September 24, 2019 / 12:51 AM / 3 months ago

12 global initiatives to beat back climate threats

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Close to 30 global initiatives to ramp up action on climate change were unveiled or expanded at the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York, the United Nations said.

Bringing together governments, businesses, development banks, cities and green groups, they cover everything from zero-carbon buildings to cleaning up air pollution and a platform for poor countries to access international finance for clean energy.

Here are 12, announced alongside commitments by about 65 countries to upgrade their climate plans, with the aim of upping the world’s chance of reducing planet-warming emissions to net zero by mid-century and meeting agreed temperature limits:

SOURCES: United Nations Climate Summit:, German government, Sustainable Energy for All, Powering Past Coal Alliance, Campaign for Nature, International Energy Agency, World Resources Institute, Willis Towers Watson, World Bank, CGIAR

Reporting by Megan Rowling @meganrowling; editing by Laurie Goering. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, climate change, women's and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking and property rights. Visit

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