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New Pilot Program Aims to Expand Energy Efficiency in Chinese Cities

  • Cities
  • energy efficiency
  • low carbon development
Retrofitting public buildings to be more energy efficient is an important step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in China. Photo by Brendan Corey Benson/Flickr.
  • Cities
  • energy efficiency
  • low carbon development
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Globalizing Sustainable Development

  • Equity & Governance
  • Finance
  • climate change
  • Food
  • poverty
  • health
  • low carbon development
  • sustainable development goals
Today’s challenges go beyond health, food, and education. Photo by Gates Foundation/Flickr
  • Equity & Governance
  • Finance
  • climate change
  • Food
  • poverty
  • health
  • low carbon development
  • sustainable development goals

As Obama and Modi Meet, 4 Opportunities for US-India Action on Clean Energy and Climate

  • Climate
  • Energy
  • Climate Resilience
  • climate change
  • low carbon development
  • renewable energy
  • U.S. policy
India's goal is to increase solar power to 100 gigawatts by 2022. Photo by Abbie Trayler-Smith/DFID
  • Climate
  • Energy
  • Climate Resilience
  • climate change
  • low carbon development
  • renewable energy
  • U.S. policy

6 Stories to Watch in 2015: Global Climate Deal, Sustainable Development Goals, Rising Water Risks and More

  • Finance
  • Climate
  • Energy
  • Forests
  • Freshwater
  • Cities
  • Business
  • Aqueduct
  • climate change
  • international climate policy
  • low carbon development
  • sustainable development goals
  • UNFCCC
  • United Nations
  • U.S. policy
  • water risk
  • stories to watch
Andrew Steer presented 2015's Stories to Watch before a packed house at the Press Club in Washington, D.C. Photo by Bill Dugan/WRI
  • Finance
  • Climate
  • Energy
  • Forests
  • Freshwater
  • Cities
  • Business
  • Aqueduct
  • climate change
  • international climate policy
  • low carbon development
  • sustainable development goals
  • UNFCCC
  • United Nations
  • U.S. policy
  • water risk
  • stories to watch
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“We Have to Get Urbanization Right”: Q&A with Felipe Calderón on Cities in the New Climate Economy

  • Economics
  • public transit
  • Cities
  • climate change
  • low carbon development
  • transportation
More than 180 cities have implemented bus rapid transit (BRT) systems. Photo by wyllepoon/FLICKR
  • Economics
  • public transit
  • Cities
  • climate change
  • low carbon development
  • transportation
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COP20 Lays the Groundwork for Paris Climate Pact: 7 Key Developments

  • Finance
  • International Climate Action
  • Energy
  • Forests
  • Cities
  • COP20
  • deforestation
  • restoration
  • Climate
  • Paris Agreement
  • climate finance
  • climate change
  • Equity & Governance
  • GHG emissions
  • international climate policy
  • low carbon development
  • UNFCCC
Participants at December 2014 international climate conference in Lima
  • Finance
  • International Climate Action
  • Energy
  • Forests
  • Cities
  • COP20
  • deforestation
  • restoration
  • Climate
  • Paris Agreement
  • climate finance
  • climate change
  • Equity & Governance
  • GHG emissions
  • international climate policy
  • low carbon development
  • UNFCCC
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Quick Perspective on UN Secretary-General’s Vision for a Post-2015 Agenda

  • Equity & Governance
  • Finance
  • climate change
  • development
  • human rights
  • climate science
  • poverty
  • low carbon development
  • sustainable development goals
  • United Nations
Photo by UNDP via OXFAM/Flickr.
  • Equity & Governance
  • Finance
  • climate change
  • development
  • human rights
  • climate science
  • poverty
  • low carbon development
  • sustainable development goals
  • United Nations

3 Promising Pathways to Finance Sustainable Cities

  • Cities
  • Finance
  • climate finance
  • COP20
  • low carbon development
  • multilateral development banks
  • Paris Agreement
  • transportation
Leaders at COP20 can explore a range of sources for financing low-carbon urban development including multilateral investment banks, private investors, and innovative initatives like the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions or climate-themed bonds. (Mexico City, Mexico) Photo by Boris G/Flickr.
  • Cities
  • Finance
  • climate finance
  • COP20
  • low carbon development
  • multilateral development banks
  • Paris Agreement
  • transportation
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India’s Energy Moment: Ready for a Low-Carbon Future?

