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Key Elements of the Paris Climate Agreement: Deepening International Action

World leaders will meet in Paris to finalize an international climate change agreement that will require deeper emissions reduction commitments from all countries. If all goes well, all major countries will enshrine their new climate commitments in...

Posted November 26, 2015    

Why Japan's Climate Action Deserves a Failing Grade

Jake Schmidt, Director, International Program, Washington, DCWe have given a "climate grade" to key countries for their climate actions and new targets in the lead-in to the Paris climate agreement. Nobody is receiving top marks - an "A+" - but some...

Posted November 3, 2015    

Why Canada Gets an F Grade for its Action on Climate Change

Countries accounting for more than ninety percent of the world's emissions have announced new climate actions in preparation for the Paris agreement to be adopted this December. But not all of those climate action plans deserve a passing grade. In...

Posted October 26, 2015    

Building a Global Climate Agreement that Will Work: Country Action by All Major Emitters

Almost 20 years ago opponents to climate action ran advertising campaigns throughout the US with the tagline "it's not global and it won't work". This framing still seems to pop up from policymakers and companies that want to deny the need for...

Posted September 30, 2015    

China and US Commit to Strengthened Domestic and International Climate Actions

Last November, as part of the joint announcement at the APEC meeting in Beijing, China and the US agreed to new targets to cut their carbon pollution. This year the two countries are focusing on implementation of these goals, formalizing more...

Posted September 29, 2015    

Indonesia Announces Next Round of Plans to Cut its Climate Pollution

Indonesia formally announced its target to cut carbon pollution as a part of the Paris climate agreement. The country - one of the top ten emitters in the world - announced that it will cut emissions 29 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2030...

Posted September 25, 2015    

China's new 2030 Climate Target Will Contribute to a Lower and Earlier Emissions Peak

China formally submitted its climate pledge for the post-2020 period in preparation for the new international climate agreement to be finalized this December in Paris. A number of these details were announced as part of the US-China climate...

Posted July 6, 2015    

G7 Agreement Adds Momentum to Strong Global Climate Agreement this Year

The Group of Seven (G7) countries have sent a clear signal that they want a strong international climate agreement this year that puts the world on a much better path to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. The G7 includes some of the...

Posted June 10, 2015    

Catalyzing Major Climate Actions by All Key Players Around the World this Year

Progress on climate change can seem depressingly slow--especially to young people full of energy and expectation. But look closer, resist the tug of hopelessness, and you can see progress everywhere. Clean energy is both technically and economically...

Posted May 29, 2015    

The U.S. Can and Must Rise to the Global Challenge of Climate Change

We have a responsibility to protect our children and future generations from the effects of climate change by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants. This can be done in a manner that protects public health, spurs...

Posted April 25, 2015    

Broad Support for the U.S. Climate Change Commitment

This post was co-written by Han Chen from NRDC. Recently the White House submitted its formal proposal to cut U.S. emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. In an earlier post I discussed the implications this commitment would have in...

Posted April 12, 2015    

U.S. Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions

The U.S. and eleven other countries are in the final stages of a trade agreement - the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - that would, if completed, be the biggest trade agreement in recent history. It would cover countries accounting for over forty...

Posted January 22, 2015