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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

The Energy 202: Republicans want to know if environmental groups are really foreign agents

By Dino Grandoni   08/06/18  
Two top GOP members of the House Natural Resources Committee (Bruce Westerman and Rob Bishop) have opened probes into three high-profile U.S. environmental groups working on issues abroad. The Republican congressmen want to know whether…

Climate Change Used to Be a Bipartisan Issue. Here’s What Changed

By Justin Worland   07/27/17  
A self-proclaimed environmentalist, Bush called for action to address the hot environmental topics of the day, like acid rain and deforestation, but he also used the platform to bring attention to a new issue: climate…

Sweden’s recycling is so revolutionary, the country has run out of rubbish

By Hazel Sheffield   12/08/16  
Sweden is so good at recycling that, for several years, it has imported rubbish from other countries to keep its recycling plants going. Less than 1 per cent of Swedish household waste was sent to…

France Is the First Country to Ban Plastic Cups, Plates, and Cutlery

By Yosola Olorunshola and Gaëlle Langué   06/19/16  
The French government has passed a law that could revolutionize barbecues, picnics, and birthdays. Starting in 2020, most plastic cups, plates and cutlery will be totally banned.

Accelerating policy, innovation and finance for our zero carbon future

07/01/19  
The organisers of the Sustainable Innovation Forum are delighted to convene the Climate Innovation Forum 2019 during the first ever London Climate Action Week, 1-8 July, 2019.

Climate change: May urges G20 to follow UK lead on CO2

By BBC News Services   06/29/19  
World leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, after Theresa May urged them to do more on climate change. The prime minister called on the G20 countries to set targets for net…

Which countries have a net zero carbon goal?

By Megan Darby   06/27/19  
A growing number of governments are setting targets to end their contribution to global warming. To end dangerous overheating of the planet, humans need to stop putting more greenhouse gases into the air than we…

E.U. Leaders Fail to Strengthen Climate Target

By Milan Schreuer   06/20/19  
European Union leaders failed to reach an agreement Thursday on a proposal to reduce their net carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

We asked people to do climate change maths. Their answers depended on their politics

By Will J Grant   06/16/19  
In an ideal world, people would look at issues with a clear focus only on the facts. But in the real world, we know that doesn’t happen often.

The Leaders of These Sinking Countries Are Fighting to Stop Climate Change

By Justin Worland   06/13/19  
The journey to the Fijian village of Vunidogoloa is arduous. It requires a flight across the Pacific to the nation’s remote international transit hub, a 140-mile connection on a rickety 19-seat plane to a smaller…

Norway wealth fund must ditch ConocoPhillips after index review

By Gwladys Fouche   06/13/19  
Norway's wealth fund will have to divest its holdings in ConocoPhillips and Hess after both U.S. oil companies were added to a list which effectively excludes them from the Nordic country's portfolio.

Britain in two-week coal-free record

By BBC News Services   06/05/19  
Britain has not used coal to generate electricity for two weeks - the longest period since the 1880s.

The UK Now Has More EV Charging Locations Than Gas Stations

By Phil Covington   06/04/19  
According to various reports, the United Kingdom now has more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations than it does gas (or shall we say petrol, or filling) stations, boasting 8,646 EV charging locations compared with 8,400 gas…

The 2019 GreenBiz 30 Under 30

By GreenBiz Editors   06/03/19  
They work in the worlds of technology and tires, finance and forestry, retail and recovery operations. They hail from Tokyo and Toronto, London and Lima, Mexico and Manhattan. They toil in data centers and diversity,…

Philippines passes law requiring students to plant 10 trees if they want to graduate

By Harry Cockburn   05/28/19  
Legislation passed by the House of Representatives formalizes existing tradition and could result in 175 million new trees each year if approved by Senate.

Greens surge as parties make strongest ever showing across Europe

By Jon Henley   05/26/19  
Green parties have swept to their strongest ever showing in European elections, boosting their tally of MEPs to a projected 71 compared with 52 last time. The result gives them every chance of becoming kingmakers…

Iceland elects 41-year-old environmentalist as prime minister

By Inhabitat   12/06/17  
Katrin Jakobsdottir, the 41-year-old chairwoman of the Left-Green Movement, has been elected Prime Minister of Iceland. One of the most well-liked politicians in Iceland, Katrín, a former education minister and avowed environmentalist, has pledged to…

Davos, this is outrageous

By Greta Thunberg   01/23/19  
Climate change is an existential threat to humanity and already a matter of life and death for many, but it is just one issue among many on the agenda at this year’s World Economic Forum.…

Melting beauty: The Patagonian icefields

By Kathryn Hansen   07/11/18  
Forests, grasslands, deserts, and mountains are all part of the Patagonian landscape, which spans more than a million square kilometers (about 386,000 square miles) of South America. Toward the western side, expanses of dense, compacted…

EU plans first satellite fleet to monitor CO2 in every country

By Karl Mathiesen   05/27/19  
The fleet of three satellites is slated for launch in 2025, in time to inform the UN’s global stocktake of greenhouse gas emissions three years later, the European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed to Climate Home…

Central American Farmers Head to the U.S., Fleeing Climate Change

By Kirk Semple   04/13/19  
Farmers, agricultural scientists and industry officials say a new threat has been ruining harvests, upending lives and adding to the surge of families migrating to the United States: climate change.

