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Landscape Restoration—A Winning Strategy in a Warmer World

Imagine that we have the chance to cut greenhouse gas emissions, boost household incomes and increase crop yields, while making vulnerable areas more resilient to severe weather and improving the lives of people in some of the world’s poorest regions.

The fact is, we could do all this and more by restoring the world’s degraded landscapes to productive, sustainable use.

Why Community Forest Rights Should Be Part of National Climate Change Policies

Strengthening community forest rights can help mitigate climate change in many heavily forested countries.

Globally, communities have legal rights to at least 513 million hectares of forest, making up one-eighth of the world’s forests. These community forests hold about 37.7 billion tonnes of carbon, or 29 times more than the annual carbon footprint of all passenger vehicles in the world.

The Emissions Gap Roadmap

To stay below a 2-degree Centigrade temperature rise, the world needs to reach global carbon neutrality-no net carbon increases-by the end of the century, according to a new report from the UNEP.

WRI President Andrew Steer shares highlights and tells what needs to be done.

Staying on Track: A New Tool for Designing and Meeting Emissions-Reduction Goals

The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol’s Mitigation Goal Standard, launched today, provides the first-ever standardized approach for designing, assessing, and reporting progress on a variety of national and subnational mitigation goals. The standard can help governments set emissions-reduction targets, meet domestic and international emissions reporting obligations to groups like the UNFCCC, and ensure that efforts to reduce emissions are actually achieving their intended results.

The United Nations Environment Program and World Resources Institute will launch a new report on what actions are needed to achieve emissions reductions to limit global temperature rise to 2°C in this century. The event on November 19, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

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