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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.

With Federal Climate Policy Stuck in Neutral, California Moves Ahead

While there has been little progress on national climate policy this year, California has quietly continued to make strides in implementing its comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction program. Last month, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to finalize the regulations instituting California’s new greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. This program is one key element of California’s comprehensive program to implement the Global Warming Solutions Act (or AB 32), which was signed into law in 2006 by Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Ariana Alisjahbana

Research Analyst

Ariana is a researcher at WRI’s Forests Initiative, working primarily with land use issues focusing on Southeast Asia.

Louise Helen Brown

Associate, Finance Center

Louise Brown is an Associate for the Finance Center at the World Resources Institute. Her work focuses on governance within the context of international climate finance; in particular on...

James Anderson

Communications Officer, Forests Program

James Anderson is Communications Officer for WRI's Forests Program, where he leads communications and media outreach on projects such as Global Forest Watch, Global Restoration Initiative, and Forest Legality Alliance.

What Do We Know About “Green Jobs”?

While the potential role of ‘green jobs’ is hotly debated, many participants in this debate are talking past one another – starting from different assumptions and definitions, working from different datasets, or hailing from opposite ideological viewpoints on the “true” costs of unmitigated greenhouse gas emissions.

A review of the literature provides evidence that clean energy policies and investments can help create job opportunities and competitive gains for the economy. These findings should heighten the demand for policies and investments that hasten a shift to a low-carbon economy and the creation of more clean-energy jobs.

Gaining Ground

Increasing Conservation Easements in the U.S. South

This issue brief provides an overview of the current status of conservation easements in the U.S. South relative to the rest of the United States and how easement use can be increased.

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