Leaders told to bring plans, not speeches to UN climate summit

By Karl Mathiesen   03/25/19  
A landmark conference hosted by Antonio Guterres in September aims to jolt flagging international action on climate change, in line with the latest science.

What Norway’s Big Divestment Decision Means for Fracking, Tar Sands and Global Oil Exploration

By Justin Mikulka   03/20/19  
Norway’s sovereign wealth fund — a state-owned investment fund worth approximately a trillion dollars — recently announced it was divesting from oil and gas exploration companies around the world. Not surprisingly, many oil and gas…

A Legislative ‘Leap’ on Carbon

By Christopher Walsh   12/13/18  
Energy Innovation Act would put fees on emissions and boost alternatives

Brazil Backs Out of Hosting 2019 Climate Change Meeting

By Ernesto Londoño and Lisa Friedman   11/28/18  
Brazil this week pulled out of hosting next year’s United Nations global summit meeting on climate change, the latest signal that Latin America’s largest nation no longer aspires to be an influential player in efforts…

Ottawa to announce rebates in provinces without carbon tax

By Shawn McCarthy   10/23/18  
Canadians in four provinces − including the election battleground of Ontario − will receive carbon-tax rebates that will leave most families financially better off, with cheques arriving ahead of the next federal campaign, Prime Minister…
CBC

Trudeau promises rebates as Ottawa moves to levy carbon tax on provinces outside the climate plan

By John Paul Tasker   10/23/18  
The federal Liberal government will slap a carbon tax on fuels in provinces and territories with no adequate emissions pricing plans of their own — but will send annual rebates to Canadian families to offset…

Court quashes Trudeau’s approval of Trans Mountain pipeline

By Mike De Souza & Carl Meyer   08/30/18  
The Federal Court of Appeal has quashed the federal government’s approval of the troubled Trans Mountain expansion project, after concluding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet made its decision without considering all evidence and failing…

These Kids Won a Court Case Forcing Colombia to Protect the Amazon

By Joe McCarthy and Erica Sanchez   04/06/18  
It sets a precedent that could lead to similar victories around the world.

Under Brazil’s Far-Right Leader, Amazon Protections Slashed and Forests Fall

By Letícia Casado and Ernesto Londoño   07/28/19  
The destruction of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil has increased rapidly since the nation’s new far-right president took over and his government scaled back efforts to fight illegal logging, ranching and mining.

Last Month Just “Obliterated” Temperature Records as The Hottest June to Date

By Aylin Woodward   07/04/19  
Europe's record-breaking heat wave last week, it turns out, was the emphatic conclusion to the hottest June ever recorded.

Teenagers Emerge as a Force in Climate Protests Across Europe

By Milan Schreuer, Elian Peltier and Christopher F. Schuetze   01/31/19  
Tens of thousands of children skipped school in Belgium on Thursday to join demonstrations for action against climate change, part of a broader environmental protest movement across Europe that has gathered force over the past…

Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy

By Erik Kirschbaum   01/26/19  
Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change,…

Germany unveils zero-emissions train that only emits steam

By Tom Embury-Dennis   11/01/16  
Germany is set to introduce the world’s first zero-emission passenger train to be powered by hydrogen.

EU urged to adopt meat tax to tackle climate emergency

By Damian Carrington   02/04/20  
Levy would help offset impact of farming by raising price of steak in UK by 25%, says report

Trump makes it official: U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord

By Brady Dennis   11/04/19  
The Trump administration notified the international community Monday that it plans to officially withdraw from the Paris climate accord next fall, a move that will leave the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases as the…

Saint John gets climate change money to move infrastructure to higher ground

By Connell Smith   05/22/19  
Sewage pumping stations and electrical substation to move, seawall to be raised.

What Really Happened at the UN Climate Conference

By Rolling Stone   01/18/19  
In the face of Trump’s hostility to the landmark Paris Agreement, a U.S. delegation helped move it forward.

Saving the Paris Agreement

By Jeff Goodell   01/18/19  
Response at COP23 after release of IPCC: How a team of U.S. diplomats helped salvage the global pact on climate change in the face of Trump’s denialism.

This country isn’t just carbon neutral — it’s carbon negative | Tshering Tobgay

By TedTalks   04/01/16  
Deep in the Himalayas, on the border between China and India, lies the Kingdom of Bhutan, which has pledged to remain carbon neutral for all time. In this illuminating talk, Bhutan's Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay…