STATEMENT: US House of Representatives Advances Innovation Bill that Also Has a Major Impact on Reducing Climate Pollution

2 días 19 horas ago
STATEMENT: US House of Representatives Advances Innovation Bill that Also Has a Major Impact on Reducing Climate Pollution Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. The package includes landmark bipartisan legislation to phase out climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons, as well as other key provisions supporting clean energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, and environmental justice. This collection of bipartisan bills provides an...

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Kylee Barton

California Shows How the U.S. Can Reduce Transport Emissions

3 días 17 horas ago
California Shows How the U.S. Can Reduce Transport Emissions Comments|Add Comment|PrintCalifornia traffic jam. Photo by chrisinphilly5448/Flickr California will require that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state be emissions free by 2035—a move that is expected lead to more than a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and an 80% cut in nitrogen oxide emissions. While more than a dozen countries have set out targets banning the sale of gas guzzling cars, California is the...

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Wil Thomas

Young Forests Capture Carbon Quicker than Previously Thought

4 días 23 horas ago
Young Forests Capture Carbon Quicker than Previously Thought Comments|Add Comment|PrintNew research finds that letting forests regrow naturally can absorb 23% of the world's CO2 emissions every year. Photo by Tobias Wrzal/Flickr */ There’s increasing recognition of how nature can help tackle the climate crisis. From protecting standing forests to planting new trees, forests offer significant climate mitigation benefits. Now, new research shows that letting forests regrow on their own could...

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Sarah Parsons

Forests Near or Far Can Protect Water for Cities

5 días ago
Forests Near or Far Can Protect Water for Cities Comments|Add Comment|PrintNear or far, forests — like this one at the edge of Hong Kong — affect the movement, quality and availability of water in cities. Photo by Florian Wehde/Unsplash Water is essential to human health and well-being. In cities, leaders strive to provide secure access to clean, safe and affordable water. In rural areas, farmers hope for adequate rain and healthy rivers to produce healthy crops. The coronavirus pandemic...

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Sadof Alexander

STATEMENT: China Aims For Carbon Neutrality Before 2060

5 días 18 horas ago
STATEMENT: China Aims For Carbon Neutrality Before 2060 WASHINGTON (September 22, 2020)— Today in remarks delivered before the United Nations General Assembly, President Xi Jinping made a surprise announcement that China aims to achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 and to peak carbon emissions before 2030. This is the first time Chinese leadership has made a commitment about reaching net zero emissions. Following is a statement from Helen Mountford, Vice President, Climate and Economics,...

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Lauren Zelin

RELEASE: Urgent Investments in Carbon Dioxide Removal Offer Big Returns for Climate, Jobs and Post-COVID-19 Recovery, Says Economist Intelligence Unit Research Synthesis

6 días 17 horas ago
RELEASE: Urgent Investments in Carbon Dioxide Removal Offer Big Returns for Climate, Jobs and Post-COVID-19 Recovery, Says Economist Intelligence Unit Research Synthesis HTML Editor - Full Version SAN FRANCISCO, CA – According to a new research synthesis developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and sponsored by ClimateWorks Foundation, investments are urgently needed to rapidly develop and scale up the carbon dioxide removal (CDR) solutions critical to reaching net zero...

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Mansie Hough

Rural Women Must Be at the Heart of COVID-19 Response and Recovery

6 días 21 horas ago
Rural Women Must Be at the Heart of COVID-19 Response and Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintManioc farmer in Lukolela, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Ollivier Girard/CIFOR COVID-19 continues to sweep across the world, and has now spread from the developed world to the global South.  With rural populations making up three-quarters of the world’s poor, the impact of the pandemic will inevitably be most devastating in developing nations.   Emerging evidence from this pandemic and...

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Wil Thomas

7 Ways to Spot Robust Net-Zero National Commitments

6 días 23 horas ago
7 Ways to Spot Robust Net-Zero National Commitments Comments|Add Comment|PrintIn order to limit warming, national governments must seriously commit to achieving net-zero emissions. Photo by Zbynek Burival/Unsplash In 2015, the Paris Agreement set a global goal to limit warming to well below 2 degrees C, while aiming for a limit of 1.5 degrees C. Achieving this goal and avoiding exceedingly dangerous levels of global warming requires slashing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in half by 2030...

