This Friday, young people in the United States are joining with the global youth climate movement to go on strike to demand that adults act responsibly to protect their future. They also want adults to join the strike in solidarity.
The Business Roundtable's new "Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation" received a lot of positive press. That's surprising, because its take on corporate sustainability is insufficient and outdated.
Most communities overlook a critical tool in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions: trees. One of the reasons is that they don’t know how to account for forests and trees in their emissions inventories.
The United States used more energy in 2018 than ever before. While clean energy powered some of it, 80% came from fossil fuels.
When it comes to climate change, producing more oil seems counterproductive. But a technology called "direct air capture," by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, can lower emissions from oil until the day we get off fossil fuels.
More and more companies and cities are setting 100% renewable energy goals. But how and when these customers use the electricity they buy also matters. Here are five other things large energy buyers can do to help green the U.S. electric grid.
Renewable energy is on the rise across the U.S., and state-level policies are instrumental. Already in 2019, 10 states have passed policies that promote renewable energy development. Here are four recent wins in states emerging as new leaders in clean energy.
The Green New Deal has inspired activism and debate, but not much action on Capitol Hill so far. That hasn't stopped states, cities and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico from taking bold steps now.
Today over 300 companies launched the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance as a new membership organization, the largest group of clean energy buyers in the United States. Read a statement from Jennifer Layke, Global Directer of the Energy Program, World Resources Institute.
More than 700 coastal areas are affected by algal growth and dead zones, despite a growing number of global agreements to reduce water pollution.
Many cities have set renewable energy goals. Some are achieving them through innovative ways, such as legislation, banding together to pool their buying power, partnering with utilities and community solar programs.
This technical note provides the methodology behind the State Overview online resource, part of the American Cities Climate Challenge: Renewables Accelerator website, which encapsulates webpages for 50 states and DC, displaying regulatory and market information as well as procurement option-specific state policies.
Water quality trading can spur more cost-effective reductions of pollution. But they're most effective when they have a strong driver, like a cap, and the new memo isn't as instructive as it could be on that front.
The United States still doesn't give any money to the world's largest climate fund. But things are looking up, with big contributions to the Global Environment Facility, the Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund and the multilateral development banks.
Statement from Dan Lashof, Director, WRI US, following Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduction of the Green New Deal.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) are reportedly teaming up on a Green New Deal proposal.There are five questions legislators will need to consider before developing a zero-carbon economy plan.
WRI's Better Buying Lab researches ways to get more people to eat plant-based foods. One early finding: Changing the name of one Panera soup from "low-fat vegetarian black bean" to "Cuban black bean" boosted sales by 13 percent.
The latest scientific research shows how a melting Arctic could be contributing to extreme winter weather.
Lori Bird, Director of U.S. Energy at WRI, sits down with WRI Vice President for Communications Lawrence MacDonald to talk about the tech (batteries and rooftop solar), policy (net metering and RPS), movements and politics that are powering the renewables surge in the United States.
Even as climate negotiators in Poland laughed at the U.S. administration's promotion of fossil fuels, activists rallied for a Green New Deal in Washington. What they want is congressional support for climate action that would be embedded in the broader U.S. agenda of economic reform, public investment, job creation and social justice.