Policy and Action Standard

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are driving climate change and its impacts around the world. According to climate scientists, global greenhouse gas emissions must be cut by as much as 72 percent below 2010 levels by 2050 to have a likely chance of limiting the increase in global mean temperature to 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels (IPCC 2014). Every degree increase in temperature will produce increasingly unpredictable and dangerous impacts for people and ecosystems. As a result, there is an urgent need to accelerate efforts
to reduce GHG emissions.

Estándar de objetivos de mitigación (Spanish)

Las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero (GEI) están provocando el cambio climático y sus impactos alrededor del mundo. De acuerdo con los científicos que estudian el clima, las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero globales se deben reducir hasta en un 72 por ciento por debajo de los niveles del año 2010 para el año 2050 para tener una oportunidad factible de limitar el incremento de la temperatura global promedio a 2 grados Celsius por encima de los niveles previos a la era industrial (IPCC 2014). Cada incremento de un grado en la temperatura producirá impactos cada vez más impredecibles y peligrosos para las personas y los ecosistemas. Como resultado, existe una necesidad urgente de acelerar los esfuerzos orientados a reducir las emisiones de GEI.

Climate Change and Marine Spatial Planning Policy Brief

As a changing climate alters ocean conditions, the redistribution of marine ecosystem services and benefits will affect maritime activities and societal value chains. While the magnitude of the effects will be diverse and region-specific and vary across sectors, both humans and nature will be subjected to increasing and intense negative impacts. Furthermore, the impacts of a changing climate on maritime economies are yet largely unknown and there are uncertainties and limitations of climate and ocean management options, which are at a very early or experimental stage. Significant gaps in technical, institutional and financial capacities for climate change adaptation between developed and developing countries exist, pointing to an imbalanced response to the global climate crisis.

Water Utility Climate Alliance – 2017–2021 Strategic Plan

The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) formed in 2007 to provide leadership and collaboration on climate change issues facing the nation’s water agencies. This coalition, guided by a previous five-year strategic plan and annual work plans, has developed into a credible voice on climate adaptation issues, and is often asked to provide a decision maker’s perspective on the climate challenge to researchers and government agencies investing in the nation’s resilience

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