Which Countries Will Strengthen Their National Climate Commitments (NDCs) by 2020?

13 horas 6 minutos ago
Which Countries Will Strengthen Their National Climate Commitments (NDCs) by 2020? Comments|Add Comment|PrintThe Solomon Islands is one of many small, climate-vulnerable countries that have committed to enhance their national climate commitments by 2020. Photo by Stefan Krosowski/Flickr */ In 2015, 184 countries submitted national climate commitments, known under the Paris Agreement as nationally determined contributions (NDCs). That first round fell on a spectrum ranging from transformative...

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Wil Thomas

RELEASE: New Report Finds National Governments Can Unlock Nearly $24 Trillion by Investing in Zero-Carbon Cities

2 días ago
RELEASE: New Report Finds National Governments Can Unlock Nearly $24 Trillion by Investing in Zero-Carbon Cities Low-carbon measures in cities could reduce urban emissions by nearly 90% and support 87 million jobs annually by 2030 National governments must prioritise zero-carbon cities today in order to secure economic prosperity and high living standards tomorrow NEW YORK (September 19, 2019) — A new report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions, supported by 50 leading institutions,...

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Lauren Zelin

Low-Carbon Cities Are a $24 Trillion Opportunity

2 días ago
Low-Carbon Cities Are a $24 Trillion Opportunity Comments|Add Comment|PrintRiding the bus in Seattle. Increasing the share of passengers taking mass transit is worth more than $10 trillion. Photo by Brian Glanz/Flickr The world is facing a climate emergency, forcing us all to rethink the best way to spend resources, create jobs and improve quality of life for all. In these critical times, cities offer one of the biggest opportunities. With most of the world’s population, economic activity and...

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A Carbon Price Is Critical, but It’s Not a Silver Bullet

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A Carbon Price Is Critical, but It’s Not a Silver Bullet Comments|Add Comment|PrintWind turbines in southern California. Photo by Erik Wilde/Wikimedia Commons In the global battle to rein in greenhouse gas emissions and prevent disasters, most economists agree that a carbon price is a key tool in the toolbox. A carbon price brings the costs of climate impacts into everyday economic decisions and changes the relative cost of high-carbon and low-carbon goods. A carbon price provides incentives...

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Wil Thomas

STATEMENT: Trump Administration Revokes California’s Tailpipe Waiver

2 días 10 horas ago
STATEMENT: Trump Administration Revokes California’s Tailpipe Waiver Washington DC (September 18, 2019) – Today the Trump Administration announced that it will revoke California’s tailpipe waiver under the Clean Air Act. Tailpipe pollution is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Revoking the tailpipe waiver would have significant impacts in California and the 13 states that follow the Golden State’s clean air rules. California’s Attorney General has already...

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How Governments Can Make the Most of Insurance for Disasters like Hurricane Dorian

2 días 11 horas ago
How Governments Can Make the Most of Insurance for Disasters like Hurricane Dorian Comments|Add Comment|PrintCopernicus Sentinel-3 image shows Hurricane Dorian over the Bahamas on 2 September 2019. Photo by European Space Agency/Flickr Hurricane Dorian’s devastating hit on the Bahamas left the government scrambling to mobilize resources for disaster response and recovery. Government resources alone won’t be enough for long-term recovery and rebuilding, especially to rebuild in a more...

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Wil Thomas

As U.S. Government Retreats on Reducing Climate-warming Methane, 4 States Step Up

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As U.S. Government Retreats on Reducing Climate-warming Methane, 4 States Step Up Comments|Add Comment|PrintNatural gas is made of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Photo by Max Pixel In its latest retreat from federal action on climate change, the Trump administration announced plans to weaken regulations on methane emissions from oil and gas production. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed amendments would “rescind emissions limits for methane from the production and...

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Wil Thomas

Which Countries Have Long-term Strategies to Reduce Emissions?

3 días 7 horas ago
Which Countries Have Long-term Strategies to Reduce Emissions? Comments|Add Comment|PrintFires in the Amazon rainforest, August 2019. Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/flickr td { padding:10px; border-right:1px solid white; vertical-align: middle; } td { padding-left:10px; padding-top:8px; padding-bottom:8px; border: none; } tr:nth-child(odd) {background: #fff;} tr:nth-child(even) {background: rgb(255,228,175);} @media (min-width: 1000px){.climate-visual{ width: 1000px; margin-left:...

