For the 13th year, World Resources Institute will host Stories to Watch, an event looking at the big stories that will shape the world in the coming year. Dr. Andrew Steer, president & CEO, World Resources Institute, will offer his views on the major economic, social, environment and development issues for 2016.
This week's climate conference in Bonn highlights the importance of sub-national actors in meeting global climate goals. But how can we measure success from these new players? The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy offers a new common framework for reporting greenhouse gas emissions from transport, energy, waste and buildings.
According to new analysis, more than 2,500 non-federal actors representing more than half the U.S. economy—including cities, counties, states, businesses and more—have pledged their support for the Paris Agreement goals. If these actors were their own country, they’d be the world’s third-largest economy.
When ride-hailing, car- and bike-sharing and other innovative services are effectively combined with existing public transport options, their potential becomes "truly transformative," according to WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities director Anirudhha Dasgupta.
By focusing incentivizes to encourage cooperation, China was able to capture a strategic market: electric buses. India could do the same for electric bikes.
Cleaner cooking, off-grid generation and efficient buildings are key to sustainable urban development for the world's poorest.
Houston is reeling from Hurricane Harvey, and climate change means coastal cities must plan for more. Director Christina Chan of the Climate Resiliency Practice lays out how everyone can prepare, from recommendations for state and local officials to national policies that Congress could support.
Diagnosed in the U.S., "winner-take-all urbanism" also afflicts cities in the fast-growing global south in noxious ways that demand unique solutions—starting with participatory development that prioritizes improvements where people already live.
Declining costs, political commitment and innovative finance and business models are driving installation.
Reducing driving speeds won't just save lives. It can create healthier and more economically vibrant cities.