A "cause for alarm" on global fuel economy

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The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) report released via the International Energy Agency this week warned that the average fuel economy improvement rate for advanced countries slowed to only 0.2% per year between 2015 and 2017 — and "more than 20 countries experiencing a reversal in the evolution of their fuel economy."

Why it matters: It's nowhere near the GFEI target of 3.7% annual improvements in order to help control CO2 emissions.

The world's first climate treaty turns 25

The world as a rubik's cube.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Yesterday marked 25 years since the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change entered into force.

Why it matters: The deal struck in Rio de Janeiro laid the foundation for negotiations — lots of negotiations — that ultimately produced the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

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