This issue brief identifies the major types of uncertainties in water quality trading markets and summarizes the various mechanisms that could be used to address them.
The Social Cost of Carbon in U.S. Climate Policy, in Plain Englishby and -
This policy brief explains the various steps in calculating the social cost of carbon, the weaknesses and strengths of those calculations, and how they are used to inform climate policy. The aim is to help policymakers, regulators, civil society, and others judge for themselves the reliability...
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This report explores
whether technology improvements alone can achieve
oil consumption and GHG emissions reduction targets
consistent with recent draft legislation and international
Global companies are under increasing pressure to be energy efficient, from New York City to
Shanghai. Financing has long been a barrier, but a variety of financing tools can help unlock
capital flows. To help governments and business understand how they can leverage energy
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This analysis includes a valuation of coral reef-associated fisheries, potential losses to tourism due to beach erosion, and examines the role of coral reefs in reducing coastal flooding during storms. In addition, we provide a literature review of 16 coral reef valuations conducted in Jamaica...
Companies, Communities and Climate Changeby , , , , and -
This report makes the business case for private sector
adaptation to climate change in ways that
build the resilience of vulnerable communities
in developing countries.
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Forty-one developing countries have submitted mitigation actions under the UNFCCC in line with the 2010 Cancun agreements. This paper examines the subset of developing country actions that are framed in greenhouse gas (GHG) terms.
Property Tax Incentives for Preserving Local Benefits of Forestsby and -
This paper explores current use valuation programs as one tool for conserving and fostering sustainable management of southern U.S. forests under private ownership. The brief identifies key constraints on existing programs and suggests measures that could be implemented to enhance program...
Bottom-Up Perspectives on Smart Renewable Energy Policy in Developing Countriesby , , and -
This working paper identifies key components of smart renewable
energy policy in developing countries, focusing on
the power sector. It also provides recommendations
for maximizing the effectiveness of international
support for deployment of renewable energies,
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These tables serve as a reference document containing the key design elements of nutrient trading programs in four Chesapeake Bay states: Maryland, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, and West Virginia.
The Potential of Public Ballot Measuresby and -
This issue brief explores the potential of conservation-related ballot measures as a tool to protect forests. It defines conservation-related ballot measures, summarizes their nationwide track record, assesses their application in the Southern United States, and makes recommendations to...
WRI’s focus can be summed up in a
single word: results. We define these as
significant actions by government agencies,
corporations, policy-makers, or civil
society taken as a result of our activities
Best Practices Guide to Collaborative Solar Procurementby , , , , and -
This Best Practices Guide is intended to assist commercial and government entities in the process of organizing and executing a collaborative solar purchase.
Electricity Transmission Infrastructure and its Impact on the Renewable Energy Marketby , and -
This report examines electricity transmission developments and challenges for renewable energy in the European Union (EU), China, and the United States.
The Transformation of China's Energy System...by -
In this testimony, Senior Advisor Deborah Seligsohn discusses China's energy systems, future energy plans, and the business opportunities these create for other countries....
Priorities for a Financing Mechanism for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storageby , , and -
This working paper explores some of the key issues emerging around the effective financing of carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects in developing countries. It presents a series of options and recommendations to international policymakers and agencies working to support...
A New Model for Local Land Protectionby and -
This issue brief provides an overview of how public land, including forestland, can be “put to work” to earn revenue from one or more ecosystem service market opportunities. Working forest revenue sources include sustainable timber production, recreation and hunting fees, and – to the extent...
Exploring Payments for Watershed Services in the U.S. Southby , and -
The issue brief provides an overview of how businesses and water utilities in the United States and Latin America are pursuing upstream forest conservation as a cost-effective means of ensuring clean water supplies. It also suggests how many of these approaches could be applicable in the...
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This report provides a detailed assessment of the status of and threats to the world's coral reefs. It evaluates threats to coral reefs from a wide range of human activities, and includes an assessment of climate-related threats to reefs. It also contains a global assessment of the...
What’s Ahead for Power Plants & Industry? Using the Clean Air Act to Reduce GHGs, Building on Regional Programsby , , and -
This working paper explores how states and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and industrial facilities using the standards
of performance under section 111 of the Clean Air Act.
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This study, conducted with Standard & Poors Rating Services, examines how climate change policy drivers could be incorporated into the evaluation of credit quality. It analyzes two types of federal climate policy scenarios – (1) a market-based GHG emissions reduction policy as approximated...