  • Energy
  • GHG emissions
  • low carbon development
  • renewable energy
Solar panels in Tinginaput, India. Photo by Abbie Trayler-Smith (DFID)/Flickr.
  • Energy
  • GHG emissions
  • low carbon development
  • renewable energy
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5 Reasons to Be Optimistic About Sustainable Urban Mobility

  • Cities
  • low carbon development
  • transportation
  • Urban Development
Rapid urbanization creates a number challenges for city leaders, but the growing use of sustainable urban mobility solutions provides reasons for optimism in cities worldwide. (Beijing, China) Photo by Benoit Colin/WRI
  • Cities
  • low carbon development
  • transportation
  • Urban Development
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  • Urban Development

Seeing U.S. Business Opportunity in a Low-Carbon Economy

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • low carbon development
A growing body of evidence indicates we don’t have to choose between improving economic performance and reducing climate risk  Photo credit: CGP Grey/Flickr
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • low carbon development

3 Reasons Small Businesses Must Play a Large Role in Climate Change Resilience

  • Climate
  • Business
  • Climate Resilience
  • climate change
  • low carbon development
Farmers in Cambodia are threatened by the impacts of climate change. Photo credit: Asladhrra, Flickr
  • Climate
  • Business
  • Climate Resilience
  • climate change
  • low carbon development
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Climate Summit: Creating Better and More Sustainable Cities

  • International Climate Action
  • Cities
  • Climate
  • Paris Agreement
  • climate change
  • low carbon development
  • Urban Development
Beijing bicyclists. Photo Credit: Rich Bee/Flickr
  • International Climate Action
  • Cities
  • Climate
  • Paris Agreement
  • climate change
  • low carbon development
  • Urban Development
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Transport Sector Key to Closing the World’s Emissions Gap

  • International Climate Action
  • Cities
  • Climate
  • GHG emissions
  • low carbon development
  • transportation
Beijing bicyclists. Photo Credit: Derrick Story/Flickr
  • International Climate Action
  • Cities
  • Climate
  • GHG emissions
  • low carbon development
  • transportation
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Towards A New Global Development Agenda: 5 Key Questions

  • Equity & Governance
  • Paris Agreement
  • climate change
  • development
  • poverty
  • low carbon development
  • sustainable development goals
  • Equity & Governance
  • Paris Agreement
  • climate change
  • development
  • poverty
  • low carbon development
  • sustainable development goals

Why Community Land Rights Belong in the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Equity & Governance
  • International Climate Action
  • land rights
  • low carbon development
  • sustainable development goals
  • United Nations
The proposed Sustainable Development Goals leave out a critical component of improving rural livelihoods—securing community land rights. Photo credit: Jane Boles, Flickr
  • Equity & Governance
  • International Climate Action
  • land rights
  • low carbon development
  • sustainable development goals
  • United Nations
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People-Oriented Cities: Mixed-Use Development Creates Social and Economic Benefits

  • public transit
  • low carbon development
  • transportation
Mixed-use development combined with pedestrianization on Mexico City’s Calle Madero promotes sustainable, prosperous communities. Photo Credit: Julius Reque/Flickr.
  • public transit
  • low carbon development
  • transportation

To Maracanã and Beyond: World Cup Brings Sustainable Transport Benefits to Brazil

  • Urban Mobility
  • public transit
  • Cities
  • low carbon development
Although Brazilian cities have received criticism for short-sighted World Cup infrastructure, examples like Belo Horizonte's MOVE bus rapid transit (BRT) will generate benefits long after the final whistle blows. Photo Credit: Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil.
  • Urban Mobility
  • public transit
  • Cities
  • low carbon development