This fact sheet examines how Illinois can use its existing policies and infrastructure to meet its emission standards under the Clean Power Plan while minimizing compliance costs, ensuring reliability, and harnessing economic opportunities.
Pricing carbon emissions is an efficient and affordable way for the United States to address climate change. However, increasing the cost of carbon intensive products and services will not impact all Americans equally.
More than 20 countries have "decoupled" their carbon emissions from GDP, showing that economies can grow while shifting to a low-carbon pathway. Nate Aden explains.
As the price of clean power continues to fall, large companies are looking to move beyond just purchasing renewable energy certificates in order to reap the benefits of utility-scale renewable projects. Priya Barua explains how green tariffs can help speed the transition.
On August 3, 2015, EPA finalized standards for existing power plants that will help drive additional CO2 emission reductions by 2030.
A new partnership between the state of Virginia, a local utility and Microsoft shows how states can quickly and affordably bring more renewables online.
Clean energy technology innovation is the key not only to creating a low-carbon global economy, but also to achieving international climate goals.
Trees improve city dwellers' quality of life by reducing smog, preventing erosion, supporting wildlife and sheltering buildings from heat and cold. On International Day of Forests, Sarah Weber looks at how Tokyo, Belfast and Washington, D.C. have integrated trees into their urban landscapes.
Cargill and World Resources Institute today announced a new 2-year partnership to work across value chains to better manage deforestation and water risk. This partnership brings WRI’s cutting-edge tools to the agriculture sector on a global scale.
With the 29-hour closure of Washington, D.C.'s Metro, trust in the city's public transit system is at a low point. But, the shutdown isn’t just bad for the Metro; it has broader impacts for the whole of the city.
A new U.S.-Canada joint will cut methane emissions from oil and gas systems by 40-45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025. It's a big step toward meeting both countries' climate goals—methane is a greenhouse gas 34 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Earlier today the United States and Canada released a joint statement outlining a variety of ways both countries are taking action on climate change and advancing low-carbon energy.
Experts often debate the pros and cons of a carbon tax versus a cap-and-trade system. But WRI research finds that if well-designed, both policies can effectively reduce emissions in the United States.
EPA is continuing to provide states with the tools and support to reduce their power sector emissions, and many states and utilities have said they will continue their plans to comply with the Clean Power Plan despite the recent stay.
New research finds that sea levels increased at a faster rate this past century than any other in nearly 3,000 years. While this is old news to the local elected officials on the front lines of coastal flooding in the United States, the findings will hopefully inspire much-needed action at the federal level.
Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling to pause implementation of the Clean Power Plan will likely only be a temporary time out. Most states are already laying plans to comply—and indeed, it's in their best interest to do so.
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This afternoon, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request to stay the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan sets the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and encourages the development of cleaner energy alternatives.
James Anderson uses the Global Forest Watch platform to analyze forest change in his hometown of Northfield, Minnesota.
Water scarcity challenges industries around the world. Global population growth and economic development suggest a future of increased demand, competition, and cost for limited freshwater supplies. Scarcer water, in turn, creates new challenges for energy supply because coal, oil, gas, and electricity production can require massive amounts of freshwater. Yet many countries will need more energy for energy-intensive water treatment options, like seawater desalination, to meet their growing demand for water. This report illustrates these emerging risks and offers ideas for finding solutions at the water-energy nexus.