The Paris Agreement won't take effect until 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions officially join. Countries representing more than 49 percent of emissions have already committed to join early. Here's how we could bridge the gap.
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.
The Paris Agreement forged last December set a new course on global climate action. Now it's time for leaders to roll up their sleeves and determine how to move from commitments to action.
Papua New Guinea formally submitted its "Nationally Determined Contribution" (NDC), committing to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. This first NDC submission marks a step forward in implementing the landmark Paris Climate Agreement.
The new international climate agreement comes into effect only after 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions sign onto it.
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After more than 10 years of negotiations, REDD+, a program to reduce deforestation and forest degradation, is finally permanently enshrined in an international climate agreement.
Pessimists may be confidently gloomy about 2016 -- anemic world economy, rising inequality, terrorist threats, disastrous weather -- but in the area of sustainable development, they are wrong. WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer notes that we have much more reason for hope at the start of this new year than we did at the beginning of 2015.
The new Paris Agreement places unprecedented importance on actions needed to help people adapt to a warmer world, and solidifies expectations that all countries will do their part to promote greater climate resilience.
These new commitments, part of Initiative 20x20, already fulfill a quarter of the restoration goal set forth in Brazil's national climate plan to restore and reforest 12 million hectares by 2030.
Negotiators made major and encouraging promises when they adopted the new Paris Agreement at COP21 last week. Yet the future success of this Agreement relies on tough questions about accountability, participation, transparency and effectiveness—all of which have governance challenges at their core.
Countries are at different stages of development, with different levels of capabilities. This reality must be considered when building a low-carbon and climate-resilient world.
Never in the history of UN climate summits has there been such a bright spotlight on transport. This is a momentous kick-start to promote widespread adoption of sustainable mobility in order to curb climate change.
One of the new Agreement's core ingredients is known as the ambition mechanism, or cycles of action. This mechanism lays out a process to continue strengthening countries' climate action every five years, starting before 2020.
The Agreement adopted at COP21 in Paris takes the world further than it has ever gone before on climate policy. WRI Climate Director Jennifer Morgan explains.
Large, private sector energy customers wanting to buy more renewable energy are already driving change in electricity markets by scaling up clean power delivered through the grid. More renewables in countries’ power grids will accelerate progress toward emissions-reduction targets put forth in Paris.
While negotiators huddle at COP21 in Paris, the Global Carbon Project just released its latest assessment of carbon dioxide emissions trends through 2014, showing where emissions are now and where they are headed. Learn about four of the report's key findings.
Countries’ new climate plans should be seen as the floor rather than the ceiling. Low-carbon solutions will become increasingly affordable and accessible over time, allowing nations to gradually ratchet up their ambition.
The table is set for an ambitious and equitable agreement. All the ingredients are there for success. Will ministers grab this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?
Countries' new climate plans released this year represent the greatest collective commitment to reduce land use emissions even seen in international climate negotiations. Yet there's still room for even more progress during COP21.