World Resources Institute
Leaders from more than 160 nations will mark Earth Day at the United Nations, putting their signatures to an international climate change agreement aimed at heading off dangerous changes to Earth's climate.
Data compiled by the World Resources Institute shows that 21 nations, including the United States, Germany, and France, grew their economies while reducing greenhouse gas pollution.
Nations agreed in Paris last year to quickly transition their economies away from fossil fuel sources and toward renewables — and the UN secretary-general says investors should double their commitment to clean energy sources by 2020.
Saudi Arabia became the latest nation to submit to the United Nations its plan for reducing emissions and boosting renewable energy production ahead of climate talks in Paris later this month.
Several analyses show that current carbon reduction pledges made by the world's governments are inadequate for keeping global temperature rise within 2 degrees Celsius above pre-Industrial Age levels.
Over 100,000 fires are burning, mostly on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, in order to make way for palm oil, timber, and pulp and paper plantations.
Haze from the annual forest fires — deliberately set to clear land for agriculture — are causing massive amounts of pollution, sickening people, and endangering wildlife.
The World Resources Institute says 33 nations are likely to face extreme water scarcity by 2040 because of climate change and growing populations.
In its annual energy outlook, Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects big gains in renewable energy production around the world, but coal will remain a big source of power.
World leaders will meet in Paris later this year to hammer out a deal on cutting carbon pollution — an effort compatible with economic growth, says UN climate agency head.