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.
Ten countries made carbon capture and storage (CCS) part of their national climate commitments in the run-up to COP21 in Paris last year. Will the technology take off?
While people are starting to think about how to implement the Paris Climate Agreement, it's clear that Mother Nature isn't willing to wait. Several climate and scientific milestones have happened since the Agreement's adoption four months ago, underscoring the need for immediate and comprehensive action.
With global leaders headed to New York on April 22 to sign the historic Paris Agreement, now is a good time to mark progress made by countries, regions, cities and businesses on the path toward a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.
Since 195 countries adopted the Paris Agreement in December 2015, many countries are starting to implement their climate commitments or “nationally determined contribution” (NDC). But many developing countries lack the tools to measure, report and verify progress on their climate commitments and actions. The Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) was launched today in response to calls for support from countries for improved transparency and capacity building related to the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement will only take effect once 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions sign and ratify it. WRI's new Paris Agreement Tracker monitors countries' progress toward joining the Agreement, and allows users to create, share and embed their own combinations for bringing it into force.
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.
China has unveiled its 13th Five-Year Plan, which will guide the country's economic and social development from 2016 through 2020. Its new climate and energy targets show that the country will continue its shift to a more sustainable growth model and deliver on its Paris Agreement commitments.
As President Xi Jinping has said, after unprecedented economic expansion since 1990, China now needs to embrace a new economic model that focuses more on the quality rather than the quantity of growth. Will the new 13th Five-Year Plan be able to deliver this?
The Paris Agreement adopted last year reflects the collective vision of 195 countries, but it's just the start of a longer process. While the Agreement lays out goals, the ability to achieve them depends on the rules, guidelines and processes to be hammered out in the months and years to come.
This chart outlines key tasks included in the Paris Agreement and accompanying draft decision that must be completed by UNFCCC groups and Parties before the Agreement enters into force.
Most of the discussion about the Paris Agreement focuses on countries' new climate plans, which are aimed at the post-2020 period. But the decisions made in Paris can also ramp up action in the short term, too.
The landmark Paris Agreement on climate change came under tough scrutiny from members of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, but Dr. Andrew Steer said a clean energy economy would "create hundreds of thousands of more jobs, increase GDP and save families money on energy bills."
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After the Paris Agreement and the World Economic Forum, it's time for companies and investors to make 2016 a "Year of Green Finance" by putting efforts to reduce emissions on their priority list for investment and risk management. Vice chairman of Deutsche Bank Group and WRI Board member Caio Koch-Weser explains.
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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