US formally exits Paris climate agreement

November 5, 2020 by  
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One of President Trump’s early moves in office was to announce the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement . Now, amidst the election, the full exit process is over, making the U.S. the first country to officially leave the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement, written in 2015, states that all the signatories will work together to limit global warming . The aim is to keep this century’s temperature rise below 2° Celsius, or, ideally, 1.5° Celsius. While the Paris Agreement puts a kind of public moral pressure on countries, it’s a nonbinding agreement that doesn’t legally require its signatories to do anything. Related: UN report shows global warming could pass 1.5°C limit before 2030 If you’re wondering why it took so long for Trump to get out of the agreement, it’s because those who drafted the Paris accord expected trouble from the U.S. Global climate change pacts have been stymied in the past by warring U.S. politicians. As such, then-President Obama instructed his negotiators to make it hard to back out. The treaty went into effect in November 2016, after at least 55 countries responsible for 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions ratified it. No signatory was allowed to give notice for at least three years after the ratification date, and then it had to give a year’s written notice. “The decision to leave the Paris agreement was wrong when it was announced and it is still wrong today,” said Helen Mountford from the World Resources Institute. “Simply put the U.S. should stay with the other 189 parties to the agreement, not go out alone.” People around the world wonder if the U.S. withdrawal will inspire other countries to leave the agreement or perhaps strengthen the ties of those that remain. A few countries, notably Kuwait, Russia and Saudi Arabia, have also shown a tendency to dispute climate change science . While it took four years to extract the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, it will take less time to rejoin if a future American president decides to realign with the international coalition of countries fighting climate change . Via BBC Image via Markus Spiske

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Innovation in Forest Carbon Solutions

July 9, 2020 by  
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Innovation in Forest Carbon Solutions Join us for a conversation on the role of forests in addressing climate change and how technology can make forest carbon projects more credible. In this one-hour webcast, GreenBiz Editorial Director Heather Clancy will moderate a discussion of World Resources Institute Deputy Director of Forests Fred Stolle, Verra Chief Innovation Officer Toby Janson-Smith, Pachama CEO Diego Saez-Gil, and Microsoft Carbon Program Manager Liz Willmott on key trends in the use of technology to improve forest carbon projects. Among the topics:  The rationale for investing in innovative forest projects How to participate in innovative solutions for climate change  The top criteria for vetting forest carbon solutions  How technology can help de-risk and scale forest carbon projects  Moderator: Heather Clancy, Editorial Director, GreenBiz Group Speakers:  Fred Stolle, Deputy Director, Forests, World Resources Institute Diego Saez-Gil, CEO & Co-founder, Pachama Toby Janson-Smith, Chief Innovation Officer, Verra Elizabeth Willmott, Carbon Program Manager, Microsoft If you can’t tune in live, please register and we will email you a link to access the archived webcast footage and resources, available to you on-demand after the webcast. taylor flores Thu, 07/09/2020 – 10:19 Heather Clancy Editorial Director GreenBiz Group @GreenTechLady Fred Stolle Deputy Director, Forests World Resources Institute Diego Saez-Gil CEO & Co-founder Pachama @dsaezgil Toby Janson-Smith Chief Innovation Officer Verra Elizabeth Willmott Carbon Program Manager Microsoft gbz_webcast_date Tue, 08/04/2020 – 10:00 – Tue, 08/04/2020 – 11:00

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Your organization can start taking a bite out of office food waste

March 19, 2019 by  
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In just one year, the World Resources Institute halved food waste at its global headquarters. It’s challenging others to do the same.

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Grading our progress as we approach the 2020 climate turning point

February 18, 2019 by  
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A new World Resources Institute report shows us how far we’ve come — and how far we have to go.

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WRI lifts the veil on new climate analysis tool

November 5, 2013 by  
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6 ways the World Resources Insitute's emissions analysis tool aims to make data tracking easier.

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New tool enables companies to zero in on sustainable supply chain

March 23, 2013 by  
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The tool released by World Resources Institute aims to combat illegal logging.

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What McDonalds and P&G are doing to keep water risk at bay

January 30, 2013 by  
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The World Resources Institute releases a tool for a comprehensive look at global water risk.

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The World Resources Institute releases a tool for a comprehensive look at global water risk.

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The top sustainability stories for the year ahead

January 30, 2013 by  
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What will headlines look like come December? One veteran looks into his crystal ball. 

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What will headlines look like come December? One veteran looks into his crystal ball. 

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