UN appoints new head of climate science

  UN appoints new head of climate science
3:50pm - 7 October 2015

Professor Hoesung Lee of South Korea has been elected as the new head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, Policy

California to sign landmark climate deal

  California to sign landmark climate deal
10:46am - 7 October 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown will sign a deal on Wednesday to increase renewable electricity use to 50% and double the energy efficiency of buildings

North America, Policy, Smart Cities, Sustainable Energy

UN set to appoint new head of climate science

  UN set to appoint new head of climate science
6:17pm - 6 October 2015

The United Nations’ new top climate science official will be announced this week, with six candidates in the running to become head of the IPCC

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Policy
  Sustainable momentum at Avery Dennison

Sustainable momentum at Avery Dennison

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Tech. & Innovation

Climate Action spoke to Dean Scarborough, Chairman and CEO at Avery Dennison, about the company's approach to sustainability and the low-carbon solutions the company will be offering at COP21 in Paris in December

  Landscape restoration – a winning strategy in a warmer world

Landscape restoration – a winning strategy in a warmer world

Worldwide, Agriculture, Policy

Dr Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)

  UN releases draft text for COP21 global climate deal

UN releases draft text for COP21 global climate deal

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Policy

The United Nations has released a new shortened version of the negotiating text for the international COP21 summit taking place in Paris in December

  Global environmental markets: Carbon Trade Exchange

Global environmental markets: Carbon Trade Exchange

Europe, North America, Oceania, Carbon Reduction, Sustainable Energy

Wayne Sharpe is the chairman and founder of Carbon Trade Exchange, the world’s first and largest global platform for trading in environmental commodity markets including carbon, RECs and water

  Smarter cars in smarter cities

Smarter cars in smarter cities

Europe, Smart Cities, Tech. & Innovation, Transport

Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA)

  Ramboll wins urban resilience study for Asian Development Bank

Ramboll wins urban resilience study for Asian Development Bank

Asia, Europe, Smart Cities

Ramboll is to deliver a study on solutions that enhance resilience and reduce carbon emissions in large Asian cities.



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  • New Portal Allows Citizens to Participate in United Nations Environment Assembly...

    The portal aims to increase citizen participation in the resolutions and issues addressed by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)...

    UNEP Chief Welcomes the Election of New IPCC Chair...

    IPCC's leadership on climate change is crucial in the run-up to COP21....

    New UN Report Details Ecosystem Services of Almost One Billion Dollars Annually in Four Pilot...

    ProEcoServ assessed ecosystem services such as water, soil retention, shoreline protection, carbon sequestration and pollination in South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Viet Nam and Chile...

    UNEP Executive Director Welcomes Illegal Wildlife Trade Provisions in TPP...

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal contains unprecedented provisions to combat illegal wildlife trade....

    Government Guidelines on Citizen Access to Environmental Justice Mechanisms Published...

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  • South Sudan: FAO air operation delivers agriculture aid to hard-to-access areas

    FAO’s rapid response operation in conflict-torn South Sudan has delivered livelihood assistance to 60,000 food-insecure households in hard-to-reach areas of northern Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States, where food stocks are running out and most families have been unable to produce food this year.

    New partnership to promote sustainable mechanization of agriculture

    FAO and the European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association CEMA, an international non-profit organisation, today forged a new partnership that aims to promote wider use of sustainable agricultural mechanization in developing countries.

    FAO at your local fish market

    Permesso! (Pardon me!) a man yells as he pushes a large cart with stacked boxes of fresh seafood through a crowd gathered on the dock of the Fiumicino fish harbor, half an hour outside of Rome. One trawler after another dock in quick succession to unload the spoils of the day's fishing expedition - a choreographed ballet of men passing crates of shrimp, soles, sardines and squid from the boat onto shore.

    Nepal enshrines the Right to Food in new constitution

    President Ram Baran Yadav unveiled the long-awaited new constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on 20 September 2015, which recognizes the Right to Food as a fundamental right of the citizens of Nepal.

    FAO-ECLAC: Latin America and the Caribbean is exemplary region in fight against hunger

    In the framework of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, FAO’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, and the Executive Secretary of ECLAC, Alicia Bárcena met with members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC, in Spanish) Quartet, to review the state of food and nutrition security in the region and discuss how to address the challenges ahead.

