Posts tagged with 'climate action'
Climate Action Must Progress Far Faster to Achieve 1.5 C Goal
Climate Action Must Progress Far Faster to Achieve 1.5 C Goal
Countries agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) and ideally 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) as part of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The latest science shows that emissions will need to drop ...
Green Space: An Underestimated Tool to Create More Equal Cities
Green Space: An Underestimated Tool to Create More Equal Cities
As coronavirus restrictions ease around the world, many consider a walk around their neighborhood for some fresh air to be a welcome break from confinement. However, socioeconomic status could greatly affect the landscapes people find on these strolls, particularly in how much ...
California Shows How the U.S. Can Reduce Transport Emissions
California Shows How the U.S. Can Reduce Transport Emissions
California will require that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state be emissions-free by 2035 – a move that is expected to lead to more than a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and an 80% cut in ...
Local Climate Action in US Proves Resilient to COVID-19
Local Climate Action in US Proves Resilient to COVID-19
In spite of a global pandemic and the worst economic conditions in nearly a century, U.S. states, cities and businesses are continuing to lead the fight against climate change. A new report by America’s Pledge provides crucial evidence that state ...
3 Hurdles to Racial Justice in Clean Energy – and 3 Ways U.S. Cities Can Overcome Them
3 Hurdles to Racial Justice in Clean Energy – and 3 Ways U.S. Cities Can Overcome Them
For years, city governments in the United States have taken the lead on committing to climate action, with more than 165 cities aiming for 100% community-wide clean energy. But whether ambitious goals translate to ambitious action is another question altogether, and ...
5 Ways Momentum for Climate Action Has Grown Since the Paris Agreement Was Signed
5 Ways Momentum for Climate Action Has Grown Since the Paris Agreement Was Signed
Since the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted in 2015 and signed by 175 countries on Earth Day the following year, global momentum to tackle the climate emergency has been building. Progress has been made on almost every front, ...
Earth Day at 50: Five Ways to Honor the Legacy and Change the World
Earth Day at 50: Five Ways to Honor the Legacy and Change the World
Fifty years ago, 20 million Americans (10% of the U.S. population at the time) took to the streets at the first Earth Day to demand a better future. Outraged by polluted air and water, by oil spills and the destruction ...
At World Urban Forum, Renewed Urgency to Safeguard Vulnerable Communities
At World Urban Forum, Renewed Urgency to Safeguard Vulnerable Communities
“Acknowledgement, voice and the right to negotiate” – that’s what’s needed to bring the world’s urban poor back into the system and begin creating cities that work for everyone, said Sheela Patel, chair of Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI), at the 10th ...
City Leaders Must Prioritize Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Communities
City Leaders Must Prioritize Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Communities
As thousands of urban leaders gather in Abu Dhabi for the World Urban Forum, the impacts of the climate crisis on cities have become more visible than ever. Severe floods tore through Jakarta last month. Heatwaves scorched cities from India to Europe last year. ...
5 Strategies that Achieve Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Simultaneously
5 Strategies that Achieve Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Simultaneously
Climate actions have often fallen into one of two strategies: mitigation efforts to lower or remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere, and adaptation efforts to adjust systems and societies to withstand the impacts of climate change. The separation has led to ...
8 Environment and Development Stories to Watch in the New Make-or-Break Decade
8 Environment and Development Stories to Watch in the New Make-or-Break Decade
The world was not kind to the environment over the past decade, the warmest in recorded history. Superstorm Sandy caused more than $70 billion of damages in the United States. Cities like Cape Town, South Africa, nearly ran out of water. Record floods killed ...
Transforming Transportation 2020 Day 2: Can Mobility Be a Bridge to the New Economy?
Transforming Transportation 2020 Day 2: Can Mobility Be a Bridge to the New Economy?
“All the things we want to do [in transport] are good for the climate. The question is how do we get there? How can transport be the champion?” said Ani Dasgupta, global director of WRI Ross Center, on the final ...
How to Prevent City Climate Action from Becoming "Green Gentrification"
How to Prevent City Climate Action from Becoming “Green Gentrification”
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans 14 years ago, hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs, homes and possessions. But some people were hit harder than others. Nearly two-thirds of jobs lost after the hurricane were lost by women, and ...
Putting People at the Center of Climate Action
Putting People at the Center of Climate Action
This commentary explores the social and economic benefits that climate action can deliver and uses real world examples to show how these benefits can be used to further equity and ensure a just transition to a new climate economy. In ...
Accelerating America's Pledge: How U.S. States, Cities and Businesses Can Deliver Ambitious Climate Action
Accelerating America’s Pledge: How U.S. States, Cities and Businesses Can Deliver Ambitious Climate Action
There’s been a dramatic groundswell of “bottom-up” climate leadership from U.S. states, cities and businesses in the face of a federal retreat on climate action. From state legislation mandating cleaner electricity sources to city policies encouraging all-electric buildings, these local ...
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