Last week, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, announced that the central objective of the UN for 2021 will be to build a Global Coalition for Carbon Neutrality. He stated that he firmly believes that “2021 can be a new kind of leap year — the year of a quantum leap towards carbon neutrality”. With 110 countries having committed to carbon neutrality by 2050 there is … [Read more...] about 41 billion reasons why Costa Rica’s progress on decarbonization can inspire the world
Latin America has become a global hotspot of the pandemic. The social and economic pain it inflicts only adds to the impacts of the climate crisis. This hurricane season, for instance, is expected to hit the Americas with twice as many major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher than in typical years. By the end of this decade, heat waves alone could destroy the equivalent of 2.5 … [Read more...] about Can carbon pricing help Latin America and the Caribbean engage in a net-zero carbon future?
Last October, the Kenyan long-distance runner, Eliud Kipchoge, did what many had said was impossible. In Prater Park, Vienna, he ran the fastest marathon ever becoming the first person in recorded history to break the two-hour barrier clocking in at 1:59:40. This incredible feat reminds us that the world has its own herculean task to achieve: Limiting global heating to well … [Read more...] about How Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge can help us get to net-zero emissions by 2050
Latin America and the Caribbean has the cleanest electricity in the world, thanks to the dominant role of hydroelectricity in our region. But the Paris Agreement should still matter to the region's energy ministers. Fossil power plants, particularly those burning natural gas, could be incompatible with the agreement’s goals. We recently published an article in Environmental … [Read more...] about Is there too much natural gas to meet the Paris Agreement’s objectives?
Have you ever wondered what relationship exists between climate change and cash transfer programs? Did you know that through these programs you can fight climate change? Today we publish in the journal Nature Sustainability a study that evaluates how to use cash transfer programs to alleviate the negative impact of carbon taxes on poor and vulnerable households. One of the … [Read more...] about How cash transfers can support the fight against climate change