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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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Climate politics have shifted, and that gives scientists and activists hope

By Karla Adam and Reis Thebault  Photo: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images   10/31/21  
An aura of failure hung over the first United Nations climate status conference in Berlin in 1995. Not only were countries falling short of their commitments to curb emissions, but advocates were struggling to get…

John Kerry Is Bringing America Back Into the Climate Fight

10/30/21  
The stakes are existential, but the debates at the Excelsior can seem pedantic; in one conference room, negotiators are tussling over the wording of how countries should submit new climate plans. On the roof, I…

Biden, other G-20 world leaders formally endorse groundbreaking global corporate minimum tax

By Jeff Stein  Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images   10/30/21  
The new global minimum tax of 15 percent aims to reverse the decades-long decline in tax rates on corporations across the world.

Fast facts about international views of climate change as Biden attends UN COP26 conference

By Carrie Blazina  Photo: Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images   10/29/21  
President Joe Biden is in Europe this weekend to attend COP26, a United Nations conference on climate change. The summit comes after a UN panel reported in August that urgent measures are needed to avoid…

World leaders head to Scotland for global climate talks. Here’s what you need to know

By Anna M. Phillips   10/28/21  
Some 30,000 heads of state, environmental activists, business leaders and journalists are expected to descend on Scotland on Sunday for a climate summit that comes as world leaders are running out of time to break…

China resists demands for more ambitious climate action with new pledge

By Zia Weise  Photo: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images   10/28/21  
China has submitted a new climate action plan to the United Nations that formalized its previous commitments to reduce emissions but resisted demands for more ambitious action from Beijing.

China’s New Climate Pledge Changes Little, in Bad Omen for Global Talks

By Somini Sengupta  Photo: Robyn Beck/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images   10/28/21  
China formalized the pledges its leader announced last year, but the country went no further, in an official update of its targets to fight climate change, which were submitted on Thursday with the United Nations…

A climate solution seems impossible without U.S. and China moving in sync.

By Chris Megerian and Alice Su   10/28/21  
Six years ago, an unprecedented level of cooperation between the United States and China laid the groundwork for the Paris climate accord, a milestone in the fight against global warming. But as final preparations are…

Pandemic Complicates Preparations for COP26 Climate Summit

By Somini Sengupta and Lisa Friedman  Photo: Andy Buchanan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images   10/27/21  
In a few weeks, an estimated 20,000 ministers, activists and executives from nearly every country in the world are set to descend on Glasgow to hammer out how to make progress on climate change.

EU achieves 20-20-20 climate targets, 55 % emissions cut by 2030 reachable with more efforts and policies

10/26/21  
The European Union (EU) achieved its three main climate and energy targets by 2020, according to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment, published today. The 2030 target of a 55 % reduction in net…

The world needs to cut its emissions seven times as fast to hit climate goals, U.N. report finds

By Brady Dennis  Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP   10/26/21  
‘We’re just so far off track,’ says one co-author, noting that vague long-term promises and insufficient short-term plans overshadow signs of progress

The Rich World’s Promise of $100 Billion in Climate Aid Inches Forward

By Somini Sengupta  Photo: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA, via Shutterstock   10/25/21  
Diplomats announced a plan to make good on an unkept promise of climate aid, a key point of tension in upcoming global climate talks.

The Chinese Companies Polluting the World More Than Entire Nations

By Bloomberg News   10/25/21  
The world's top five polluters were responsible for 60% of global emissions in 2019. China alone generated about the same amount of CO2 as the next four countries combined. And its carbon output is still rising every…

Oil giant Saudi Arabia pledges ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2060

By Sarah Dadouch  Photo: Ahmed Yosri/Reuters   10/23/21  
Saudi Arabia's crown prince pledged Saturday that OPEC's largest producer will reach "net zero" greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, joining other nations in setting ambitious targets before next month's U.N. climate summit.

The broken $100-billion promise of climate finance — and how to fix it

By Jocelyn Timperley  Photo: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Barcroft Media/Getty   10/20/21  
Twelve years ago, at a United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen, rich nations made a significant pledge. They promised to channel US$100 billion a year to less wealthy nations by 2020, to help them adapt…

Russia allows methane leaks at planet’s peril

By Steven Mufson, Isabelle Khurshudyan, Chris Mooney, Brady Dennis, John Muyskens and Naema Ahmed   10/19/21  
On the morning of Friday, June 4, an underground gas pipeline running through the ancient state of Tatarstan sprang a leak. And not a small one. In a different era, the massive leak might have…

The Most Important Global Meeting You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Is Now

By Catrin Einhorn  Photo: Getty Images   10/14/21  
As 20,000 government leaders, journalists, activists and celebrities from around the world prepare to descend on Glasgow for a crucial climate summit starting late this month, another high-level international environmental meeting got started this week.…