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Sadof Alexander

I've Worked on Climate Policy for 30 Years. Western US Fires Are the Scariest Thing I’ve Seen.

6 días 23 horas ago
I've Worked on Climate Policy for 30 Years. Western US Fires Are the Scariest Thing I’ve Seen. Comments|Add Comment|PrintAs wildfires continue to rage, millions of people living in the Western United States are experiencing the consequences of climate inaction. Photo by U.S. Forest Service — Pacific Northwest Region/Flickr On September 9, 2020, I woke up before dawn for an early conference call with some East Coast colleagues. But the dawn never arrived that day in Berkeley, California....

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Sadof Alexander

As the UN Turns 75, Countries Should Embrace a Shared Vision of a Fairer, Safer and More Sustainable Future

1 semana 2 días ago
As the UN Turns 75, Countries Should Embrace a Shared Vision of a Fairer, Safer and More Sustainable Future Comments|Add Comment|Print75 years after its founding, the United Nation's core mission to solve global challenges holds true. Photo by Mat Reding/Unsplash This year is the 75th anniversary of the United Nations — an institution created in the wake of World War II, when the world was looking to emerge from a tragic era filled with conflict and political and economic turmoil. The U.N. was...

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Sadof Alexander

6 Graphics Explain the Climate Feedback Loop Fueling US Fires

1 semana 4 días ago
6 Graphics Explain the Climate Feedback Loop Fueling US Fires Comments|Add Comment|PrintBobcat Fire, as seen from Monrovia, California. Photo by Eddiem360/Wikimedia Commons Fires blazing across the Western United States have claimed dozens of lives, destroyed countless properties, displaced hundreds of thousands of residents, and worsened air quality at a time when the coronavirus pandemic threatens respiratory health. The ominous skies are a preview of what’s to come in a world of continued...

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Wil Thomas

STATEMENT: Business Roundtable Calls for a “Comprehensive” Approach to Address Climate Change

1 semana 5 días ago
STATEMENT: Business Roundtable Calls for a “Comprehensive” Approach to Address Climate Change WASHINGTON (September 16, 2020)--The Business Roundtable (BRT), an association of chief executive officers from more than 200 leading companies, across every economic sector, with more than 15 million employees and generating more than $7.5 trillion in annual revenues, issued a call for ambitious action on climate change. In Addressing Climate Change: Principles and Policies, BRT calls on the federal...

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Lauren Zelin

Using the Ocean As a Tool for Global Economic Recovery

1 semana 5 días ago
Using the Ocean As a Tool for Global Economic Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintCoastal communities, which heavily rely on the ocean economy, are among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Nilantha Ilanguamuwa/Flickr The ocean economy, which contributes upwards of $1.5 trillion in value added to the global economy, was particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a projected loss of $1.9 billion for international shipping carriers alone. Coastal communities were hardest...

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Sadof Alexander

6 Keys to Turn Coastal Resilience Plans into Action

1 semana 5 días ago
6 Keys to Turn Coastal Resilience Plans into Action Comments|Add Comment|PrintEarly warning systems have helped Bangladesh reduce casualties from cyclones. Photo by Amir Jina/Flickr. Cyclone Amphan slammed into countries surrounding the Sea of Bengal this May. The storm was the second most powerful the region has seen in two decades, affecting over 12 million people in four countries. In Bangladesh, the water surged up to 4 meters (13 feet) and 26 people died, with $130 million estimated in...

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Wil Thomas

Not Enough Climate Action in Stimulus Plans

1 semana 5 días ago
Not Enough Climate Action in Stimulus Plans Comments|Add Comment|PrintElectric vehicle charging stations, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Mariordo/Wikimedia Commons Governments have already announced $11.8 trillion in fiscal stimulus in response to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, more than three times the amount spent in response to the Great Recession of 2008-09. While most of it will prioritize healthcare and direct support to the unemployed, about 30% of stimulus packages are being spent...

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Wil Thomas

RELEASE: Science Based Targets initiative launches process to develop first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero targets

1 semana 6 días ago
RELEASE: Science Based Targets initiative launches process to develop first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero targets The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has today launched a process to develop the first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero target setting, to ensure that companies’ net-zero targets translate into action that is consistent with achieving a net-zero world by no later than 2050. The process is marked with the publication of a new paper...

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