Can the world economy keep growing at its current rapid pace while radically shrinking our global ecological footprint? With transformational changes in almost all spheres of economic and social life, it can -- but so far, those changes aren't happening on a large-enough scale to make the transition.
Climate, Energy & Transport
Now that the ground-breaking Paris Agreement on climate change has entered into force, how do countries make good on their national commitments to tackle this global threat? Such a monumental task will take more than a business-as-usual approach.
Less than a year after the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, the world is gathering in Marrakech to take up the next challenge: charting a course to take the vision from Paris and bring it fully to life. Here are four key issues to watch at COP22.
President Barack Obama has done more to address climate impacts than any of his predecessors, notably in his administration's Climate Action Plan announced in 2013. A key pillar was enhancing resilience to the impacts of a changing climate.
Welcome to the Anthropocene, an era built on centuries of economic growth, In the 50 years before this new age, the human economic footprint grew faster in terms of GDP than at any time in recorded history. By the year 2100, it could grow to Bigfoot proportions, severely straining the global commons we all depend upon. Now it's time to tame Bigfoot. Andrew Steer explains.
The Habitat III conference next week will see more than 45,000 leaders, decision-makers and experts sign into force the New Urban Agenda for sustainable cities. But the Agenda and the Habitat process don't stand alone -- going forward, they will be part of intensified efforts to achieve sustainable, equal development and combat climate change.
Making transport sustainable for all city residents is a prominent part of the New Urban Agenda, the outcome document of the Habitat III conference. Making that vision a reality presents challenges to city leaders who struggle to address the immediate need to move people from homes to jobs with limited resources.
Indigenous Peoples and other communities hold and manage 50 to 60 percent of the world's land, yet governments recognize only 10 percent as legally belonging to these groups. That's bad economic policy, shows a new WRI report.
In the fight to avert runaway climate change, no country is more important than China, and nowhere in China is more important than its booming cities. A recent visit to China offered a first-hand look at how WRI China is working with partners in Beijing, Chengdu, Qingdao and other cities to advance solutions that cut emissions while improving people's lives.
With the world now on the verge of crossing the thresholds for the Paris Agreement to enter into force, it’s time to start considering what comes next.