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Stabilizing the global climate is the greatest challenge of the 21st century. Temperatures have exceeded global annual averages for 38 consecutive years. The impacts are being felt all around the world.

Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and severe. Heat waves and drought plague many countries, destroying agriculture, increasing the risk of wildfires and endangering lives. Rising sea level threatens coastal communities and infrastructure by amplifying flooding and storm surge.

But there are approaches and technologies available now to overcome this global challenge. WRI engages businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national and international levels to advance transformative solutions that mitigate climate change and help communities adapt to its impacts.

Our international climate work uses analysis, innovation and partnerships to achieve effective national policies and an ambitious, equitable global climate action agreement. Our U.S. Climate Action initiative identifies cost-effective solutions for the United States to reduce its emissions in the short- and long-term. CAIT 2.0 provides a platform for stakeholders to explore, understand and communicate climate and emissions data. And the Greenhouse Gas Protocol helps hundreds of companies and organizations measure, manage, and report their greenhouse gas emissions.

Publications & Resources

Reducing Latin America’s Carbon Footprint Means Restoring Life to Degraded Lands

Between 2001 and 2012, Latin America and the Caribbean lost 36 million hectares of forest and grassland to agricultural expansion, and nearly half of the region's greenhouse gas emissions are the result of land-use change, forestry, and agriculture. So there’s a clear solution to curbing climate change in the LAC region—restore life to its degraded landscapes.

That's where Initiative 20x20 comes in.

On Monday during COP20, the World Resources Institute (WRI), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) will unveil the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC), the first global standard to measure greenhouse gas emissions from cities. GPC will be the most widely endorsed standard for cities to measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions.

How to Make Progress on Climate Adaptation during COP 20

As delegates gather at COP 20 in Lima, it’s a critical moment to think about how countries can build resilience to these impacts.

Negotiators are currently at work on creating an international climate agreement by COP 21 in Paris in 2015—they have an opportunity to craft one that accelerates action on adaptation and makes life better for vulnerable people around the world.

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