Cinderella’s job in the household included cleaning the ashes from the fireplace – exactly the role forests play for Earth by absorbing fossil fuels' carbon emissions. Yet much like Cinderella, forests remain underappreciated.
As countries formalize their climate action plans, some are shifting to more stringent targets, increasing transparency, and reflecting recent developments in knowledge and technology. Some countries, however, have lowered their ambition or made tweaks that make their commitment less clear.
Long-term strategies aren't required by the Paris Agreement, but every country would benefit from creating one. Here, perspectives on how to craft a long-term strategy, from three dozen experts.
Most climate change solutions focus on mitigation—ways to slash emissions as quickly as possible, such as by adopting renewable energy. But research shows these aren't enough. To prevent the worst impacts of climate change, the world will need to reach net-negative emissions, a point at which we're actually removing more carbon from the air than we're putting in.
With the launch of the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue in January, countries are now embarking on the first global assessment of efforts to achieve the Paris Agreement on climate change. These "global stocktakes" are a core part of the Agreement's five-year cycles to ramp up ambition and action.
To address climate change, business leaders will ultimately need more supportive policies from governments. Here's how the two can work together.
On the second anniversary of the international Paris Agreement on climate change, WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer reflects on global climate action in the Trump era.
U.S. nonfederal leaders who support the Paris Agreement can help support the poorest and most climate-vulnerable populations.
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?
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:
The decisions each country, business and investor makes today will directly impact global climate and development goals. Do it right and we can feed 9 billion people, provide clean electricity for all and grow the economy while protecting the environment.
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.
This event will gather national decision makers and representatives from international organization and the civil society to discuss challenges, opportunities and lessons learned emerging from early national efforts to advance the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement jointly.
This paper outlines a menu of options for enhancing NDCs by 2020 pursuant to the Paris Agreement. The menu includes options for enhancing the level of mitigation ambition of the NDC, elaborating or updating the adaptation content of an NDC, adding measures or actions to strengthening implementation and improving the clarity, transparency and understanding of the NDC.
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.
At the 2015 international climate summit in Paris, Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed to design and adopt the rules and procedures that will guide countries in me
The annual Emissions Gap Report looks at the difference between the emissions reductions countries have promised and those needed to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Bottom line? The gap is considerable.
The Project for Advancing Climate Transparency (PACT) consortium supports the design and development of robust and effective transparency and accountability rules and processes for the Paris Agreement on climate change. This working paper examines the technical expert review and facilitative, multilateral consideration of progress by drawing on lessons from previous experiences and presenting options for consideration in the modalities, procedures, and guidelines that will govern the process.
The Project for Advancing Climate Transparency (PACT) consortium works to support the design and development of robust and effective transparency and accountability rules and processes for the Paris Agreement on climate change. This working paper examines the five streams of information to be reported under the Paris Agreement. In particular, this working paper considers what information should be reported, how it should be reported, and when it should be reported.
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.