President Donald Trump’s approval of a four-year tariff on imported solar panels will raise costs, cut installations, reduce jobs and slow the decline in greenhouse gas emissions. But the economic and environmental benefits of solar power remain strong, and governments, businesses and individuals should act now to lock in a low-carbon future.
While 2017 was a banner year for plant-based eating, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts 2018 will be a year when Americans eat a record amount of meat. There's more to the story: the mix of meats in the U.S. diet has been shifting away from beef and toward chicken for decades.
Providing support for achieving emission reductions and analysis on how leaders can achieve a stronger, cleaner economy
This working paper studies 10 cases from Europe, Asia, and the United States to highlight the variety of social, political, and environmental contexts within which CC and LEZ schemes were planned and implemented. It aims to provide public communication strategies to safeguard successful implementation of transport policies.
U.S. nonfederal leaders who support the Paris Agreement can help support the poorest and most climate-vulnerable populations.
At a time when the Trump administration is abdicating the U.S. position as global climate leader, a growing number of U.S. states, cities and businesses are stepping up their climate action. Here are four areas of climate action opportunity.
How could the Trump administration's rollbacks of climate action policies increase greenhouse gas emissions? And how much might action by states, cities and others counteract such an increase?
New mobility services could improve the lives of all urban inhabitants. This first ever global survey finds that applying three types of new mobility services – electric, on-demand minibuses, subsidized shared rides, and trip-planning and ticketing apps – can make public transport more affordable, accessible and sustainable, if integrated properly.
According to new analysis, more than 2,500 non-federal actors representing more than half the U.S. economy—including cities, counties, states, businesses and more—have pledged their support for the Paris Agreement goals. If these actors were their own country, they’d be the world’s third-largest economy.
A new U.S. government report confirms the well-established science behind climate change: it's real, it's human-caused, it's happening faster than predicted and it poses a tremendous threat to America and the rest of the world.
Active fire alerts produced by NASA and available online at Global Forest Watch Fires show the deadly wildfires whipping across California's wine country are among the worst in the state's history.
The Trump administration's proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan is based on flawed analysis that understates the plan's benefits, part of this administration's unfortunate pattern of dismantling sensible policies and rejecting the underlying science of climate change.
Renewable energy buying programs have made big strides, but new approaches and more outreach are needed to bring additional buyers into the fold.
Like many states, New Jersey has ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve them, the next governor of the Garden State can take a page from a new report.
The US Forest Service has to fight fires with the money meant to prevent tomorrow's, creating a massive budget shortfall for forest restoration. Amid a terrible fire season for the U.S. western states, a new financial instrument can help stakeholders who want to see fires prevented meet that need.
This paper sheds light on the initial long-term strategies that have been submitted to the UNFCCC and identifies key considerations for countries that are preparing to develop such strategies.
Seaside communities from South Asia to the Caribbean have suffered terribly from flooding. Arivudai Nambi Appadurai, India Adaptation Strategy Head for the Climate Resilience Practice and WRI India, distills how they can adapt, with a focus on the dynamics of environmental justice and sustainable development.
Houston is reeling from Hurricane Harvey, and climate change means coastal cities must plan for more. Director Christina Chan of the Climate Resiliency Practice lays out how everyone can prepare, from recommendations for state and local officials to national policies that Congress could support.
The National Climate Assessment is an invaluable tool for policymakers and businesses shielding Americans from the worst impacts of climate change. One of the most comprehensive such studies to date, it affirms what we know about climate science and highlights key dangers to U.S. interests.
U.S. states are major global greenhouse gas emitters, and they have the economic heft and legislative authority to move the United States toward lower emissions and cleaner energy. These six charts show how state emissions compare, how they're changing and what could come next.