Experts often debate the pros and cons of a carbon tax versus a cap-and-trade system. But WRI research finds that if well-designed, both policies can effectively reduce emissions in the United States.
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EPA is continuing to provide states with the tools and support to reduce their power sector emissions, and many states and utilities have said they will continue their plans to comply with the Clean Power Plan despite the recent stay.
New research finds that sea levels increased at a faster rate this past century than any other in nearly 3,000 years. While this is old news to the local elected officials on the front lines of coastal flooding in the United States, the findings will hopefully inspire much-needed action at the federal level.
Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling to pause implementation of the Clean Power Plan will likely only be a temporary time out. Most states are already laying plans to comply—and indeed, it's in their best interest to do so.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted implementation of the Clean Power Plan, as an appeals court considers an expedited legal challenge from states, corporations and industry groups. The ruling is not based on the merits of the plan, which will be heard in court later this year.
James Anderson uses the Global Forest Watch platform to analyze forest change in his hometown of Northfield, Minnesota.
Water scarcity challenges industries around the world. Global population growth and economic development suggest a future of increased demand, competition, and cost for limited freshwater supplies. Scarcer water, in turn, creates new challenges for energy supply because coal, oil, gas, and...
This bubble chart shows the water and energy intensity of various industries. The bubble size is proportional to revenue (2013 figures). Source: Bloomberg Terminal (accessed summer 2015).
In Putting a Price on Carbon: Reducing Emissions, we describe how a national price on carbon would reduce emissions across key sectors of the economy, including empirical evidence and real world case studies. The research examines how the incentives for emissions reductions are depicted in an...