  • Lima Call for Climate Action Puts World on Track to Paris 2015

    A new 2015 agreement on climate change, that will harness action by all nations, took a further important step forward in Lima following two weeks of negotiations by over 190 countries.

    New Portal Highlights City and Private Sector Climate Action

    A way to increase the visibility of the wealth of climate action by cities, regions, companies and investors was launched today by the government of Peru.

    New Documentary Raises Awareness for Adaptation Needs

    A new documentary released on 11 December 2014 highlights the growing recognition of the need for adaptation to climate change around the world, as recognized by governments at this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Lima.

    Winners of United Nations Climate Change Awards Honoured in Lima

    Delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, were treated to an evening of hope and optimism as the winners of the 2014 Momentum for Change Awards were feted tonight at a gala event.

    Forest Announcements Pave Way for Climate Action

    At the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, a group of five countries has taken steps towards improved national and global forest action.

  • Calls for sustainable urbanisation as the globe celebrates World Habitat Day

    New York/New Delhi/Nairobi 6 October 2015—World Habitat Day was marked on Monday with calls for sustainable urbanisation across the globe. In a message during a World Habitat Day High Level Discussion on ‘Public Spaces for All’ In New York, United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon said the recent adoption of the Sustainable Development […]

    UN-Habitat and the International Road Transport Union sign MOU

    New York 6th October 2015 — On the sidelines of the historic United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, UN-Habitat and the International Road Transport Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding. “The MOU marks the beginning of a collaboration that will bring together the transport industry including bus, coach, taxi and truck operators, from […]

    Celebrations planned around the globe to mark World Habitat Day

    Nairobi 5 October 2015—The United Nations, national and regional governments, learning institutions, non-governmental organisations as well as private individuals have lined up a series of events to mark this year’s World Habitat Day which is being commemorated today. Celebrated on the first Monday of October every year, the purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect […]

    United Nations adopts SDGs, cities in greater focus

    New York 1 October 2015—Last Friday at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The milestone of this is a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Also known as the Global Goals, the SDGs will build […]

    Colombia and El Salvador exchange experiences on metropolitan observatories

    San Salvador, 1 October 2015—Representatives from San Salvador and Bucaramanga, the capital city of the department of Santander, Colombia, recently held a technical meeting where they exchanged knowledge with regard to the implementation of methodologies, indicators updating and installation of the technology platform for the Observatory of the Metropolitan Area of El Salvador’s capital. The […]

  • In South Sudan, WFP Provides Lifesaving Food To People Isolated By Crisis

    WFP and its partners have just provided emergency assistance to more than 20,000 people in Koch County, a region of South Sudan's Unity State that had been inaccessible to humanitarian groups since April, when the latest round of violence broke out. Although the warring parties have signed a peace deal that many hope will resolve the nearly two-year-old conflict, access and insecurity continue to challenge humanitarian groups in many parts of the country. 

    Mauritania: Reaching Families in Need

    You travel through the countryside in southern Mauritania, heading to Kaedi – about 400 kilometres away from the capital, towards the border with Senegal. You have five to six hours to take in the world unfolding around you. The rolling hills. The dunes of sand. The brightly coloured houses dotting the desert. A camel. Not giving a ride but taking one – in the back of a jeep.  The sky. In the bluest shade you can imagine, with big, fluffy clouds gliding across it. 

    Ironing out Deficiencies in Indian School Children

    Every school day, Deepak Kumar Patro, who is in grade seven, receives a bowl of rice, soya, eggs and dal provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) as part of its school meals programme.

    10 Facts About Hunger

    Here are ten things to know to understand the global food and nutrition situation. Please help the World Food Programme (WFP) raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.

    10 Things You Should Know About Rugby’s Fight Against Hunger

    For Rugby World Cup 2015, fans from all over the world are putting their weight behind a challenge off the pitch: raising awareness and funds for the World Food Programme (WFP)’s school meals and emergency response work around the world.

  • ADB Trade Finance Program and CB Bank Agreement to Support Myanmar Trade

    ADB's Trade Finance Program and Cooperative Bank (CB Bank) today signed an agreement that enables the TFP to provide guarantees of up to $12 million per annum in support of the trade finance operations of CB Bank.

    ADB Extends New Loan to Expand Southwest Area Water Project

    ADB is providing fresh assistance to expand a water resources project in the southwest of Banglandesh that has sharply increased agriculture production and benefited over 191,000 people, including landless farmers and women.