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Wil Thomas

What Does "Net-Zero Emissions" Mean? 6 Common Questions, Answered

3 días 12 horas ago
What Does "Net-Zero Emissions" Mean? 6 Common Questions, Answered Comments|Add Comment|PrintCountries need a variety of solutions, including renewable energy and healthy forests, to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Photo by Aaron Minnick/WRI. The latest research is clear: To avoid the worst climate impacts, global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will not only need to drop by half in the next 10 years, they will then have to reach net-zero around mid-century. Recognizing this...

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China Is Investing $13 Trillion in Construction. Will It Pursue Zero Carbon Buildings?

3 días 12 horas ago
China Is Investing $13 Trillion in Construction. Will It Pursue Zero Carbon Buildings? Comments|Add Comment|PrintGuangzhou’s Pearl River Tower, the first zero carbon building in China. Photo by Brad Wilkins/Creative Commons. */ China is in the midst of a construction mega-boom. The country has the largest buildings market in the world, making up 20% of all construction investment globally. And it’s only set to grow: China is expected to spend nearly $13 trillion on buildings by 2030. This...

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Wil Thomas

The 3 Key Tasks for World Leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit

3 días 14 horas ago
The 3 Key Tasks for World Leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit Comments|Add Comment|PrintUN headquarters in New York, site of the UN Climate Action Summit. Photo by MD111/flickr World leaders will soon gather in New York City for a summit on an urgent challenge that affects every aspect of our lives, from the economy to jobs, security and migration and our health. It is, of course, the climate crisis. The tens of thousands of fires recently afflicting the Amazon rainforest may have been...

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Wil Thomas

RELEASE: New Research Shows Zero Carbon Buildings Are Possible Where You Might Least Expect Them

4 días ago
RELEASE: New Research Shows Zero Carbon Buildings Are Possible Where You Might Least Expect Them WRI analysis finds that across locations and regulatory environments, there are many achievable policy pathways to zero carbon buildings WASHINGTON (September 17, 2019) — While zero carbon buildings have previously been assumed to be attainable only by technologically advanced or wealthy countries, new WRI research finds there are policy pathways to reach zero carbon buildings regardless of...

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Wil Thomas

The Kids Are Mad As Hell. And They Want Adults to Join Them in a Climate Action Strike

4 días 11 horas ago
The Kids Are Mad As Hell. And They Want Adults to Join Them in a Climate Action Strike Comments|Add Comment|PrintClimate strike, New York City, March 15, 2019. Photo by Pamela Drew/flickr This Friday, young people in the Unites States are joining with the global youth climate movement to go on strike to demand that adults act responsibly to protect their future. Led by a coalition of nine youth climate organizations, young people are asking adults to join the strike in solidarity. Global...

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Wil Thomas

For Rural Communities, Protecting Land Is a Better Investment than Deforestation

4 días 12 horas ago
For Rural Communities, Protecting Land Is a Better Investment than Deforestation Comments|Add Comment|PrintIn India, legal recognition of forest communities' land rights has enabled villages to invest in sustainable, more productive land management. Photo by Panos Pictures/Food and Land Use Coalition. In India's Narmada District — a verdant landscape of rivers, forests and fields — villages received formal, legal recognition of their land and resource rights in 2009. This took place after a...

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STATEMENT: New York Declaration of Forests assessment shows we’re losing the battle, but we can still beat deforestation

4 días 16 horas ago
STATEMENT: New York Declaration of Forests assessment shows we’re losing the battle, but we can still beat deforestation WASHINGTON, D.C. September 12, 2019 — A new report to assess progress on the New York Declaration of Forests (NYDF) —signed on September of 2014— was released today in the lead-up to the 2019 United Nations Climate Summit. Five years after a landmark pledge to cut the rate of natural forest loss by half and restore 150 million hectares of land by 2020, the global state of...

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Wil Thomas

Coffee Farmers in Costa Rica Are Brewing Up Solutions to Climate Change and Competition

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Coffee Farmers in Costa Rica Are Brewing Up Solutions to Climate Change and Competition Comments|Add Comment|PrintDon Armando Navarro explains the climate adaptation measures he has implemented on his coffee farm. Photo by Stefanie Tye Leer este blog en español Costa Rica has some 43,000 coffee farmers. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, coffee production in the southern region of Coto Brus, where farmers' situation is particularly worrying, has fallen by 50% in the last 15 years as...

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