the United States, as the Environmental Protection Agency issued a package that included a new cost-benefit analysis and a legal preamble for withdrawing it.
As Indonesia implements new policies and plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, a WRI working paper lays out steps it can take to meet its highest targets.
This working paper identifies key national mitigation policies and quantifies their emissions abatement potential to allow Indonesia to select a strategy to deliver on its climate commitment. The analysis focuses on the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the land-use and energy sectors, which account for over 80 percent of Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Open government reforms, an unexpected approach to achieving the Paris Agreement? Experts explain how strengthening transparency, public participation and accountability can accelerate climate action.