Rising to the Climate Change Challenge
WRI works with governments, businesses and civil society to transition toward a zero-carbon economy where all people can thrive.
The planet is already experiencing unprecedented fires, droughts, floods and other extreme weather. These threats will only intensify as the world continues to warm. The effects of climate change will take the harshest toll on poor and otherwise marginalized communities.
Research shows that the world needs to cut its emissions at least in half by 2030 and reach net-zero by mid-century to prevent the worst effects of climate change. Yet despite this urgency and the massive economic and health benefits of taking climate action, most countries, businesses, states and cities have yet to make the economic and societal shifts required to secure a better future.
Global emissions must drop by half by 2030 to prevent the worst impacts of climate change
Climate impacts are projected to cost the world economy $7.9 trillion by 2050
Climate action can bring $26+ trillion in economic benefits by 2030
new low-carbon jobs could be created in 2030
WRI works with policymakers, businesses, civil society and other decision-makers to adapt to climate impacts and build a zero-carbon future.
Our research evaluates the technical, economic and social benefits of climate action, as well as the costs of inaction. We work with national governments to design ambitious near-term climate plans that align with long-term temperature goals, and help integrate these into economic, sectoral and development plans. We help international policymakers advance climate solutions through negotiations and accords such as the Paris Agreement. We support businesses, civil society, local governments and other non-state actors as they pursue their own emissions-reduction and adaptation goals. We build tools to track global progress on fighting the climate crisis, inform good decision-making and ensure accountability for existing commitments. And we work with thought leaders around the world to accelerate adaptation efforts that will help vulnerable communities build resilience against climate impacts.
Tracking Climate Progress
WRI works to provide national governments, cities and companies with tools and resources to track progress toward their climate goals and strengthen accountability for existing climate commitments
WRI works to help protect the world’s most vulnerable populations from climate impacts and ensure that the transition to a net-zero economy will bring about a more equitable society.