Salmon populations plummeted over the past several decades in central Oregon’s John Day River. The fish’s return is not just an environmental restoration success story, but a cultural one.
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.
New WRI research highlights cost-effective steps states can take to rein in methane emissions—and why it’s in their best interest to do so.
This working paper is a first of its kind guide for US states aiming to enact policies to regulate methane emissions.
It looks at ways to reduce methane leaks from major emissions sources, including technologies to help reduce methane emissions and model rules for states to base future...
On Tuesday June 23, World Resources Institute will convene an embargoed press call focusing on the soon-to-be-released publication, Reducing Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Development: Strategies for State-Level Policymakers. The new paper examines how states can set standards and how energy firms can cost-effectively harness available technologies and deploy proven techniques to prevent methane emissions.
Large trucks and airplanes account for about one-third of total U.S. transportation emissions. WRI analysis shows that setting strong efficiency standards for these sectors could deliver at least 6 percent of the total reductions the United States needs to meet its goal of reducing total emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
A new online guide to water quality trading can help farms, utilities and other businesses cut pollution and restore U.S. waters to their swimmable, fishable best.
A Product of the National Network on Water Quality Trading
This report aims to provide a reference on common elements and decisions inherent in water quality trading (WQT) program design, especially point-nonpoint WQT programs and the range of available options.
It is intended to help establish WQT programs, provide greater transparency about...
This chart uses historical GHG emissions data and the targets and timetables in submitted pre-2020 pledges (for 2020 reductions) and INDCs to estimate the average annual change in emissions (decarbonization rate) from 2020-2030.
This chart presents each target against each chosen base year to help facilitate easy comparisons.