Our team in North America works closely with UN agencies and country Missions to the UN, at the epicenter of world diplomacy, to support global processes at the intersection of climate change and sustainable development.
The team also works closely with vulnerable countries to design the tools and strategies they need to mobilise resources and achieve ambitious climate action.
G20 renewables target is no substitute for a clear fossil fuel phase out
The G20's new target of tripling renewables by 2030 is welcome, but the world will only meet its climate goals if this is coupled with a fossil fuel phaseout.
Climate models underestimate food security risk from ‘compound’ extreme weather
Climate change poses a risk to global food security. Weather and climate extremes, such as prolonged drought, heavy rainfall and heatwaves, can lead to harvest failures. These are occurring with increased magnitude and frequency on a warming planet. In addition, such events can disrupt supply chains, decreasing food supply and leading to price spikes.
Climate Science Beats Climate Fatalism
Now that the Earth has warmed roughly 1.2°C, “once-in-a-century” heatwaves, forest fires, and floods are becoming more familiar to us. But there is still a massive difference between 1.2°C and 1.5°C, and the science shows that it is still possible to end this century at or below that threshold.
Influential oil company scenarios for combating climate change don’t actually meet the Paris Agreement goals, our new analysis shows
This piece, originally published in The Conversation, highlights our research into decarbonisation scenarios put out by the IEA, BP, Shell and Equinor. Our research team found that none of the assessed scenarios from oil majors are consistent with the Paris Agreement.
G7 moving faster on climate since last Summit, but behind schedule on ending coal and gas
As world leaders gather at the G7 Summit in Hiroshima this weekend, we take a look at progress made since the last Summit on cutting emissions and decarbonising power to see if they’re living up to their promises.
Climate COPs are working, but follow-through on pre-2030 climate ambition is a must this year to keep the faith
Can higher ambition in developed countries create ‘carbon space’ for others?
What does a 'fair share' of global emissions look like for Africa and South Asia? Both regions have low historical emissions and a strong claim to the remaining carbon space.
Is the 1.5°C limit still in reach? FAQs
The Paris Agreement aims at “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change”. Here we address some commonly asked questions.
New pathways to 1.5°C: interpreting the IPCC’s Working Group III scenarios in the context of the Paris Agreement
Understanding the Paris Agreement’s Long Term Temperature Goal
The 1.5°C limit in the Paris Agreement is now widely accepted as the goal towards which climate policy is working. The science behind the goal is extensive and the Agreement’s language is precise. We explain how it should be interpreted.