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Climate change is a global issue. It matters not who creates the greenhouse gases, they spread globally. The converse is also true. Mitigation efforts occur locally but they spread globally. Global safety is dependent upon our interdependence.

CCR is primarily focused on America’s contribution to climate change and America’s efforts to mitigate climate change. That is huge enough for one website. This does not mean that CCR is oblivious to global connections and global effects. The US can contribute massively to the global effort as well as learn from the many countries outside its borders. 

Unfortunately, in May 2017, Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. That withdrawal took effect on November 4, 2020. The good news is that President Joe Biden, on his first day in office, rejoined the Paris Agreement (which took effect on February 19, 2021) and appointed John Kerry as his energy czar. As Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry will play perhaps the most critical role internationally in managing a planetary crisis. To succeed, he’ll need to repair the diplomatic damage done by former President Donald Trump while steering through clashing interests at home: a defiant private sector on the one hand, and strident climate activists on the other.

The Climate Action Tracker follows governments to assess their compliance with the Paris Agreement. The US is currently rated as “critically insufficient.” Most recently the CAT said, “US emissions in 2020 will be lower as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Trump Administration’s continuous rollback of climate policy and its response to the pandemic will counteract some of the drop in emissions. Instead of initiating a green recovery the administration used the pandemic as justification to continue relaxing environmental regulations, allowing polluting industries to emit more greenhouse gases during the crisis and exempting them from penalties for violating these rules.”

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International Programme for Action on Climate

11/02/21
The Annual Climate Action Monitor Helping Countries Advance Towards Net Zero

The Annual Climate Action Monitor

11/02/21
The Climate Action Monitor, part of the International Programme for Action of Climate (IPAC), provides a diagnostic policy framework for assessing country progress towards climate objectives. Its goal is to provide a digest of progress…

Tracking climate mitigation efforts in 30 major emitters

11/02/21
This report by NewClimate Institute, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and FTSE Russell tracks climate mitigation efforts in 30 countries and regions. Our analysis shows that emissions trends remain far from the goals…

Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Pledges by Selected Countries: Nationally Determined Contributions and Net-Zero Legislation

10/26/21
Human-related emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) have increased globally over time. These increasing emissions contribute to a changing climate, which is a concern for governments, organizations, and other stakeholders. Many governments are taking steps to…

UNITING THE WORLD TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE.

09/16/21
The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Net Zero Emissions Legislation Around the World

09/01/21
This table shows the 39 jurisdictions around the world that the Law Library of Congress has identified as having a net zero emissions or climate neutrality goal enshrined in legislation. This includes the European Union…

A net zero climate-resilient future – science, technology and the solutions for change

04/08/21
This Statement has been created by the Science Academies of the Group of Seven (G7) nations. It represents the Academies view on the need for the G7 countries to anticipate the risks associated with climate…

OFF-SHORE WIND IN EUROPE

02/28/20
This report summarises construction and financing activity in European offshore wind farms from 1 January to 31 December 2018.

IPCC

01/31/19
The IPCC provides regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation. Created in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United…

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Europe’s Russian Oil Ban Could Overhaul Global Energy Market

By Clifford Krauss  Photo: An Rong Xu , The New York Times   06/01/22  
The European Union’s embargo on most Russian oil imports could deliver a fresh jolt to the world economy, propelling a realignment of global energy trading that leaves Russia economically weaker, gives China and India bargaining…

Trump-era rollbacks left US behind peers in climate change fight: report

By Zak Budryk   06/01/22  
For the Environmental Performance Index (EPI), researchers traced countries’ progress toward net-zero emissions, a goal nearly every nation has established. From 2010 to 2019, the U.S. ranked 20th out of 22 western democracies and 43rd…

Report: Denmark, U.K. on track for net-zero emissions by 2050 as U.S. lags

By Claire Parker  Photo: Martin Meissner , AP   06/01/22  
Denmark and the United Kingdom are among “only a handful of countries” on track to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, according to the ranking published Wednesday in a leading global environmental index. Botswana and Namibia…

How Putin Has Played His Energy Cards

By David Wallace-Wells  Photo: Ibrahim Rayintakath   05/31/22  
Almost as soon as the war in Ukraine began, in February, I found myself returning to an essay published online in Foreign Affairs in November. In “Green Upheaval,” Jason Bordoff and Meghan O’Sullivan predict that…

As China mines more coal, levels of a more potent greenhouse gas soar

By Christian Shepherd  Photo: Qilai Shen , Bloomberg News   05/27/22  
When China ramped up its reliance on coal-fueled power plants over fears of an energy crunch, climate experts were already worried, but now a study shows that the renewed mining will boost levels of methane,…

