Today in Madrid, 51 finance ministries re-committed to fighting climate change together through the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action. Read on for a statement from Leo Martinez-Diaz, Global Director, Finance Center, World Resources Institute.
Climate, Energy & Transport
Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels are on track to climb to yet another record high this year, according to a new report from the Global Carbon Project, putting the world at risk of catastrophic climate change due to these heat-trapping gases.
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.
Los Angeles Air Force Base, the first federal facility with a plug-in electric fleet of vehicles on the ground, has gone a step further. Now these EVs are the first in California to provide vehicle-to-grid services, with batteries that can send energy back to the grid, enabling cleaner, more efficient, more reliable power.
When fires across Brazil captured the world's attention in August, a ban on setting fires was put in place. Fire alerts in the Amazon dropped 34% between August and September. Now the ban is ending.
If we really want to solve the climate crisis, the time has come for companies to push for federal policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And that means making sure trade associations are on board with climate action.
India is often ground zero for extreme heat events, and the urban heat island effect makes these events even more severe in cities, which are warmer than surrounding areas due to concentrated human activity and construction. Cities' buildings have a lot to do with the heat residents feel.
September brought alarming signs of a changing climate, including record-breaking hurricanes and reports on rapid loss of snow and ice, a steep decline in U.S. bird species and risks to wheat crops.
U.S. states, cities and businesses are an essential part of the response to the global climate crisis – and their role is ever more crucial as the Trump administration moves to pull the United States from the historic Paris Agreement.
Mass public mobilization on display during September UN summits on climate action and sustainable development showed the intertwined nature of the climate crisis with crises in justice and democracy. Advocates around the world are telling government leaders that they want urgent, just, inclusive climate action.