Climate plans from 'non-state actors' hold great promise, but often lack substance -- study
When U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened world leaders in New York on climate change last year and called for ambition from boardrooms to state legislatures, hundreds of CEOs, mayors, governors and civil society heads signed voluntary pledges to tackle global warming.
Now a new study in Nature Climate Change finds that just five of the 29 action plans signed at the summit include explicit new mitigation pledges that can be tracked.
World can limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, but needs to act fast -- study
As researchers debate whether it is still feasible to stay within 2 degrees Celsius of global warming over preindustrial levels, a new study declares it is possible to keep the world even cooler.
The report published in Nature Climate Change today finds that keeping below a 1.5-degree temperature rise -- where island nations and other vulnerable communities say the world must get to in order to protect their existence -- can happen. But, the authors maintain, doing so will take rapid and immediate action on energy efficiency and the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Paris summit, drilling worries, indigenous rights collide at Arctic conference
Speaking toward the end of a two-day conference filled with vague predictions, pledges of international cooperation and diplomatic hedging, Jan Olsson was blunt.
"The road to COP 21 seems pretty cold, doesn't it?" Olsson, Sweden's ambassador to the environment, said yesterday at the country's embassy in Washington, D.C., about the Paris climate summit in December.
Gov. Brown signs sweeping climate agreement with 11 international governments
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) yesterday announced a pact with a dozen subnational governments from around the world, aimed at spurring ambitious climate commitments at upcoming U.N. negotiations.
Officials from regional governments in Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States signed an agreement in Sacramento limiting their greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to levels that scientists say would stave off catastrophic climate change.
Canada under fire for not regulating oil sands in new emissions plan
Canada faced a chorus of criticism from environmental groups around the world over the weekend after it announced a plan to cut greenhouse gases that critics blasted as weak and actually locking in high levels of emissions.
Under the target submitted Friday to the United Nations, the Canadian government pledged to cut emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.