Key nations agree to halt funding for new fossil fuel projects

By Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson  Photo: Wolfgang Rattay , Reuters   05/27/22  
Top environmental ministers from the Group of Seven major industrial countries agreed Friday to end government financing for international coal-fired power generation and to accelerate the phasing out of unabated coal plants by the year…

The Planet-Saving, Money-Making Bogs of Scotland

By David Segal  Photo: Catherine Hyland , New York Times   05/19/22  
I’m David Segal, a reporter based in London. I flew to the Scottish Highlands to write about this totally stunning landscape.
AP

EU rushes out $300 billion roadmap to ditch Russian energy

Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno ,AP   05/18/22  
The European Union’s executive arm moved Wednesday to jump-start plans for the 27-nation bloc to abandon Russian energy amid the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine, proposing a nearly 300 billion-euro ($315 billion) package that includes more…

Europe Rethinks Its Reliance on Burning Wood for Electricity

By Lois Parshley  Photo: Miguel Riopa , Getty Images   05/17/22  
A controversial European Union policy called the Renewable Energy Directive drove this transition by counting biomass — organic material like wood, burned as fuel — as renewable energy and subsidizing its use. A trans-Atlantic industry…

Floods, fires, coral bleaching: Politicians leading the country to climate catastrophe

By Christiana Figueres   05/13/22  
There’s no gentle way to say this. Australia’s climate ambition has for years been well at the back of the pack globally. Since the unfortunate repeal of Australia’s last significant climate policy back in 2014,…

Do not use Ukraine war to defer climate goals, warns Mark Carney

By Kalyeena Makortoff  Photo: Yui Mok , PA   05/11/22  
The former Bank of England governor said he recognised the impact sanctions on Russia were having on global energy supplies and the cost of living, but added that governments could not afford to derail climate…

Putin has not wrecked Glasgow Climate Pact – John Kerry

By Glenn Campbell  Photo: OLI SCARFF   05/10/22  
Russia's invasion has "presented a challenge" in the battle against global warming but could be overcome, he said. Large reductions in carbon emissions are required if temperature rises are to be kept below 1.5C.

Brazil is gaslighting its way to a climate misinformation catastrophe

By Robert Muggah and Mac Margolis  Photo: Andre Penner , AP   05/09/22  
Brazilians know all about fake news. Digital hucksters have attacked the integrity of Brazil’s electronic voting system, baselessly accused adversaries of “teaching” homosexuality in the classroom and promoted faith-based covid-19 treatments, all with a nod…

Europe’s quest to replace Russian gas faces plenty of hurdles

By Clifford Krauss  Photo: Jessica Lutz for The New York Times   05/06/22  
Russia’s natural-gas supplies have become a tool of leverage in its conflict with Europe over the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And the stakes are high for Europe, which relies on Russia for 40 percent of…

Can Europe survive without Russian oil? Nuclear power may be key

By Joanna Gill   05/05/22  
Christophe Collignon, mayor of Huy - whose skyline and history are dominated by the Tihange nuclear plant - said most people in the medieval city in eastern Belgium welcomed the decision to extend the ageing…

Record heat in India and Pakistan is a wake-up call

By Julia Kane  Photo: XAVIER GALIANA / AFP via Getty Images   05/04/22  
A record-shattering heat wave is devastating parts of India and Pakistan, putting more than a billion people at risk and unleashing a surge of related problems. For decades, experts have warned that climate change would…

European Union takes a leap with a Russian oil embargo

By Matina Stevis-Gridneff  Photo: Nikolay Doychinov/Agence France-Presse   05/04/22  
The ban, once seen as unlikely, is a significant tightening of the squeeze on Russia’s economy, and a financial blow to Europe, too.
NPR

The U.S. may soon export more gas to the EU, complicating climate goals

By Halle Parker   05/04/22  
To help wean Europe off Russian gas, the Biden administration wants to increase U.S. natural gas exports. But critics say that's at odds with the president's climate and environmental justice goals.

War in Ukraine poses environmental risk now and in the future, advocates say

By Vanessa Montalbano  Photo: Efrem Lukatsky , AP   04/19/22  
Good morning! This is Vanessa Montalbano, the Climate 202 researcher, writing the top of the newsletter today. Below, a pipeline leak in Texas is estimated to have the same climate impact as the annual emissions…

‘I don’t see the evidence yet’ of stronger climate pledges, Kerry says

By Brady Dennis   04/19/22  
President Biden’s top climate envoy on the need to act more urgently, the promise of innovation and why protecting the oceans matters.

