A changing climate means less rain and lower water supplies in regions where many people live and much of the planet’s food is produced: the mid-latitudes of the Northern and Southern hemispheres, including the U.S. Southwest, southern Europe and parts of the Middle East, southern Africa, Australia and Chile. As WRI-Aqueduct’s future scenarios for water supply show, diminished water supplies will be apparent in these areas by 2020 – less than four years away -- and are expected to grow worse by 2030 and 2040.
In March 2018, the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning submitted the Second Biennial Update Report on Climate Change to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). By doing so, we became the 15th developing country (from the 154 developing country signatories of the Convention), which not only fulfilled its commitment, but also embedded the pathway that could make us climate champions.
Groundbreaking ‘Carbon Majors’ research finds 100 active fossil fuel producers including ExxonMobil, Shell, BHP Billiton and Gazprom are linked to 71% of industrial greenhouse gas emissions since 1988.
Roughly 20 pieces of clothing per person are manufactured each year. Growth of the multi-trillion-dollar apparel industry has been fed by “fast fashion,” which makes clothing cheaply and quickly with a low price-tag. These visuals illustrate why the apparel industry must embrace a new approach to sustainably meet demand in tomorrow’s markets.
The Global Support Programme (GSP) provides support to non-Annex I Parties in order to prepare National Communications (NCs) and Biennial Update Reports (BURs) that are submitted to the UNFCCC. The Programme recently started in 2015 and will run until the end of 2019. It is jointly implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).