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U.S. Carbon Capture and Direct Air Capture Projects

With more than 40 percent of the global capacity of carbon management projects (13 in operation and more than 60 in different stages of development), the United States is expected to play a major role in the deployment of carbon …

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Climate-related Financial Risks and Opportunities: A Primer for Local Governments

Local governments across the United States are bearing increasing costs of extreme weather disasters while facing a global transition to a low-carbon economy. Equipped with more information on how these and other climate-related factors present financial risks and opportunities, local …

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Outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh

Labeled the “implementation COP” for being the first conference held after the last of the Paris Agreement’s rulebook was agreed in Glasgow, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, …

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U.S. State Climate Action Plans

33 states have released a climate action plan or are in the process of revising or developing one. This includes 32 states that have released plans and 1 state that is updating its plan. Climate action plans generally include greenhouse …

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Unlocking Precision Agriculture’s Climate Potential

For decades, a precision agriculture (PA) revolution has been ‘just around the corner,’ promising to transform American agriculture. While precision technologies—including variable rate applications, soil sensors, autosteering systems, and others—have significant potential to improve environmental outcomes, they have yet to …

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A Building Block for Climate Action: Reporting on Embodied Emissions

Greenhouse gases can be emitted across various stages of a product’s life cycle, from raw materials and manufacturing to disposal. These emissions are often referred to as a product’s “embodied emissions.” Currently, the most common way of reporting product-level data …

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COP27: Issues and Options for a Global Goal on Adaptation

Adaptation continues to be a high priority, and the delivery on adaptation-related topics and mandates will be integral to achieving a successful outcome at COP27. Adaptation under the Paris Agreement has several important features that together create a system that …

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What does the COP26 Outcome on Article 6 Mean for Non-Party Stakeholders?

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement established a framework for countries to cooperate in achieving their climate commitments (nationally determined contributions, NDCs), using market mechanisms to enable greater ambition than they could achieve independently. The Paris Agreement implementing guidance finalized …

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COP27: Considerations for a Loss & Damage Finance Facility

This paper explores options for loss and damage (L&D) finance under the current and proposed mechanisms of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change  and is complemented by a prior paper on The Institutional Ecosystem for L&D. There are a …

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COP27: The Mitigation Work Programme & The Ministerial Roundtable

To be most effective, the Mitigation Work Programme (MWP) could usefully aim to:  generate discussions that are facilitative, constructive, innovative, and catalytic  be inclusive and ensure a diversity of participation, including by policymakers and implementers  generate clear signals in support …

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