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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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Integrity matters: Net zero commitments By businesses, Financial institutions, Cities and regions

12/09/22
Report from the united nations’ High-level expert group on the Net zero emissions commitments Of non-state entitiesReport from the united nations’ High-level expert group on the Net zero emissions commitments Of non-state entities

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…

MORE NEWS

65% of Antarctica’s Plants and Wildlife Will Decline by 2100, Study Finds

By Susmita Baral   01/11/23  
The impact of the man-made climate crisis on Antarctica is scientifically undeniable: stable ice shelves are retreating, air temperature increased by 3 degrees Celsius, krill numbers are declining, melting ice is contributing to sea level…

Ozone layer continues to heal, a key development for health, food security and the planet, U.N. study says

By Scott Dance   01/09/23  
A new assessment of Earth’s depleted ozone layer released Monday shows that efforts to repair the vital atmospheric shield are working, according to a panel of U.N.-backed scientists, as global emissions of ozone-harming chemicals continue…

The Climate Disasters That Defined 2022

By Angely Mercado   12/29/22  
Countries all over the world saw one climate disaster after another this year. There were relentless heat waves, deep freezes, and hurricanes so destructive they caused billions of dollars worth of damage. An ongoing drought…

How political will often favors a coal billionaire and his dirty fossil fuel

By Gerry Shih and Others   12/09/22  
The tale of Gautam Adani's giant power plant reveals how political will in Modi's India bends in favor of the dirty fuel....

Fuel made from ramen, dishes from coffee grounds: Japan rethinks food waste

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Others   12/09/22  
Though it throws out about 90 pounds of food per person every year, Japan doesn’t rank at the top of the world’s list of waste offenders. Still, what’s discarded represents a serious problem for an…

U.S. climate envoy Kerry hails holding COP28 conference in OPEC member UAE

By Valerie Volcovici   12/08/22  
U.S. Special Climate Envoy John Kerry on Wednesday hailed the decision to hold next year’s COP28 climate summit in OPEC member the United Arab Emirates, saying fossil fuel economies should be encouraged to lead the…

Kerry expects ‘very tricky’ year for climate fundraising

By Timothy Puko   12/08/22  
Fresh off some setbacks at a global climate summit, White House climate envoy John F. Kerry said he expects a challenging year ahead in raising the trillions of dollars necessary to address climate change.

EU agrees law preventing import of goods linked to deforestation

By Kate Abnett and Jake Spring   12/07/22  
The European Union agreed on Tuesday on a new law to prevent companies from selling into the EU market coffee, beef, soy and other commodities linked to deforestation around the world. The law will require…

Battle lines drawn in talks on new plastics treaty

By Joe Lo   12/02/22  
As official talks on setting up a United Nations treaty on plastic pollution began in Uruguay this week, battle lines have started to form. Major oil and gas producers like the USA and Saudi Arabia,…

Germans Have Seen the Future, and It’s a Heat Pump

By Melissa Eddy and Others   12/02/22  
After decades of heating their homes with relatively cheap Russian natural gas, Germans are facing exorbitant prices for energy. The search is on for an alternative source of warmth that is climate-friendly and free from…

We looked at 1,200 possibilities for the planet’s future: our best hopes

By John Muyskens   12/01/22  
It’s the world’s most important climate goal: limiting the Earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit). It’s the aspiration of global agreements, and to inhabitants of some small island nations, the marker of whether…

An engineering marvel just saved Venice from a flood. What about when seas rise?

By Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli   11/27/22  
Three years ago, a historic rush of water surged into this city, inundating restaurants and churches, tossing boats onto streets, and leaving Venetians distressed about a future with ever more extreme events...

Europe’s Wind Industry Is Stumbling When It’s Needed Most

Stanley Reed By Stanley Reed   11/22/22  
These should be great times to be in the wind energy business, especially in Europe. Governments here have long promoted offshore wind projects, and those efforts have accelerated since Russia started cutting natural gas shipments…

Extreme heat will change us

By Alissa J. Rubin, Ben Hubbard, Josh Holder et al.   11/18/22  
On a treeless street under a blazing sun, Abbas Abdul Karim, a welder with 25 years experience, labors over a metal bench. Everyone who lives in Basra, Iraq, reckons with intense heat, but for Abbas…

How The Forest Dies

By Terrence McCoy   11/18/22  
In her 60 years of life in the Amazon, Antonia Franco dos Santos has never had much money. Food was sometimes scarce. But never in the forest, with its heavy rains and endless rivers, had…

Will Taxing the Windfall Profits of Oil Giants Fix Countries’ Economies?

