According to several media reports, a coalition of countries and private sector investors will announce a commitment to invest several billion dollars in clean energy research & development (R&D) on Monday, November 30, the first official day of COP21. The initiative is being led by Bill Gates, along with at least 20 countries, including the United States, France, India and others. The countries are expected to double the amount of R&D funding for clean energy from $5 to $10 billion over the next five years.
As of this Monday, 174 countries had submitted their national climate plans to the UN, in preparation for the Paris climate summit that begins next week.
Energy use in buildings is responsible for around 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. So it's fitting that the Paris climate summit will host the first-ever Buildings Day.
Forests, which cover about one-third of the land on Earth, are an often under-appreciated resource for addressing climate change. But this year, things could be different.
When leaders signed the original convention on climate change 23 years ago, the occasion had a tone of strong moral purpose and promise. In Paris next week, we have the opportunity to fulfill that promise.
Global Director of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities Ani Dasgupta explains why the world cannot curb climate change without managing cities differently.
Nearly 90 percent of countries that submitted new climate action plans included an adaptation component, reflecting the growing importance nations are placing on resilience in their response to climate change.
WRI Climate Director Jennifer Morgan describes COP 21 as "a chance to change course together through a new form of international cooperation—hopefully in time to save the planet."
The international community has adopted a goal to limit global warming below 2°C (3.6°F) above preindustrial levels (and consider 1.5 degrees C) in order to avoid some of the worst climate impacts. However, the 2°C goal does not easily guide every day decision-making because it does not state who needs to act, by how much and by when. So negotiators are considering a second, complementary goal which would operationalize the target to limit warming below 2°C. Many have termed this a “long-term goal” which would aim to send a much clearer signal to the world what pathway key players need to follow to stay below 2°C.
Countries' new climate plans will substantially bend the global emissions trajectory, but they still don't go far enough to limit warming to 2 degrees C and avoid some of the worst climate impacts.
While the United States has received criticism in the past for lackluster climate action, recent evidence shows the country is ramping up its ambition—progress that will likely last well beyond COP 21 in Paris.
WASHINGTON (November 17, 2015)— Following the recent tragic attacks in Paris, Beirut, and elsewhere around the world, the international climate negotiations are scheduled to proceed.
Three key items are important for ensuring that the new climate agreement is ambitious, fair and effective.
The strongest message corporations can send ahead of COP 21 is to set an emissions-reduction target in line with what science says is necessary to limit warming to 2°C.
With international climate negotiations mere weeks away in Paris, there is keen interest in how countries' climate action plans, known as INDCs, will address climate change. A new assessment shows 80 percent of INDCs submitted so far -- including those from the world's eight biggest emitters -- call for an increase in the supply of clean energy.
More than 150 countries have submitted climate action plans in the lead-up to COP 21 in Paris—but they're not all created equal.
The new UNFCCC synthesis report finds that all countries have upped their ambition from their pre-2020 climate actions, but there's still more work to do to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees C and prevent the worst impacts of climate change.