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The Real Story Behind Falling Renewable Energy Investments

Investors worldwide spent less on renewable energy and related technologies last year than in previous years, making it appear as if the cleantech sector is on the decline.

Taking a deeper dive tells a more complex story—in reality, renewable energy is on a strong growth path—and tools are emerging to push the sector even further.

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Corporate Lobbying on Climate Change: Silence is not Neutrality

While some companies are stepping forward on climate change policy, many others have remained quiet.

WRI worked with the UN and several esteemed partners on a Caring for Climate report to create a common standard for engaging corporate responsibly in climate policy debates. The guide represents a baseline for action and transparent reporting.

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Identifying the Global Coal Industry’s Water Risks

Regional water concerns are creating significant financial risks due to advanced global commodity trading and energy industries’ high dependence on water.

Our Aqueduct project explores how water risks are already impacting the world’s coal industry, and how risks will change over time.

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Looking Back on Year One of India's Green Power Market Development Group

India has come out with ambitious renewable energy goals, but the country still faces a daunting financing gap. WRI and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) are leading an innovative effort—The Green Power Market Development Group—that could bridge this finance gap and help overcome India’s energy challenges.

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India's Shift to a Sustainable Energy Future

In an interview with The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), Manish Bapna examines the steps India is taking toward a more sustainable energy future. He argues that while India has made important progress on renewable energy, low-carbon alternatives, and increased energy efficiency, much of the potential in this area remains unrealized, including opportunities for greater U.S.-India collaboration.

This interview was originally published by The National Bureau of Asian Research.

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3 Ways the US and China Can Work Together for Responsible Shale Gas Development

As China pursues shale gas exploration and development, it could draw some lessons—both positive and negative—from the experience in the United States. Indeed, it is in both countries’ interest that their businesses and governments collaborate to ensure that when and where shale gas is developed, it is done responsibly.

In order to pursue shale gas development responsibly, three issues are emerging as potential hotspots for U.S.-China collaboration—environmentally smart development, energy security, and economy.

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New Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles Are a “Win-Win-Win”

Last week, President Obama directed his administration to set new fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including large pick-up trucks, school buses, and tractors. Improving fuel efficiency standards from these vehicles—which make up 20 percent of U.S. transport emissions—can not only rein in emissions, it can help consumers save money at the gas pump.

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Blue-Green Opportunities: Energy Efficiency and Jobs Impacts in the U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence

U.S. manufacturing—and the jobs that go with it—have been steadily increasing since 2010.

The future of U.S. manufacturing jobs is not set in stone—it will be highly influenced by company investments and new policies. As policymakers, private companies, and industry stakeholders turn their attention to the ongoing resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, policy and private sector programs are available to generate the Good Jobs, Green Jobs needed to sustain American prosperity.

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