Kevin is director of the U.S. Climate Initiative in the Climate and Energy Program.
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China, the United States, and the European Union take on transmission upgrades
Electricity Transmission Infrastructure and its Impact on the Renewable Energy Market
This report examines electricity transmission developments and challenges for renewable energy in the European Union (EU), China, and the United States.
A New Model for Local Land Protection
This issue brief provides an overview of how public land, including forestland, can be “put to work” to earn revenue from one or more ecosystem service market opportunities. Working forest revenue sources include sustainable timber production, recreation and hunting fees, and – to the extent...
Exploring Payments for Watershed Services in the U.S. South
The issue brief provides an overview of how businesses and water utilities in the United States and Latin America are pursuing upstream forest conservation as a cost-effective means of ensuring clean water supplies. It also suggests how many of these approaches could be applicable in the...
In the Southern United States, the watersheds with the greatest ability to produce clean water and with the most consumers tend to be the forested watersheds of the east (top).
Many payments for watershed services share a common trait: they are investments in “green infrastructure” instead of “gray infrastructure.” In other words, they are investments in forests i
More than 75 percent of the coral reefs in the Atlantic region are at risk from local threats (i.e., coastal development, overfishing/destructive fishing, marine-based pollution, and/or watershed-base
Performance standards could cover up to 54 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The pie chart above depicts all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2008.