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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.

Green fees

How a tax shift can work for the environment and the economy

Demonstrates how shifting tax burden can reduce environmental damages, increase economic production and income, and increase economic welfare overall.

The right climate for carbon taxes

Creating economic incentives to protect the environment

Explores the main components of a tax-reform strategy that promotes environmental improvement.

The Going Rate

What it really costs to drive

Tackles the problem of estimating true transportation costs. Makes a case for transportation reforms and argues that these initiatives are unlikely to get off the drawing board unless and until U.S. drivers pay more of the true costs of transportation.

Drowning the National Heritage

Climate Change and U.S. Coastal Biodiversity

Examines the status of coastal biodiversity and the potential impacts of climate change. Evaluate various policy responses and recommend specific changes to protect the biological wealth of these vital ecosystems.

Ill Winds

Airborne pollution's toll on trees and crops...

Across the United States, air pollution is contributing to the decline and ultimate death of forest trees and to widespread losses in crop yields.

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