Today the United States Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a proposal that would freeze vehicle fuel economy standards at 2020 levels and revoke California’s authority to issue its own standards for vehicle emissions, including zero emission vehicle sales requirements.
In a new podcast, we hear from Rafe Pomerance, formerly of WRI and a key source for an issue-length article in the New York Times Magazine on the earliest stages of climate policy: "Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Solved Climate Change."
China will adhere to its commitments under the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is on track to exceed key targets early, despite the U.S. administration’s intention to withdraw from the historic climate pact, a senior Chinese climate expert said after a meeting between U.S. and Chinese policy experts in San Francisco.
WRI experts take a field trip to learn from the US Forest Service, learning three lessons for the global restoration movement: support biodiversity, spread the wealth locally and be adaptable.
Today Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo introduced the Market Choice Act, co-sponsored by Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). The legislation would charge for carbon emissions from fuel combustion and large industrial sources.
Congressman Curbelo's Market Choice Act, which would charge for carbon emissions from fuel combustion and large industrial sources, could bring U.S. greenhouse gas emissions down 27 to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, with minimal effect on GDP and benefits for the lowest-income households.
In his first Insights post as Director, WRI United States, Dan Lashof focuses on some good news from California: a comprehensive suite of climate policies helped the Golden State meet its 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions four years early, while California's economy grew.
WRI will host a public briefing featuring senior Chinese and U.S. participants on China-US climate and energy cooperation among national and non-federal actors on Tuesday, July 17 in San Francisco.
Statement from Dan Lashof, Director, WRI United States following Scott Pruitt's resignation as the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
On June 26, Kevin Kennedy testified before the Subcommittee on Energy (under the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce) during a hearing entitled “The Shifting Geopolitics of Oil and Gas.”
New WRI research explores how the United States can design a carbon tax that improves the economy and achieves emissions-reduction goals.
This issue brief provides insight on how incorporating emissions target mechanism into a strong national carbon tax can help ensure the intended emission reductions are delivered. It is part of a series of WRI research devoted to designing a national carbon price in the United States.
DNA evidence often implicates violent criminals. Now it can do the same for poachers harvesting wood from protected forests.
President Trump announced one year ago that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement. Meanwhile, other countries and U.S. states, cities and businesses have moved forward with climate action.
The world needs to double its global rate of improvement in energy efficiency. To get there will require a massive effort—and right now, the United States is lagging behind.
Big buyers of electricity have keyed in on a single metric, but a more holistic understanding of leadership can unlock creative ways to accelerate the renewables revolution.
China's tariff on U.S. soy could drive production to South America. Without precautions, deforestation could follow.
This working paper explores RNG’s potential as a climate-change strategy in the U.S., including the conditions under which it can achieve large greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions compared to fossil fuels used to power vehicles.
The 2018 United States budget poses some complications for climate finance. It will take time for its implications to be clear—here's what to watch.
Many databases cover the world's physical water resources, but none give a global picture of water management and policy. Since companies already track water management where they have operations, a crowdsourced approach relying on their input could spin up the database quickly.