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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

WRI's 2020 GHG Commitments

2020 GHG reduction targets set across WRI's operations (based on 2010 baseline)

Sam Adams

Director, U.S. Climate Initiative

Sam is the former Mayor of Portland, Oregon. As director of WRI’s U.S. Climate Initiative Adams leads WRI’s efforts to analyze and develop new policies, build political will and support coalitions...

Tom Witt

Climate Data Innovation Intern

Tom is the Climate Data Innovation Intern in the Climate Program, scoping out new innovative data products and tools that keep the World Resources Institute on the cutting edge of policy relevant...

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