    ADB Dan Mitra Bantu Sektor Energi Bagi Pertumbuhan Indonesia

    ADB telah menyetujui pinjaman senilai $500 juta, termasuk $100 juta dari ASEAN Infrastructure Fund yang dikelola ADB, untuk membantu menstimulasi sektor energi Indonesia.

    ADB, Partners to Help Energy Sector Drive Indonesia’s Growth

    ADB has approved a $500 million loan to help stimulate Indonesia’s energy sector, support the government’s reform agenda, and unleash the sector’s potential as a key engine of sustainable economic growth.

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    ວຽງຈັນ, ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ – ທະນາຄານພັດທະນາອາຊີ (ເອດີບີ) ແລະ ລັດຖະບານແຫ່ງ ສປປ ລາວ ໄດ້ລົງຮ່ວມລົງນາມໃນສັນຍາທືນກູ້ຢືມມູນຄ່າ $23 ລ້ານ ສຳລັບແຜນງານບໍລິຫານຄຸ້ມຄອງຂະແໜງ ສາທາລະນະສຸກ (ໄລຍະ 1) ເພື່ອປັບປຸງການສະໜອງການບໍລິການດ້ານສາທາລະນະສຸກ ໂດຍສະເພາະໃຫ້ກັບປະຊາຊົນຜູ້ທຸກ ຍາກ, ແມ່ຍີງ ແລະ ເດັກນ້ອຍໃນ ສປປ ລາວ. ສັນຍາແຜນງານດັ່ງກ່າວແມ່ນໄດ້ຮັບການລົງນາມຕາງໜ້າໃຫ້ແກ່ລັດຖະບານແຫ່ງ ສປປ ລາວ ໂດຍ ທ່ານ ນາງ ທິບພະກອນ ຈັນທະວົງສາ, ລັດຖະມົນຕີຊ່ວຍວ່າການກະຊວງການເງີນ ແລະ ຕາງໜ້າຝ່າຍເອດີບີແມ່ນ ທ່ານ ນາງ ແຊນດຼ້າ ນິໂຄຣ, ຜູ້ຕາງໜ້າສຳນັກງານເອດີບີປະຈຳ ສປປ ລາວ.

  • 7 days left: Apply now to tell your story in Paris

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    Dynamic discussions at WFC 2015 in Durban? Think CIFOR

    We’re looking forward to some great knowledge exchange with our colleagues from around the world, at the World Forestry Congress...

    A panel of experts discuss landscapes at World Water Week

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    52nd Annual Meeting of The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

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    Who Pays and Who Benefits? – Side event at SBSTA-42

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  • EIB supports Fabege’s construction of near-zero-energy-buildings

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided a EUR 100 million long-term loan to Swedish property company Fabege for the development of two large office buildings with a superior environmental performance. These will be located in Solna (Arenastaden), a former industrial area that is being transformed into a modern and sustainable district. During the construction of the new buildings, Fabege will use modern energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The near-zero-energy-building...

    EIB fosters high-speed mobile broadband services in Finland and Estonia

    The Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Jan Vapaavuori, has signed a EUR 150 million loan with the telecom operator Elisa for the upgrading and expansion of its mobile network in Finland and Estonia. During his official visit to Finland, Vice-President Vapaavuori also spoke alongside the Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä at an event about the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The large-scale rollout of 4th generation Long-Term Evolution (4G/LTE) mobile network...

    EIB joins forces with İlbank for green municipal funding in Turkey

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and İller Bankasi A.Ş. (İlbank) signed today an agreement of EUR 250 million for financing municipal investment schemes in the public transport, water and waste sectors throughout Turkey. The agreement was signed today in a public ceremony in Istanbul in the presence of Mr. İdris Güllüce, Minister of Environment and Urbanization of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Ahmet Genç, Deputy Undersecretary at the Undersecretariat of Treasury, Mr. Fuat Gedik, Chairman of t...

    L'IMOG inaugure le premier projet « Smart Cities » de la BEI et de Belfius en Flandre

    La station-service au gaz naturel comprimé de l'intercommunale IMOG a été inaugurée vendredi dernier à Harelbeke. Il s'agit du premier projet réalisé en Flandre dans le cadre du programme « Smart Cities » de la Banque européenne d'investissement (BEI) et de Belfius. La construction de cette station contribuera à réduire les émissions générées par l'IMOG lors de la collecte régionale des déchets en porte-à-porte. Mais le parc automobile de l'intercommunale ne sera pas le seul à« rouler plus v...

