A white ring around the cliffs of Lake Mead mark where the waterline once reached, “sounding the alarm of another victim to the accelerating climate crisis”. The insight this week is about NDCs, Nationally Defined Contributions, which are agendas that each country is pursing to address climate change. They contain information on measures for adapting to climate change impacts (such as the impacts on Lake Mead and the Colorado River, which are the US’s most important sources of freshwater).
Ahead of COP26, all countries are currently submitting their NDCs which will be summarized by the NDC synthesis report on September 27th (by UN Climate Change). By communicating it to the community, it becomes legally binding.