By Patricia Cohen   11/18/22  
Major oil and gas companies have raked in multibillion-dollar profits at unheard-of levels. Households around the world are reeling from soaring energy prices, while governments are struggling with outsize spending and slowing economic growth.

China’s surprise visit to US-EU event hints at cooperation on methane

By Joe Lo   11/17/22  
China’s climate envoy Xie Zhenhua unexpectedly dropped in on a Cop27 ministerial meeting led by the US and the EU, raising hopes that the world’s largest emitter will renew cooperation around methane emissions. The post…

Assessing the Global Climate in October 2022

11/15/22  
October 2022 ranked fourth warmest for the globe. Globally, land-only temperatures ranked second-warmest on record behind 2015. Europe had its warmest October, and Africa tied 2003 for its third-warmest October. Beneficial rainfall returned to parts…

Climate Change and Human Activity Erode Egypt’s Treasured Antiquities

By Vivian Yee   11/12/22  
When Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s glittering tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings 100 years ago, he was living in a mud-brick house surrounded by desert so dry it had preserved the tombs, mummies and…

How Nepal Grew Back Its Forests

11/11/22  
An effort decades in the making is showing results in Nepal, a rare success story in a world of cascading climate disasters and despair....

Carbon dioxide emissions increased in 2022 as crises roiled energy markets

By Brad Plumer   11/10/22  
Global emissions from fossil fuels are likely to reach record highs this year, new data shows, putting nations further off track from stopping global warming.
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The US-China climate deal was a rare bright spot in an otherwise thorny relationship. Should it be mended?

By Ella Nilsen   11/10/22  
One of the biggest surprises at last year’s United Nations climate summit came in the form of a handshake. US climate envoy John Kerry and his China counterpart Xie Zhenhua did so at COP26 in…

A climate change report card for the world

By Sarah Kaplan   11/07/22  
Last year’s United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, had the same optimistic energy as the first day of a new school year. The United States — a truant since the nation withdrew from the…

New milestone in battle against illegal, unregulated fishing

11/07/22  
The Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) is the first internationally binding instrument specifically designed to prevent, deter, and eliminate IUU fishing by denying port access to foreign vessels that engage in or support such…

Copernicus: Europe experiences warmest October on record

11/07/22  
The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the European Commission with funding from the EU, routinely publishes monthly climate bulletins reporting on the changes…

Countries Made Bold Climate Promises Last Year. How Are They Doing?

By Brad Plumer   11/07/22  
A year ago, at the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, heads of state and business leaders made a long list of splashy promises to help fight global warming.

How Putin and Friends Stalled Climate Progress

By Somini Sengupta, Steven Lee Myers and others   11/05/22  
Vladimir V. Putin has long used Russia’s oil and gas as instruments of power at home and abroad. With the invasion of Ukraine in February, he has made them a weapon of war.

20 climate photographs that changed the world

By Gabrielle Schwarz   11/05/22  
They are the images that made us sit up and take notice. As world leaders gather for Cop27, these pictures prove that global heating isn’t a distant possibility – it’s already here.

Nations converge to address climate change

By Lisa Friedman   11/04/22  
World leaders will gather in Egypt next week to confront climate change at a moment of colliding crises: a war in Europe that has upended energy markets, rising global inflation, deep political divisions in many…

As climate disasters grow more costly, who should pay the bill?

By Alejandra Borunda   11/04/22  
First came a record-shattering, months-long heat wave, roiling Pakistan from March to May. Just a few weeks later came months of crushing, punishing rains that flooded a third of the entire country. The floods’ economic…

Glaciers in Yosemite and Africa will disappear by 2050, U.N. warns

By Rick Noack   11/03/22  
Glaciers in at least one-third of World Heritage sites possessing them, including Yosemite National Park, will disappear by mid-century even if emissions are curbed, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization warned in a new…

Report: Countries need an impossible amount of land to meet climate pledges

By Blanca Begert   11/03/22  
To reach net-zero carbon goals with their current plans, countries around the world will need 1.2 billion hectares of land, an area larger than the United States and equivalent to the world’s total cropland, for…

Global Warming Fuels More Frequent Wildfires In The Arctic—Which Leads To More Global Warming, Study Finds

By Madeline Halpert   11/03/22  
TOPLINE Rising global temperatures have sparked more frequent wildfires in the Arctic in recent years, according to a new study published in Science, a trend that is expected to worsen as earth’s temperature continues to…

Can a Nation Replace Its Oil Wealth With Trees?