Forget net zero – let’s have a ‘fossil freedom day’

By Mark Lynas  Photo: Guardian/AFP/Getty Images   10/14/21  
The important thing about any agenda isn’t so much what’s on it, but what is missing. And so it is with the 21st UN climate change conference (Cop26), in Glasgow. There are some crucial issues…

INTERVIEW – Thunberg says COP26 is time for leaders to be honest

By Anna Ringstrom  Photo: REUTERS/Ilze Filks   10/12/21  
Greta Thunberg said she expected to be disappointed at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow by "many, many nice speeches" that are "more or less meaningless"

Cop26: world poised for big leap forward on climate crisis, says John Kerry

By Fiona Harvey  Photo: Bernat Armangué / AP / Guardian Design   10/12/21  
The world is poised to make a big leap forward at the UN Cop26 climate summit, with world leaders “sharpening their pencils” to make fresh commitments that could put the goals of the 2015 Paris…

‘They just talk’: Prince Charles understands Thunberg’s frustrations

By Michael Holden   10/11/21  
Britain's Prince Charles says he shares the concerns of Greta Thunberg and other environmental activists that world leaders "just talk" about climate change and were not doing enough to prevent its catastrophic impact.

At least 85 percent of the world’s population has been affected by human-induced climate change, new study shows

By Annabelle Timsit and Sarah Kaplan  Photo: Rijasolo/AFP/Getty Images   10/11/21  
At least 85 percent of the global population has experienced weather events made worse by climate change, according to research published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Biodiversity summit offers China a chance to burnish its environmental credentials

By Dennis Normile  Photo: Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China/Minden Pictures   10/08/21  
China is set to take advantage of an international stage to show it’s serious about protecting the planet’s threatened species and ecosystem. At a United Nations biodiversity conference opening on Monday in Kunming, the capital…

What you need to know about the U.N. climate summit this fall — and why it matters

By Brady Dennis  Photo: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images   10/06/21  
"We must get serious. And we must act fast,” U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said recently, noting the world is “seemingly light years away” from meeting its climate goals.

Trams, Cable Cars, Electric Ferries: How Cities Are Rethinking Transit

By Somini Sengupta  Photo: Lynsey Addario   10/03/21  
The roar of engines has long been part of the soundscape of a city. For a century, for billions of urban people worldwide, getting around has meant boarding a bus powered by diesel or an…

The World Wants Greenland’s Minerals, but Greenlanders Are Wary

By Jack Ewing  Photo: Carsten Snejbjerg   10/01/21  
This huge, remote and barely habited island is known for frozen landscapes, remote fjords and glaciers that heave giant sheets of ice into the sea. But increasingly Greenland is known for something else: rare minerals.…

The International Energy Agency Aims for Net-Zero by 2024

By Sami Grover  Photo: PBNJ Productions / Getty Images   09/30/21  
Whether it’s promoting building efficiency or pushing for renewables, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has been talking about decarbonization for quite some time. Now the agency is putting what it preaches into practice, announcing a…

China’s pledge on overseas coal — by the numbers

By Quirin Schiermeier  Photo: Greg Baker/AFP   09/29/21  
China’s pledge to stop financing new coal plants abroad, announced by President Xi Jinping at the United Nations summit last week, has raised hopes that the world could soon wean itself off the most carbon-intensive…
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China has a clear pathway to build a more sustainable, secure and inclusive energy future

09/29/21  
By accelerating its clean energy transition, China can secure major economic, innovation and employment benefits while helping the world move nearer to achieving shared climate goals

Green Giants? China’s National Oil Companies Prepare for the Energy Transition

By Dr. Erica Downs   09/29/21  
On September 22, 2020, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, made a surprise announcement about China’s climate ambitions during remarks to the United Nations General Assembly. He stated that China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases…

John Kerry’s Sales Pitch to Save the Planet

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Al Drago for The New York Times   09/22/21  
As the first presidential envoy for climate, he wants to persuade world leaders to “do what the science tells us.” With global climate talks less than two months away, he faces a tough path.

Young people’s climate anxiety revealed in landmark survey

By Tosin Thompson  Photo: Richard Milnes   09/22/21  
Climate change is causing distress, anger and other negative emotions in children and young people worldwide, a survey of thousands of 16- to 25-year-olds has found. This ‘eco-anxiety’ has a negative impact on respondents’ daily…

U.K’s Boris Johnson comes to America to push for climate commitments — and make nice with Biden

By William Booth, Karla Adam, and Brady Dennis  Photo: John Minchillo/Reuters   09/21/21  
Boris Johnson has long dreamed of "Global Britain," his vision for a free-trading, swashbuckling world power, unleashed by Brexit. And this week, in New York and Washington, he has been doing his mightiest to get…

U.N. General Assembly: Biden Pledges to Work Toward ‘Peaceful, Prosperous Future For All’

Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times   09/21/21  
Covid-19 and climate change dominated the start of the General Assembly gathering. The U.N. secretary general warned that an increasingly divided world was “on the edge of an abyss.”