    EU Bank extends its presence in Croatia and provides support to Dubrovnik Airport

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has today officially inaugurated its EIB Group Office in Croatia to strengthen relations with promoters, partner banks and enhance its outreach in the country. EIB Group Office for Croatia will be headed by Mr Anton Kovačev.       The EU Bank also signed today loans amounting to EUR 17.5 million for the expansion and upgrade of the airport in Dubrovnik: EUR 7 million as a direct loan to the promoter - Dubrovnik Airport and EUR 10.5 million as an intermedia...

  • Cities and Local Governments Day

    Paris, France

    People´s Climate March

    Paris, France

    City Climate Leadership Award Ceremony

    Paris, France

    UCLG World Council (exact dates tbd)

    Paris, France

    CEMR Annual Meeting (exact date tbd)

    Paris, France

  • The technological revolution and its impact on the economy of Latin America and the Caribbean

    IDBs Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean analyzes impact of technological change on integration and trade

    International development banker James P. Scriven appointed IIC General Manager

    IIC has appointed international development banker James P. Scriven as its new General Manager.

    Peru to improve and expand its single windows for employment and international trade

    Peru will improve and expand its single windows for employment and international trade with the help of $50 million in loans from the IDB.

    Young Latin American Entrepreneurs Celebrated for innovative solutions that improve lives in cities

    Young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean recognized by IDB and Blum Center for innovative solutions that accelerate developm

    The IDB, Business and Environmental Leaders Unite to Advance Latin American Agriculture for Global Food Security

    The IDB and Leaders from agribusiness and the environmental movement launched a public-private funding platform for sustainable agriculture.

  • Water-Energy-Food Security in the Context of Mining


    Water, energy and food (WEF) security are critical to human well-being and include aspects of supply, demand and access to these three necessary components.

    Large-scale development efforts such as mining, agriculture or industrial development affect people’s WEF security in positive and negative ways. These developments often improve infrastructure, employment opportunities and food production and can provide significant opportunities to improve WEF. However, there are often negative, often unintended, consequences of such development, such as water quality, energy pricing and inequitable opportunities, and these must be addressed for long-term sustainability.

    This is why IISD has been focusing on integrating water-energy-food security in resource management and development decisions.

    The case for exploring mining in Suriname

    With the growing importance of mining as a major driver in economic development, there is increasing...

    Taking Stock: A brief analysis of the UN Sustainable Development Summit

    As world leaders gathered from 25 to 27 September 2015 at the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in New York, eyes were firmly set on the challenge that lies ahead—implementation. This is IISD Reporting Services' recap and analysis of the historic summit. 

    How We Do Things at IISD-ELA: Collecting a fish muscle biopsy

    How We Do Things at IISD-ELA is a series of videos that highlight research conducted by scientists at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA), a unique freshwater science research facility in northwest Ontario, Canada.

    Ever since the incidence of mercury toxicity in Minamata, Japan, high levels of mercury in fish has been a topic of global concern. Mercury gets into lakes either from the atmosphere or from point sources of pollution, and from there it accumulates in the organisms that live in the lake. Through a process called biomagnification, animals at the top of the aquatic food web, including fish, accumulate the most mercury. If these concentrations are high enough, the fish can be unsafe for people to eat.

    By examining mercury accumulation in fish at IISD-Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA), we can help scientists and governments better understand how this process works, and how long it takes for mercury levels to decrease after pollution stops. The lakes at...

    Dr. Hank Venema to Lead Development of Prairie Climate Centre

    Dr. Henry David (Hank) Venema has been appointed Director of Planning for the newly launched Prairie Climate Centre. He will actively contribute to the launch and implementation of the Centre, building on the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD) substantive knowledge related to climate change adaptation, the green economy, and sustainable development on the Canadian Prairies.

    From 2004 to 2013, Dr. Venema led IISD’s research on water and agricultural issues in pioneering the application of natural capital principles to water management challenges in Western Canada. He has served as IISD's Chief Scientist since 2014.

    The Prairie Climate Centre is a collaborative initiative of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the University of Winnipeg, and other current and future partners that aims to enable governments, businesses and community members in Manitoba and across the Prairies to identify and implement the actions that...

