Environmental Stories to Watch in 2015

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Things are heating up Source: NOAA

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Energy prices are cooling down Source: US Energy Information Agency

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Image: Joe DeSouza/Wikimedia

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2014: a year of momentum Image: United Nations/Flickr

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2014: A Year of Momentum 38 countries have a price on carbon

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A Shift in Dialogue

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Global Emissions Rising Source: wri.org/blog/2014/05/history-carbon-dioxide-emissions, image: Theophilos Papadopoulos, Flickr

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CARBON BUDGET Running out: only 3 decades left Image: Walter/Flickr

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Country Pledges: How Ambitious? Image: The White House/Flickr

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US: Taking a Lead? Image: Wigwam Jones/Flickr

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Power Plant Rules by the summer? Source: NRDC Summary of EPA's Clean Power Plan

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COP21: What Will the Deal Look Like? How Ambitious? Regular Review? Role of Finance? Long-Term Goal? Image: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank

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Will the world rise to the climate challenge?

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Image: Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) 

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September 2015 Image: utenriksdept/Flickr

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Millennium Development Goals 1990-2015 Source: United Nations

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Progress: Global Poverty Extreme poverty cut in half Source: World Bank data (POVCAL)

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Progress: Child Mortality 17,000 fewer children are dying each day Source: UNICEF

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Progress: Universal Primary Education Number of children out of school halved

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But… Photo: Anduze Traveller/Flickr 1.2B people live in extreme poverty 6.5M million children under age 5 die annually 58M children out of school

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Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability- falling short Source: Oxfam International/Flickr

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The sdg process so far Image: CIFOR June 2013: High Level Panel Report July 2014: Open Working Group on SDGs Proposal August 2014: Expert Committee on Finance Report December 2014: UN Secretary-General Synthesis Report

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What’s Different This Time Universality: A New Global Reality Image: United Nations/Flickr

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What’s Different This Time Universality: A New Global Reality More Comprehensive in Scope Image: United Nations/Flickr

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What’s Different This Time Universality: A New Global Reality More Comprehensive in Scope Sustainability at the Core Image: United Nations/Flickr

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What’s Different This Time Universality: A New Global Reality More Comprehensive in Scope Sustainability at the Core A New Approach to Finance Image: United Nations/Flickr

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Financing for development: july 2015 Image: Addis Ababa; Flickr/David Stanley

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Will the world embrace a new approach?

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Image: Wikimedia Commons

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sustainable commodities: Tropical Forest Alliance Partnership to eliminate tropical deforestation from commodities by 2020 Image: Jan Van Der Ploeg For CIFOR

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Renewable Energy: SE4ALL Universal energy access 2x the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency 2x renewable energy by 2030 Image: Jiro Ose/UN Foundation/Flickr

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Sustainable Cities: Compact of Mayors 228 cities worldwide Commitment to cut 13 gigatons by 2050 Image: J.P. Engelbrecht, City Hall of Rio de Janeiro/Flickr

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Restoring Landscapes: NY Declaration Commitment to restore 350M hectares by 2030 Image: WRI

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Restoring landscapes: global momentum building? 60M hectares committed so far Source: WRI

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INITIATIVE 20 X 20 Source: WRI

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Price on carbon club Image: Julie Falk/Flickr 73 governments, 1000+ companies

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Will Clubs Drive Global Results?

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Image: Wikimedia

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A global problem Image: UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran 1.2 B people facing water scarcity

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36 countries face extreme water stress Source: Aqueduct

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US West: Worst Drought in 1,200 Years California produces nearly 50% of US-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables Source: Aqueduct, CDFA

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` Sao Paulo: Worst Drought in 80 Years 20M People Affected

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Brazil: A water rich country… Amazon basin: 50% of Brazil’s water, but only 4% of population Image: Keith_Rock/Flickr

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…a water-stressed coast 80% of Brazil’s pop. in coastal mega-cities Source: Aqueduct

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China 90% of coastal cities face water stress Source: Aqueduct

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East China: Worst Drought in 60+ Yrs. Image: Asian Development Bank, Flickr 

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Response: Private Sector Image: MPhotographe, Flickr

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Response: Private sector Image: Raiffeisenverband Salzburg/Wikimedia Commons Aqueduct maps on Bloomberg terminals reach 320,000 subscribers

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Response: Government Image: US Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles/Flickr • More water laws? • Water pricing? • Efficiency mandates and incentives?

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Response: infrastructure Image: Circleofblue.org Total cost at least $62B

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What's Coming in 2015 Source: Aqueduct

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Will Water Risk Rise to the Top of the Global Agenda in 2015?

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Image: Salil Wadhavkar/Flickr

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A NEW MANDATE Source: Al Jazeera English/Flickr

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FOCUS ON GROWTH Source: World Bank 2014

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Cities are Booming Source: Ankur Dave/Flickr Urban population 2x by 2030

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AIR POLLUTION RISING Delhi: World’s worst air pollution 5th leading cause of death in India Image: Kara Newhouse/Flickr

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MORE ENERGY NEEDED 300M+ Indians lack access to electricity Image: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Panos Pictures / Department for International Development

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URBANIZATION: 100 Smart cities Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

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healthier, Better cities less sprawl less pollution safer streets less infrastructure costs Image: EMBARQ

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Betting on Renewables Image: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Panos Pictures / Department for International Development 100GW of Solar Power by 2022 33x boost in solar capacity

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A LIGHTBULB IN EVERY HOME Image: UN Women/Gaganjit Singh

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LEADERS MEET Image: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza/Flickr

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Will India Successfully Embrace High Efficiency, Low-Carbon Growth?

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Image: Kreshna Aditya/Flickr

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New mandates: 1.8 Billion People President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil Prime Minister Nahendra Modi, India President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey President Joko Widodo, Indonesia

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And in the U.S. Image: Adam Fagen/Flickr

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A sustainable legacy Image: Christopher Dilts, Obama for America/Flickr

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And 2016? Image: Justin Brown/Flickr

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Image: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Panos Pictures / Department of International Development/Flickr