Polar science threatens to crack under strain of Russia’s war in Ukraine

By Alison Snyder and Andrew Freedman  Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios   04/07/22  
Crucial scientific projects in the Arctic are in limbo — and their progress is under threat — as Russia becomes more isolated from the world for its invasion of Ukraine. Why it matters: These research…

The new IPCC report was delayed as scientists debated carbon capture

By Ciara Nugent  Photo: Getty Images—Abstract Aerial Art   04/04/22  
Cutting greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the worst of climate change would be relatively cheap and technologically feasible, but governments and financial bodies are failing to do so as they continue to prop up the…

Australian state utility picks Tesla batteries to back up renewable energy

By Reuters  Photo: Tingshu Wang , Reuters   03/30/22  
A state-owned utility in Australia has picked Tesla Inc's (TSLA.O) Megapack batteries for a A$150 million ($113 million) energy storage project to back up wind and solar power, the state government of Queensland said on…

Opinion: We’re in a fossil fuel war. Biden should say so.

By Farhad Manjoo  Photo: Jessica Lutz for The New York Times   03/24/22  
On one hand, it would seem uncontroversial to point out that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a war enabled and exacerbated by the world’s insatiable appetite for fossil fuels. It couldn’t not be so: Russia…

U.N. secretary general says global climate target ‘is on life support’

By Brady Dennis  Photo: Alastair Grant/AP   03/21/22  
‘The science is clear. So is the math,’ António Guterres said Monday, imploring world leaders to act with more urgency to cut the greenhouse gas pollution fueling climate change.

Nations Should Conserve Fuel as Global Energy Crisis Looms, Agency Warns

By Catrin Einhorn and Lisa Friedman  Photo: Patrick T. Fallon , Getty Images   03/18/22  
The war in Ukraine is setting into motion the first global energy crisis of its kind, and nations around the world should respond by reducing their use of oil and gas, the leader of a…

How the War in Ukraine Could Slow the Sales of Electric Cars

By Jack Ewing and Stephen Gandel  Photo: Maxim Babenko , The New York Times   03/18/22  
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shaken the global market for nickel just as the metal gains importance as an ingredient in electric car batteries, raising fears that high prices could slow the transition away from…

It’s 70 degrees warmer than normal in eastern Antarctica

By Jason Samenow and Kasha Patel  Photo: WeatherBell   03/18/22  
‘This event is completely unprecedented and upended our expectations about the Antarctic climate system,’ one expert said

Beijing ‘doubling down on fossil fuels’; china’s co2 emissions increase; coal production growth

03/17/22  
Chinese leaders are “doubling down on fossil fuels” amid “growing” fears of global energy shortages and “rising” concerns of an economic slump, according to Bloomberg. The news came after the Chinese government repeatedly underlined the…

As War Rages, a Struggle to Balance Energy Crunch and Climate Crisis

By Brad Plumer , Lisa Friedman and David Gelles  Photo: Yevgeny Sofiychuk/Getty Images   03/10/22  
As the world reels from spikes in oil and gas prices, the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has laid bare a dilemma: Nations remain extraordinarily dependent on fossil fuels and are struggling to shore…

US says $100 billion soon to help poor nations with climate

By Edith M. Lederer   03/10/22  
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said Wednesday he thinks rich countries can finally meet their pledge to provide $100 billion annually to help poor nations cope with climate change beginning this year — and will…

AP Source: Biden to ban Russian oil imports over Ukraine war

By Zeke Miller, Mike Balsamo, and Josh Boak  Photo: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik   03/09/22  
President Joe Biden has decided to ban Russian oil imports, toughening the toll on Russia’s economy in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Americans largely support U.S. joining international efforts to address climate change

By Alison Spencer and Cary Funk   03/09/22  
Three-quarters of Americans support the United States participating in international efforts to help reduce the effects of climate change, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.

Swap Russian gas for renewables, EU tells member states

By Joe Lo  Photo: Paul Langrock , Greenpeace   03/08/22  
The EU is urging its 27 member states to use taxes on energy firms and polluters to fund a transition from Russian gas to clean energy sources for heating, cooking and electricity.

EU aims to slash Russian gas dependence by two-thirds this year

By Karl Mathiesen  Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images   03/08/22  
The EU can cut most of its reliance on Russian gas by the end of this year if governments implement a raft of emergency measures to be proposed by the European Commission on Tuesday.

