This working paper examines where greenhouse gas emissions are headed if the United States does not take any new action to curb their release, how it can meet its 2025 emissions target using existing authorities and state action, and how legislation can achieve deeper cuts over the longer term...
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.
The Obama administration committed to reduce U.S. emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. A new WRI study reveals how to achieve that target—and go even further—through existing federal policies and state action.
Using renewable materials like certified sustainable paper and bioplastics creates clear environment benefits. So why aren't more businesses using them in their supply chains?
WRI Board member and former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy Sue Tierney explains why April 16th was a remarkable (and remarkably dull) milestone in electric-industry history.
Putting a price on carbon can be an effective policy to spur innovation, create lasting economic growth, and help the United States achieve its carbon reduction goals.
When the price of carbon-intensive fuels and goods increases, the government takes in new revenues. These funds can lower taxes, reduce the federal deficit and more while curbing climate change.
A Handbook for U.S. Policy Makers
Putting a Price on Carbon: A Handbook for US Policymakers is a comprehensive reference guide to the design features, revenue options and economic consequences from different approaches to pricing carbon.
Today, on Earth Day, President Obama delivered remarks from the Florida Everglades on the impacts of climate change and how the administration is responding.
Following is a statement from Sam Adams, director, U.S. Climate Initiative, World Resources Institute:
“The message for Earth Day is clear: We need to do more to protect our lands and our communities from the impacts of climate change. From sea-level rise in Florida to drought in California, the reality is that climate change is no longer a distant threat.