Sustainability Reads: October 19- November 1

Global Response to Climate Change Keeps Door Open to 2 Degree C Temperature Limit
A new UN report synthesizes national climate plans (INDCs) from 146 countries and forecasts that current commitments keep the earth below a 2.7 degree Celsius warming by 2100. The plans submitted and analyzed cover 86% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is almost four times the commitments made through the Kyoto Protocol. This is good, but not really good enough. Check out the full report to explore countries’ INDCs and other aggregated information. An accompanying report will be released for policymakers in November, before they head into the international climate negotiations. Released by the UNFCCC secretariat

A new UN report synthesizes national climate plans (INDCs) from 146 countries and forecasts that current commitments keep the earth below a 2.7 degree Celsius warming by 2100. The plans submitted and analyzed cover 86% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is almost four times the commitments made through the Kyoto Protocol. This is good, but not really good enough. Check out the full report to explore countries’ INDCs and other aggregated information. An accompanying report will be released for policymakers in November, before they head into the international climate negotiations. Released by the UNFCCC secretariat

Clean Power Plan Final Rule
Friday, October 23rd was a momentous occasion for U.S. climate action as the final version of Obama’s Clean Power Plan was published in the Federal Register. The plan will regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, but opposition is far from over as at least 24 states and the coal and power industry are trying to have it declared unconstitutional. Proponents of the plan are confident that it’s judicially sound so there is nothing to worry about.

IMF to factor climate risk into world economic forecasts
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the influential finance body that puts out the World Economic Outlook report and provides countries with financial and technical assistance, will now systematically consider climate change. This is a big deal. The IMF can expose the vulnerability countries face by not reducing reliance on fossil fuels. It will be very interesting to see the outputs and how this information is conveyed, but details aren’t available yet. By Megan Darby at Climate Home

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From New York to Seoul: 10 of the best designs for water-stressed cities – in pictures 

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