    Chapter: Trade and Sustainable Development from <em>Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New Global Realities</em>

    Sustainable development is one of the most difficult policy challenges of our time. It is also closely linked to the global trading system. In this chapter from IRPP's Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New Global Realities, IISD President Scott Vaughan describes how environmental concerns have become part of international trade policy over the past two decades, and discusses some of the implications for Canada.

  • Africa Renewable Energy Projects Making a Difference

    IRENA’s newly released report Africa 2030 provides a comprehensive roadmap for the continent’s energy transition, and illuminates a viable path to prosperity through renewable energy development. The report finds that Africa could feasibly generate 22% of its energy needs through the use of indigenous, clean, renewable energy by 2030. This is more than quadruple the 5% in place … Continue reading Africa Renewable Energy Projects Making a Difference

    “RE-energizing Africa” With Renewables – SAIREC 2015

    Energy is a vital concern across Africa. The continent’s total electricity consumption increased 650% between 1971 and 2013, from 80 TWh to 600 TWh, and this growth is expected to continue. Over the next 25 years, electricity demand will triple in Southern Africa and quadruple in Eastern Africa. Beyond the growth expected in the existing energy … Continue reading “RE-energizing Africa” With Renewables – SAIREC 2015

    Sustainable Energy for All and SDG 7 in Focus

    World leaders gathered last weekend at the United Nations General Assembly and formally adopted new development goals as successors to the Millennium Development Goals – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 ambitious global goals will set the course for the world’s development over the next 15 years. They broadly cover poverty, health, gender equality, … Continue reading Sustainable Energy for All and SDG 7 in Focus

    A Look at IRENA’s Geothermal Initiative in the Andes

    Geothermal energy is an abundant resource in the Andean region that has enormous potential to provide low-cost clean energy, though it remains largely untapped. The total geothermal resource capacity of the region is approximately 12 gigawatts, which equals the total installed global geothermal capacity in 2014. Despite such considerable and unique geothermal energy potential, no … Continue reading A Look at IRENA’s Geothermal Initiative in the Andes

    Map Your Energy, Tweet and Win!

    Show your Twitter chops, learn more about renewable energy potentials worldwide, AND enter to win a Crosskase solar charging backpack with just one Tweet! Between now and 30 September, download IRENA’s Global Atlas pocket – a free mobile tool that can show you the renewable energy potential for any location in the world – and complete the following … Continue reading Map Your Energy, Tweet and Win!

  • Communiqué: ITU symposium and workshop promote efficient use of spectrum and satellite orbit resources

    Experts meet in Viet Nam to focus on Asia and the Pacific Geneva, 2 October 2015 – The ITU International Satellite Symposium 2015 and Workshop on the “Efficient Use of the Spectrum/Orbit Resource” took place in Da Nang City, Viet Nam from 29...

    Press release: Global ICT leaders to share insights at ITU Telecom World 2015

    Leadership Summit to focus on accelerating ICT innovation for social impact MEDIA ACCREDITATION OPEN Geneva, 30 September 2015 – The rapid pace of digital transformation is creating new ecosystems, players and even industries – all holding tremendous potential. But how can this potential...

    Press release: ITU launches annual award recognizing leadership in sustainable development through ICTs

    Celebrating the power of information and communications technology   to drive the global 2030 development agenda New York, 27 September 2015 –  ITU emphasized the vital role that information and communication technology (ICT) will play in meeting the new Sustainable Development...

    Press release: UN Broadband Commission affirms new focus on Sustainable Development Goals

    Broadband networks and services can act as a powerful catalyst to accelerate development actions and transform lives and communities New York, 26 September 2015 – The power of broadband to leapfrog development roadblocks and bring access to education, healthcare and employment opportunities...

    Press release: ITU Telecom World 2015 Young Innovators Competition: ITU and Intel announce winners of Single Board Challenge

    Challenge highlights use of single board devices for social good MEDIA ACCREDITATION OPEN Geneva, 25 September 2015 – ITU and Intel have announced the two winners of the final ITU Telecom World 2015 Young Innovators Competition challenge: their Single Board Challenge. The...

