Climate Solutions

COVID-19 exposed the consequences of the failure to make sufficient progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change. We would have been in a better place if we had.

We must change course, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, or we risk missing the point where we can avoid the “disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.”

As we continue to tackle the pandemic, the enormity of the climate emergency can be daunting. What can one person or even one nation do on their own to reverse this challenge? Good news is that solutions do exist!

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Methane cuts are urgent, doable, affordable

A new report details how cutting methane emissions could significantly slow global temperature rise – and improve air quality and health. Reduction measures are readily available, and can even make money while saving the planet. Read more.

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The race to COP26 is on

UN Chief António Guterres reminded the 2021 Petersberg Climate Dialogue that only six months remain before make-or-break climate talks at COP26. Top priorities for action are ending coal use, and investing in adaptation to save lives, protect economies and sustain livable communities. Read more.

IDPs collect water during a brewing sandstorm. Water is heavily rationed and only available during one-hour windows, which normally take place just three times a day.

The climate crisis is a humanitarian crisis

Climate change is a top driver of humanitarian need and human suffering, particularly for the poorest countries. The impacts threaten to deepen already wide inequalities, resulting in consequences felt by the world at large, including instability, violence and displacement.

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Generation Equality acts up for climate

Four young women on the vanguard of a new generation of climate activism call for equality for women, and justice for the planet.

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Happy International Mother Earth Day!

Join indigenous peoples on the frontlines of climate action to learn about their solutions to sustain biodiversity, ecosystems and a livable climate.

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Patricia Espinosa: Climate calls for a unity of purpose

In a make-or-break year for climate action, Patricia Espinosa reflects on the climate emergency, urging a unity of purpose. Since climate knows no boundaries, bold action is in the best interest of everyone.

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Biggest financial players back net zero

Over 160 firms with $70 trillion in assets joined forces behind a common goal: steer the global economy towards net-zero emissions and deliver the Paris Agreement goals.

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New data affirm a faltering climate

The pandemic-related economic slowdown failed to put a brake on climate change drivers and accelerating impacts, according to a new report compiled by the World Meteorological Organization. Read more

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700 cities in 53 countries, one shared commitment

From Bangkok to Rabat to Miami Beach, mayors of major cities around the world met with UN Chief António Guterres to commit to immediate emissions cuts, aiming for a 50 percent reduction in the next decade. Read more.

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Papua New Guinea to assess nature’s services

Papua New Guinea is about to join the vanguard of countries accounting for nature. A national assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services will define links to economic activities as well as economic values.

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Find the solutions in nature

Want to know more about how nature-based solutions improve the response to disasters and climate? A free online MOOC explores the issues, in seven languages -- English, Hindi, French, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, Arabic, and Indonesian. Join participants from over 180 countries.

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Actions are adding up. What can you do?

Over 2 million climate actions have been registered on Act Now. From driving less to eating more veggies, every choice makes a difference. Gear up for Earth Day. Join the movement!

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Energy transition comes to the Arctic

The small island of Grímsey sits exactly on the Arctic Circle. It may be remote and sparsely populated, but that hasn't stopped local people from agreeing to stop using fossil fuels and embrace renewable energy. Read more.

Climate Change Effects in Island Nation of Kiribati.

Five steps to transformation

Five concrete, achievable actions can transform the response to the climate emergency, the Deputy Secretary-General told a ministerial meeting. Extensive debt relief for vulnerable countries is critical to moving forward. Read more.

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Net-zero pledges grow; ambition falls short

Countries, cities and businesses are making pledges to get to net-zero emissions. A new report surveyed 4,000 of these, finding good intentions, but not enough ambition, including around the use of carbon offsets.