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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.

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The Fourth National Climate Assessment report, from the U.S. government’s Global Change Research Program, was just released. The report, prepared with the support and approval of 13 federal agencies, and with input from hundreds of government and non-governmental experts, provides an comprehensive look at how climate change will impact the United States. Read a statement by Dan Lashof, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute.

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Electric car sales hit U.S. records this year, with almost 66,000 sold just in July and August, more than double the number sold during the same period in 2017. Media campaigns can help spur this growing demand, but in the absence of federal leadership, automakers need to step up to support this low-emissions mode of transport.

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This week's Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco aims to highlight bright spots and spur momentum on international climate action. And, to be sure, bright spots can be seen—you just need to know where to look for them.


Sustainable investing is the new black: essential, ubiquitous and a subject of forward-looking discussion. But this is no passing fashion. What was once a niche investment approach is becoming mainstream, and WRI is learning the nitty-gritty of it through its own endowment journey.


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