Whatever His Motives, Putin’s War in Ukraine Is Fueled by Oil and Gas

By Marianne Lavelle  Photo: Stringer , Getty Images   03/06/22  
With a Russian military convoy advancing on her city of Kyiv, Ukraine’s leading climate scientist made an emotional plea at last week’s meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Opinion: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine signals a new era of energy geopolitics

By the Editorial Board  Photo: Michael Probst/AP   03/05/22  
With his brutal invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has opened a new era in global politics — and laid bare the vulnerabilities of the post-Cold War international system. Among these vulnerabilities, dependence on…

Big Oil is exiting Russia. What does that mean for the climate?

By Emily Pontecorvo  Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov , Getty Images   03/03/22  
Major international oil companies began dumping their investments in Russian oil and gas this week following the country’s invasion into Ukraine. But experts say it’s unlikely these decisions will mean anything good for the transition…

Bipartisan bill banning Russian oil sets up clash with White House

By Josh Siegel  Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images   03/03/22  
The White House said it does not “have a strategic interest in reducing the global supply of energy, and that would raise prices at the gas pump for the American people.”

A Ukrainian Climate Scientist is Uniquely Positioned to Explain the Real Threat to the Global Order

By Ciara Nugent  Photo: Alexander Reka , Getty Images   03/01/22  
Svitlana Krakovska, a Ukrainian meteorologist, was wary of speaking her mind. On Sunday, sitting next to her sons’ bunk beds in her Kyiv home, she joined a Zoom meeting of the International Governmental Panel on…

Q&A: What does Russia’s invasion of Ukraine mean for climate change?

By multiple authors  Photo: Vuk Valcic / Alamy Stock Photo   02/25/22  
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is inextricably linked to the global energy crisis. With wholesale gas prices already at extremely high levels, in part due to Russia’s actions, the attack on Ukraine has prompted widespread debate…

E.U. will unveil a strategy to break free from Russian gas, after decades of dependence

By Michael Birnbaum and Steven Mufson  Photo: Audrey Rudakov , Bloomberg News   02/24/22  
For years, Europe’s dependence on Russian energy has held it back from taking powerful action against Kremlin mischief. But now, the Russia-Ukraine conflict is forcing a change unlike any before, driving the European Union to…

Climate fears on back burner as fuel costs soar and Russia crisis deepens

By Patricia Cohen  Photo: Alexey Malgavko/Reuters   02/23/22  
Energy security has gained prominence while the conflict in Ukraine raises concerns over the possible interruption in the supply of oil and natural gas.

US envoy warns geopolitics risk hurting climate efforts

By Frank Jordans  Photo: Tobias Hase , AP   02/19/22  
Geopolitical tensions, including the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine, could hamper international efforts to curb global warming even as time to tackle the problem is running out, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said Friday.

France Announces Major Nuclear Power Buildup

By Liz Alderman  Photo: Jean-Francois Badias   02/11/22  
President Emmanuel Macron announced a major buildup of France’s huge nuclear power program on Thursday, pledging to construct up to 14 new-generation reactors and a fleet of smaller nuclear plants as the country seeks to…

EU proposes rules to label some gas and nuclear investments as green

By Kate Abnett  Photo: REUTERS/Yves Herman   02/02/22  
Investments in some gas and nuclear power plants would be labelled as sustainable under rules proposed by European Commission on Wednesday, a plan that has split countries and investors, and which some lawmakers will attempt…

Lufthansa, Air France join forces against EU’s climate plans for aviation

By Ilona Wissenbach  Photo: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach   01/24/22  
An alliance of airlines and airports called for changes to the European Union's planned climate change legislation on Monday, arguing it will make them less competitive with non-European rivals.

EU advisers concerned about plan for green labels on gas, nuclear investments

By Simon Jessop and Kate Abnett  Photo: Reuters/Yves Herman   01/18/22  
Experts advising on the European Union's sustainable finance taxonomy are concerned a draft plan to include gas and nuclear relies too heavily on promises to make those fuels green in future, rather than assessing their…

Activists behind Shell climate verdict target 30 multinationals

By Anthony Deutsch and Simon Jessop   01/14/22  
The Dutch wing of environmental group Friends of the Earth, which won a landmark court case against Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) last year, demanded 30 corporations publish plans for big cuts in greenhouse gas emissions…

World’s largest floating PV plant goes online in China

By Emiliano Bellini  Photo: Huaneng Power International   01/03/22  
Huaneng Power International has switched on a 320 MW floating PV array in China’s Shandong province. It deployed the plant in two phases on a reservoir near its 2.65 GW Dezhou thermal power station.