  • Court Rules that EPA Failed to Protect U.S. Waters from Aquatic Invasive Species

    ANN ARBOR, MICH. (October 5, 2015) – In a unanimous 3-0 decision that has ramifications for waters across the country—from Long Island Sound to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico to San Francisco Bay—the U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit today ruled that the U.S. EPA failed its responsibility under the Clean Water Act to protect U.S. waters from aquatic invasive species introduced by ballast water discharge. Ballast water invaders cost citizens, businesses, industry, and municipalities billions of dollars per year annually due to damages and control costs. 

    Groups Petition EPA for Emergency Response to Flint, MI Drinking Water Contamination

    CHICAGO (October 1, 2015) – In response to the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a coalition of local citizens and national groups petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to take emergency action to secure safe, lead-free water for the City’s children and families. Flint-based Coalition for Clean Water, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, and the Natural Resources Defense Council joined the petition to trigger the EPA to launch a comprehensive federal response to the ongoing crisis. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA is empowered to stop “imminent and substantial endangerment to human health” such as the elevated lead levels in Flint’s drinking water. 

    India Announces Strong Climate Commitment

    NEW YORK (October 1, 2015)—India formally announced its long-term plan to curb its greenhouse gas emissions today as part of the global effort to limit Earth’s temperature rise to 2°C. At the core of India’s climate commitment is a 33-35% emissions intensity reduction based on 2005 levels—building on its Copenhagen pledge of a 20-25% intensity reduction by 2020.

    New Air Quality Standard Insufficient to Protect Public Health

    WASHINGTON (October 1, 2015) – The Obama Administration today tightened the limit for ground-level ozone or smog pollution—one of the most pervasive and dangerous pollutants we inhale—to 70 parts per billion (ppb). 

    NRDC: Ohio’s Energy Policies Today Determine State’s Future

    CHICAGO (September 30, 2015) – The Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee released a highly anticipated report today outlining their recommendations on the fate of Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency polices. 

  • Corporate WASH pledge helps 1.6 million people gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene

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    Sustainable Procurement Guide

    Informed procurement choices can support the sustainable management of forests, help protect workers’ health and the rights of the people who depend on forests. Growing numbers of private and public sector actors are setting ambitious targets to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. The question remains: How to implement and deliver on these commitments?

    From waste to opportunity: Over 20 companies launch new project to scale up material reuse across US facilities

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    Raising the bar for the forest products value chain

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    Land degradation neutrality: Why this should be on top of the business agenda

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  • South Africa Pledges to Peak Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2025

    South Africa’s newly released climate plan pledges to peak national emissions that cause climate change by 2025 and goes further than other countries on adaptation by quantifying what it will cost to adapt to climate change in light of several possible emissions scenarios. National greenhouse gas emissions will peak between 2020 and 2025, plateau for approximately a decade, and decline in absolute terms thereafter under South Africa’s plan, known as an Intended National Determined...

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    A Closer Look at Brazil’s New Climate Plan (INDC)

    This week Brazil formally submitted its climate plan, also known as its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). The country’s INDC comes on the heels of joint climate change declarations it’s made in recent months with China, Germany and the United States, showing that the country is committed to a creating a successful international climate agreement in Paris later this year. The INDC calls for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 37 percent below 2005 levels by 2025; 43...

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    7 Big Moments from Climate Week 2015

    Even for those of us who work on climate change every day, last week was one of the most inspiring events in a long time. From the Pope’s messages to renewed business engagement to major countries throwing their support behind action, the sense of momentum was striking. With the Paris climate summit only two months away, leaders harnessed the opportunity to raise their voices and make it known that business, the public, governments, faith groups and civil society are taking climate action to...

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    Setting the Bar for Success at the Paris Climate Summit

    This December, negotiators from nearly 200 countries will convene in Paris with the aim of forging a legally-binding international climate agreement. The new pact will incorporate more ambitious national commitments to address climate change than ever before. What is the proper yardstick for measuring success in Paris? Is it whether country leaders agree to a new global pact, or does success hinge on whether country commitments will limit global warming to under 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F)?...

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    US-China Climate Change Announcement Signals New Phase for Global Action

    Nearly a year ago, the United States and China laid out their national climate action plans for the coming years. These were the first in what is now a substantial list of national climate action plans—plans that will form the basis of a new international climate agreement to be finalized in Paris later this year. Now, the world’s two biggest emitters have taken the next step by cementing their plans, jointly announcing key actions they’ll take to achieve their national goals, and clarifying...

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