Today three countries, the United States, Canada, and Mexico, announced targets and strategies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century (2050).
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 work in the United States.
President Barack Obama has done more to address climate impacts than any of his predecessors, notably in his administration's Climate Action Plan announced in 2013. A key pillar was enhancing resilience to the impacts of a changing climate.
Some oppose carbon taxes on the grounds that they disproportionately hurt poor and middle-class households. But WRI research finds that with the right design, a carbon price could protect poor households from increasing energy prices, support the middle class and spur economic growth.
Climate change has been largely ignored in the U.S. election, while coverage on major broadcast networks declined by 5 percent between 2014 and 2015. Experts like Thomas Friedman, Joe Romm and Andrew Steer weigh in on what's needed to push climate firmly into the public discourse.
A Colorado wildfire that caused $25 million in damage also played havoc with Denver's drinking water supply, prompting the Mile-High City and others to invest in watershed protection to safeguard forests where the water they need originates. Protecting forested watersheds is critical for utilities that serve over 10,000 U.S. cities. Here are 10 factors that can guide watershed investment.
Lessons from United States Watershed Investment Programs
Watershed investment programs offer promising pathways to securing safe drinking water. But what does it take to establish and grow a successful watershed investment program? Program investors and practitioners are looking for guidance and ideas on how to build a program that works for their own...
The number of green tariffs, or renewable energy purchasing programs offered by utilities, has doubled in the United States since the end of 2015. Part of the reason is demand from corporations seeking more access to wind and solar.
The White House and U.S. Military have continued to raise alarms about the serious and direct risks of climate change-related impacts to local communities and military installations. On Wednesday, October 19, at 9:30 a.m. EDT, World Resources Institute and Old Dominion University will host a media event, Sea Level Rise: An Intergovernmental Blueprint for Community Resiliency.
WASHINGTON (September 21, 2016) - Today President Obama directed the National Security Council to create a 90 day process, involving some 20 federal agencies, to systematically mainstream climate change assessments in all national security decisions.
Many guitar makers use "figured" wood, desired for its wavy or rippled appearance. Bigleaf maple from the U.S. Pacific Northwest can act as a sustainable and beautiful source of figured wood.