On January 15, WRI Senior Fellow Taryn Fransen testified in a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, & Technology. The hearing, titled “An Update on the Climate Crisis: From Science to Solutions,” examined the current state of climate science and solutions to the climate challenge. Taryn’s testimony focused on the United Nations Emissions Gap Report and the role the United States could play in closing the emissions gap.
The blunt truth about COP25, the international climate summit in Madrid, is that countries failed to make the progress needed toward meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Badly designed climate action can leave people behind. Here are five ways governments can create fair policies and ensure climate justice.
A new report finds that U.S. states, cities and businesses are already on pace to reduce emissions 25% below 2005 levels by 2030, and could cut emissions further just by scaling up existing actions.
Organized by UK COP26 President-Designate and World Resources Institute, this high-level side event at COP25 in Madrid focused on the growing international momentum around net-zero targets, and how this can drive more ambitious national climate action in line with the science and decreasing costs of clean technologies.
Decipher the COP25 lingo with this helpful reference of all the terminology being used at the 2019 UN Climate Conference in Madrid. This dictionary will help demystify conversations around the climate negotiations.
Negotiators at COP25 have an opportunity to get countries' national climate action plans onto the same schedule. A common time frame would improve transparency and coordination, and facilitate greater collective ambition.
Power, transport, agriculture and forests account for more than three-fifths of global emissions. We know how to reduce emissions in these areas, and it's now time to put this knowledge into practice.
This paper discusses steps countries can take to incorporate ambitious, relevant, and tangible transportation solutions into enhanced NDCs for communication to UNFCCC by 2020.
This paper discusses practical options for incorporating more ambitious, explicit, and directed actions in the agriculture sector in enhanced NDCs.
This guide supplements, as a sector module, the overarching guide, Enhancing NDCs: A Guide to Strengthening National Climate Plans by 2020 (Fransen et al. 2019), and will assist countries in enhancing their NDCs with clearer and more tangible forest and land-use sector contents.
Depending on how the international carbon markets rules are structured, Article 6 of the Paris Agreement could help countries achieve their climate commitments or let them off the hook. Here’s what you need to know.
This paper discusses the ongoing negotiations about the time frames of nationally determined contributions under the Paris Agreement, including providing additional reflections and considerations for the ongoing debates.
This working paper provides an overview of the key remaining issues being negotiated under Article 6, which provides for international cooperation through carbon markets. It explains each issue, what Parties disagree on, and what is at stake.
One of the topics negotiators will focus on at the COP25 climate conference is capacity-building: equipping all countries with the tools they need to tackle climate change.
By signing the Paris Agreement, countries agreed on long-term goals backed by national plans that are collectively reviewed every five years. Think of it as a regular check-up for global climate action.
As leaders gather in Madrid for COP25, a can-do approach will be needed to inspire solutions for the climate challenge. These are the four priorities for the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference.
COP25, hosted by Chile, is an opportunity to advance the Paris Agreement and galvanize global climate action. Countries are expected to send signals that they will enhance their national climate commitments in 2020. WRI’s staff and experts will be on the ground to monitor progress and encourage action.
With the COP25 UN Climate Conference in Madrid just days away, there are encouraging signs that a number of countries are ready to enhance their climate commitments next year as envisioned in the Paris Agreement. But will this be enough to put us on the path to a 1.5 degree C world? WRI's 2020 NDC Tracker offers the current state of play.