Climate Action

Mitigation Heavyweights: Effective NDCS for the Building Sector

The building sector exhibits massive untapped potential for climate mitigation and adaptation: buildings accounted for the largest share of energy-related CO2 emissions (38 percent) in 2019. With rising incomes, urbanization, and population growth, the built surface is set to double by 2060. Most new buildings are highly inefficient when it comes to energy consumption. Given the current average lifetime of a building (30 to 80 years), there is an enormous risk of high-carbon lock in.

Forest data for climate action: the importance of legal and institutional frameworks

Forests, and forest monitoring in particular, are critical to ensuring that countries stay on target with emission reduction goals within the framework of the Paris Agreement. A robust National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) can support the formulation, monitoring and adjustment of sub- and national forest-related policies, inform citizens and stakeholders and help track progress towards sustainable forest management and reducing emissions related to forest loss.

The Case for Universal Recognition of the Right to a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment

Environmental concerns were entirely absent during UN discussions on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the negotiation of the two international human rights covenants, for the simple reason that the instruments were negotiated before the advent of the modern environmental movement in the late 1960s.

Mother Nature's Bounty: In response to the climate crisis, women are turning to vermicomposting as an alternative source of income in Turkmenistan

In the face of climate change, environmental degradation, a rise in extreme weather and other factors, the Amu Darya River can no longer sustain the farmers who have relied on its bounty to feed their families, grow their crops and ensure their livelihoods for centuries.