Biden vows to double aid for vulnerable nations dealing with climate change

By Brady Dennis  Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Pool/AP   09/21/21  
President Biden announced plans Tuesday to double the funding the United States provides each year to help developing nations cope with the ravages of climate change and build greener economies.

Oil Companies to Be Sidelined at U.N.’s Climate Conference

By Sarah McFarlene   09/20/21  
Some big oil companies say they want to play a key role in reducing carbon emissions, but they are set to be sidelined at the coming United Nations climate conference.

As climate pledges fall short, U.N. predicts globe could warm by worrying 2.7 degrees Celsius

By William Booth  Photo: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News   09/17/21  
New Glasgow commitments, if implemented, would result in a 12 percent emissions cut by the decade’s end, well short of what is needed to curb global warming

Most plans for new coal plants scrapped since Paris agreement

By Jillian Ambrose   09/14/21  
The global pipeline of new coal power plants has collapsed since the 2015 Paris climate agreement, according to research that suggests the end of the polluting energy source is in sight.

People around the world increasingly see climate change as a personal threat, new poll finds

By Brady Dennis and Adam Taylor  Photo: Salwan Georges , The Washington Post   09/14/21  

OECD boss: Carbon pricing should come through us

By Bjarke Smith-Meyer  Photo: Clemens Bilan , Getty Images   09/11/21  
Efforts to price carbon should be elevated to the international level, the head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development told EU finance ministers Saturday.

Green groups call for COP26 climate talks to be postponed due to COVID-19

By Susanna Twidel  Photo: Peter Nicholls , Reuters   09/08/21  
 A coalition of more than 1,500 environmental groups on Tuesday called for major international climate talks due to begin next month to be delayed, saying access to them would be unequal.

Gain not pain: why COP must move the narrative forward

By Kingsmill Bond and Sam Butler Sloss   09/08/21  
Mitigating climate change is no longer an expensive collective action problem; it is a technology revolution with enormous wealth-generating and redistributive potential.

Could climate change trigger a financial crisis?

09/04/21  
n recent years regulators have begun warning about the threat that climate change poses to the stability of the financial system. Following its strategy review in July, the European Central Bank (ecb) will assemble a “climate…

Costa Rica’s environmental minister wants to build a green economy. She just needs time.

By Samantha Schmidt  Photo: Glorianna Ximendaz   08/31/21  
 Andrea Meza stood before a vast, green field peppered with wind turbines and looked out at a volcano in the distance, its slope perfectly visible in the sky. The view was stunning. But the 45-year-old…

U.K. Led the World in Slashing Carbon Emissions. Now Comes the Hard Part.

By Joe Wallace   08/08/21  
The U.K. has set one of the most ambitious carbon emission-reduction targets among major economies, making the country a case study in how climate goals call for big shifts in policy, the economy and technology.

John Kerry on the Unfathomable Stakes of the Next U.N. Climate-Change Conference

By David Remnick  Photo: Photograph from SOPA/Alamy   08/03/21  
Ahead of a major summit, the first special Presidential envoy for climate discusses the diplomatic tightrope he faces post-Trump, and the best outcome he can hope to achieve.

What Is the IPCC and What Does It Do?

By Ajit Niranjan and Stuart Braun  Photo: Jung Yeon-je / AFP / Getty Images   08/01/21  
Its findings influence governments, business leaders and even young protesters on arguably the biggest issue facing the planet: the climate crisis. But many people may never have heard of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…

As China Boomed, It Didn’t Take Climate Change Into Account. Now It Must.

By Steven Lee Myers, Keith Bradsher and Chris Buckley  Photo: Aly Song , Reuters   07/28/21  
China’s breakneck growth over the last four decades erected soaring cities where there had been hamlets and farmland. The cities lured factories, and the factories lured workers. The boom lifted hundreds of millions of people…

Governments must agree to end use of coal power, says UK’s Cop26 president

By Fiona Harvey  Photo: Leon Neal , PA   07/26/21  
Governments around the world must agree to end the use of coal power to avoid the worst ravages of climate breakdown, the UK’s president of vital UN climate talks has said.

John Kerry Urges China to Help Break Climate ‘Suicide Pact’

By Rachel Morison  Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images   07/20/21  
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry called on China to step up its efforts to reduce carbon emissions, or put the world at risk of missing international targets. Without sufficient curbs by the world’s biggest producer…