New: Pivotal Year—WRI’s 2015 Annual Report

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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 work in the United States.

A group of heads of state, city and state leaders, and members of the private sector are urging countries and companies around the globe to put a price on carbon. WRI has conducted extensive research on carbon pricing, including a carbon pricing handbook for U.S. policymakers.Following is a statement from Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute.

Rising Tides in the United States

The impacts of coastal flooding and sea level rise are already being felt by coastal communities across the United States. Coastal shoreline counties are home to more than 123 million Americans and account for nearly half the U.S. GDP. Homes, property and critical infrastructure within these communities face a growing threat from coastal flooding as sea levels continue to rise.

How Virginia Can Meet Its Clean Power Plan Targets

This fact sheet examines how Virginia can use its existing policies and infrastructure to meet its emission standards under the Clean Power Plan while minimizing compliance costs, ensuring reliability, and harnessing economic opportunities. Read about additional analyses in WRI's fact sheet...

The WRI analysis shows that if Virginia achieves its current goals to improve efficiency and increase use of renewable energy while also making more efficient use of existing natural gas plants, the state can decrease carbon emissions from Virginia’s power sector by 43 percent below 2012 levels by 2030 – well beyond the state’s mass-based target of 23 percent reductions required under the Clean Power Plan.

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