By Dionee Searcey and Others   11/03/22  
Evening and the rainforest. A riverbank packed with elephants. Treetops so dense they obscure all but a chimpanzee’s hairy arm. And, as the sun sets, a twinkle on the horizon: an offshore oil platform.

China Is Burning More Coal, a Growing Climate Challenge

By Keith Bradsher and others   11/03/22  
China is poised to take advantage of the global urgency to tackle climate change. It is the world’s dominant manufacturer and user of solar panels and wind turbines. It leads the world in producing energy…

Global warming twice as fast in Europe as in rest of world, study says

By Victoria Bisset   11/03/22  
Temperatures in Europe have risen at more than twice the global average over the past 30 years, a new report has found, as the continent recovers from a summer of record heat. Temperatures in Europe…

Countries Want to Plant Trees to Offset Their Carbon Emissions, but There Isn’t Enough Land on Earth to Grow Them

By Katie Surma   11/01/22  
Countries’ climate pledges rely on “unrealistic” and “extensive” amounts of land for carbon removal projects like tree planting schemes, a new report from the University of Melbourne said.  A landmass larger than the entire United…

Glacier and Ice Sheet Melt

11/01/22  
The melting of ice sheets and glaciers around the world is accelerating and contributing to rising sea levels. Melting in Greenland is particularly dramatic, with the record year of 2012 witnessing surface melt far in…

In Hunt to Solve ‘Fairy Circle’ Mystery, One Suspect Is Dismissed

By Rachel Nuwer   11/01/22  
The strange, barren spots pepper the vast Namib Desert, which stretches from southern Angola to northern South Africa. They are known as “fairy circles,” and for a natural phenomenon with such a whimsical name, scientific…

The world’s melting glaciers are yielding up their secrets too quickly

By Rick Noack   11/01/22  
At about 8,000 feet above sea level, Switzerland’s Forcle Glacier has for thousands of years been deeply ensconced in a frigid mountain valley overlooked by some of Europe’s highest peaks. To early human hunters who…

Why Greta Thunberg is shunning the U.N. climate conference this year

By Shannon Osaka   10/31/22  
Greta Thunberg, the activist from Sweden, was catapulted to worldwide fame at a climate conference. In 2018, the then-15-year-old wandered the halls of a United Nations conference venue in Poland in a black zip-up hoodie…

EU approves effective ban on new fossil fuel cars from 2035

By Kate Abnett   10/28/22  
The European Union struck a deal on Thursday on a law to effectively ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035, aiming to speed up the switch to electric vehicles and combat…

Prices are down. Supplies are good. Europe’s gas crisis gets a reprieve.

By Loveday Morris and Others   10/28/22  
Not long ago, German officials were locked in agonizing debates over which industries should be cut off if the country found itself running out of natural gas. Today, with storage facilities almost full to the…

War in Ukraine Likely to Speed, Not Slow, Shift to Clean Energy, I.E.A. Says

By Brad Plumer   10/27/22  
The energy crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is likely to speed up rather than slow down the global transition away from fossil fuels and toward cleaner technologies like wind, solar and electric vehicles,…

Why Natural Gas Prices in Europe Are Suddenly Plunging

By Stanley Reed   10/26/22  
The war in Ukraine is raging, Russian natural gas exports to Europe are dwindling and the winter heating season is approaching. That would seem like a recipe for higher prices, yet the cost of the…

Ukraine’s Soviet-Era Centralized Heating Is Both a Wartime Risk And Climate Solution

By Ciara Nugent   10/25/22  
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, it left behind an unexpected gift for the climate change era. Underneath the towns and cities of Eastern Europe, Soviet planners designed vast networks of pipes that carried…

John Kerry is looking for money (to help save the climate)

By Bill McKibben   10/24/22  
Private capital may require some “concessions” before it helps developing countries transition to clean energy.

‘Always Annoying’: Hassles of Cross-Border Trains Hamper E.U.’s Green Ambitions

By Erika Solomon   10/22/22  
The lanky man bent down to examine a rusted railroad track that cut across the empty square of a small, forgotten town, shaking his head at the weeds poking up. “Disappointing,” was his verdict, the…

The World Bank and IMF say they’ll do more to address climate change

By Richard Clark and Others   10/21/22  
Climate change was at the fore of last week’s International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings in Washington, D.C. Protesters gathered outside the meetings to demand that the two preeminent international financial institutions take…

China accidentally made our gas much cheaper

By Robinson Meyer   10/19/22  
You’d be forgiven, at this point, for believing in what the MSNBC host Chris Hayes calls the “gas prices monocausal theory” of American politics. Every major political dynamic, every twist and turn in approval polling…