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WASHINGTON (June 11, 2014)— World Resources Institute (WRI) announced today that Pascal Canfin will join the institute as a Senior Advisor for International Climate Affairs on July 1st. Canfin will contribute to the Institute’s work to secure an effective and ambitious international climate agreement. He will focus on the development of creative solutions to the challenging issues that countries will be addressing in the lead-up to the UNFCCC climate negotiations in Paris in 2015.

Demystifying Transit-Oriented Development

To help city leaders shift to a planning paradigm that creates more compact neighborhoods and sustainable cities, EMBARQ has released a Transit-oriented Development Guide for Urban Communities.

The guide combines best practices from existing communities and design guidelines for creating healthy, sustainable, people-oriented cities.

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The History of Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from human activities are now higher than at any point in our history. In fact, recent data reveals that global CO₂ emissions were 150 times higher in 2011 than they were in 1850.

How did we arrive at such an unprecedented—and precarious—state? Read on for a visual history of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.

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CAIT - U.S. States Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The CAIT 2.0 U.S. State GHG emissions collection applies a consistent methodology to create a six-gas, multi-sector, and comparable data set for all U.S. states. CAIT 2.0 enables data analysis by allowing users to quickly narrow down by year, gas, state, and sector.

CAIT - Country Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data

The CAIT 2.0 Country GHG emissions collection applies a consistent methodology to create a six-gas, multi-sector, and internationally comparable data set for 186 countries. CAIT 2.0 enables data analysis by allowing users to quickly narrow down by year, gas, country/state, and sector.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama presented his priorities for 2014, including the next steps to implement the Climate Action Plan.

Tonight, President Obama said that he would direct his administration to enact new emissions standards on existing power plants. He called for greater urgency to tackle climate change and asserted: "The debate is settled. Climate change is a fact."

Following is a statement by Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute:

Today the European Commission announced a climate and energy package for European Union (EU) heads of state to consider, which includes a domestic 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (below 1990 levels), a binding target of at least 27 percent renewable energy across the EU, and measures to improve the functioning of the Emissions Trading System.

5 Big Energy Stories of 2013

Manish Bapna highlights five standout climate and energy stories of 2013, which point to signs that some businesses, consumers, and governments are moving toward a growing understanding of the risks of climate change. The question is whether this heightened awareness will shift a global course quickly enough to reduce negative climate impacts. This blog post was originally published at Forbes.

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