Biofuels and bioenergy take up finite land resources at the cost of food production and carbon storage and doesn’t guarantee carbon emissions cuts.
A new WRI paper finds bioenergy can play a modest role using wastes and other niche fuelstocks, but recommends against dedicating land to produce bioenergy.
The lesson: do not grow food or grass crops for ethanol or diesel or cut down trees for electricity.
The new U.S.-India agreement on climate change will help turn India’s bold renewable energy targets into reality.
Rather than relying on one major plank, the collaboration is a comprehensive set of actions that represent a substantial step in advancing low-carbon development in India while also promoting economic growth and expanding energy access.
Between now and September 2015, when heads of state will gather for the UN General Assembly, we have a historic chance to set the world on a more sustainable path that will eradicate poverty and enhance prosperity for all.
Over the coming months, however, leaders must work together to set the world on the right course to realize this vision.
All eyes are on India this week, as President Obama is set to make an unprecedented second trip to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
While the leaders’ discussions will address several issues, including nuclear energy and trade, climate and clean energy will be a central part of the agenda. So it’s a tremendous opportunity for the two countries to make substantive progress on shifting to low-carbon, climate-resilient pathways.
President Obama’s first trip after the State of the Union tonight will be to India to visit with Prime Minister Modi, where they will announce new energy and climate efforts.
In a press teleconference on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Indian and US experts will reflect on prospects for US-India collaboration and domestic action in India to curb emissions and address climate change.
Press Call Ahead of US-India Climate/Energy Announcements
Wednesday, Jan 21, 8:00 p.m. IST // 9:30 a.m. EST (Washington)
President Obama reiterated his commitment to combating climate change during this week's State of the Union address.
Mitigating these impacts means turning the many climate commitments of 2014 into tangible action in 2015.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to address climate change. As he said, "no challenge -- no challenge -- poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change."
In response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, following is a statement from Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute:
Recent research from the New Climate Economy Report reveals that climate action can bring economic benefits.
By urging governments and other stakeholders to enact responsible policies on climate, multi-national corporations can help shift public perception away from the false dichotomy of “environment vs. economy” and create the political conditions for progress.
This fact sheet offers an overview of key scientific takeaways from 2014, ranging from record-high temperatures to landmark findings related to climate change.