The EPA will soon release emissions standards for existing power plants, the single-largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
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.
Action from the world's two largest emitters, which together account for 38 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, should inspire greater climate commitments from other nations.
Three short stories of landscape restoration in the western United States show that restoration can mean a lot more than just planting trees. Sometimes it means cutting trees, setting fires, and unleashing destructive rodents. Perhaps we'd better explain.
As Karl Hausker noted in a Congressional testimony, the United States can not only achieve its goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent by 2025—doing so will actually create economic and quality-of-life benefits.
Road to Paris: Examining the President’s International Climate Agenda and Implications for Domestic Environmental Policy
Testimony of Dr. Karl Hausker before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
In a July 8, 2015 testimony, Karl Hausker addresses the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
The joint statement goes beyond research and development and embraces an unprecedented accord on climate targets, where both countries committed to increase their share of renewables by 20 percent by 2030.
WASHINGTON (JUNE 30, 2015)– Earlier today, Presidents Barack Obama and Dilma Rousseff committed to intensify collaboration between their two countries and work together to secure an ambitious climate agreement in Paris. Brazil committed to restore and reforest 12 million hectares of forests by 2030, increase the share of renewables in its energy mix of 28-33% by 2030, and improve low-carbon agricultural and grazing land practices among other measures.
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.
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...