What are the top environmental and development issues that will shape 2013?
On January 15, WRI’s president Andrew Steer presented the 10th annual “Stories to Watch” at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. While we can’t predict the future, we believe six key stories will be important to watch this year.
Resources from the Event
What Energy Mix?
More than 1.3 billion people currently lack power, while a growing middle class will demand more electricity. How can we meet these energy needs while still reigning in global greenhouse gas emissions?
Three energy sources will be particularly important to watch: natural gas, coal, and renewables.
Toward “Ecological Progress” in China?
China is the world’s largest consumer and produces more than one-quarter of global carbon emissions. But China’s leadership has indicated that it recognizes the challenges of its environmental degradation. What progress will China make on its climate and energy goals?
How Will Africa’s Lions Grow?
Africa claimed six of the top 10 fastest-growing economies from 2001 to 2010. These are the so-called “African Lions.” Will Africa’s growth lead to greater environmental degradation, or will more safeguards be adopted to ensure “green growth?”
Are We Turning the Corner on Forests?
Forests are home to 80 percent of land biodiversity and provide more than $720 billion to global economies. However, we’re losing more than 13 million hectares of forest to deforestation every year. Countries like Indonesia and Brazil have made some progress—but can it be maintained?
Will Green Investment Survive the Financial Squeeze?
Green investment requires a long-term view, yet global economic uncertainty has led to more short-term thinking. Which way will investment go in 2013?
Will the Obama Administration Lead on Climate Change?
A string of recent extreme and expensive weather and climatic events could ramp up political momentum for action on global warming. Will President Obama use this opportunity to put the United States onto a safer emissions trajectory?