While the United States has received criticism in the past for lackluster climate action, recent evidence shows the country is ramping up its ambition—progress that will likely last well beyond COP 21 in Paris.
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As Secretary Kerry noted, Virginia's Hampton Roads area, experiencing increasing coastal flooding due to sea level rise, is a microcosm of the bigger risks facing our nation and world.
More than 8 million acres of the U.S. landscape have burned this year. Global Forest Watch provides insights on where they're happening, and how they compare to previous fire seasons.
WASHINGTON (November 6, 2015)— President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline that would have crossed from Canada into the United States, and run all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. This announcement resolves one of the major environmental issues from President Obama’s tenure and sends a strong signal of the administration’s leadership, coming just ahead of the Paris climate negotiations in December.
This WRI analysis finds that renewable energy supplies are set to double collectively in eight major economies by 2030 spurred on by new national climate and energy plans. These renewable energy levels will be 18 percent higher in 2030 than previously projected growth rates.
Under the U.S. Clean Power Plan, Pennsylvania must reduce power sector emissions by 24-25 percent below 2012 levels by 2030. New analysis shows the state's existing clean energy policies and opportunities to make better use of existing power plans could get it more than halfway to that emissions target.
Editor’s Note: WRI Expert Kristin Meek will testify at Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection listening session on Wednesday, November 4
This fact sheet examines how Pennsylvania can use its existing policies and infrastructure to meet its emission standards under the Clean Power Plan while minimizing compliance costs, ensuring reliability, and harnessing economic opportunities. Read about additional analyses in WRI's fact sheet...
HAMPTON, N.H. (October 24, 2015)– Coastal flooding is growing more dangerous and costly for people and businesses along America’s shorelines, according to a bipartisan group of local elected officials who spoke at a national summit on the issue today. The Rising Tides summit brought more than 35 mayors and local elected officials to Hampton, N.H., to discuss strategies to cope with increasingly severe coastal flooding amplified by sea level rise.