Cities throughout the U.S. are at the forefront of climate change. And many of them have also been at the forefront of climate action, working to adapt to increased flooding from sea-level rise, damages from extreme weather, and other impacts.
WRI established its U.S. office in 1982. We work to improve water quality, increase awareness of local climate change impacts, and identify cost-effective emissions-reduction opportunities in the United States. Learn more about our Eutrophication and Hypoxia, Water Quality Trading, U.S. Local Climate Impacts Initiative, and U.S. Climate Action projects.
Recently the world took two giant steps toward reaching a global agreement to fight climate change in 2015: a landmark U.S.-China accord and a $4.5 billion pledge to the Green Climate Fund by the United States and Japan.
But there are some conditions attached.
WASHINGTON (November 17, 2014) — Today, the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience released a report on how the federal government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. The Task Force, which is composed of 26 mayors, governors, tribal leaders, and other local officials, was established a year ago by President Obama to support the U.S. Climate Action Plan.
WRI’s new fact sheet, Understanding Renewable Energy Cost Parity, explains how the accuracy of these comparisons can be improved.
WASHINGTON (November 14, 2014) — President Obama announced that the United States will contribute $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund during the G20 Summit held in Australia this weekend.
Yesterday WRI's climate finance experts Alex Doukas and Athena Ballesteros blogged about how a U.S. pledge to the Green Climate Fund would build climate action momentum.
This infographic is based on research included in Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles: Increasing Access to Renewable Energy.
The blockbuster climate announcement in Beijing on November 12 unveiled new targets for both China and the United States. The renewed collaboration on climate change could be an historic turning point.
Next steps in the landmark climate action agreement between the U.S. and China will be important, but this accord signals a huge move forward for climate action—globally.
Homes and commercial buildings account for 74 percent of electricity demand in the United States, making them a critical part of any plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The good news is that policies put into place over the last three decades—including appliance efficiency standards, voluntary labeling programs like ENERGY STAR, and state energy-savings targets—have already helped offset rising demand for electricity and saved consumers billions of dollars. New research shows that with the right policies in place, consumers and the environment can capture even greater benefits.