This paper examines how policies and technologies will impact China’s non-CO2 GHG emissions under various scenarios. The analysis shows that China’s policy development since 2015 has led to a significantly lower non-CO2 GHG emissions trajectory than expected under policies as of 2015 and there is significant potential to further reduce non-CO2 GHG emissions.
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This document synthesizes key insights and entry points to address air pollution and its range of environmental, public health, and socioeconomic impacts from a multi-stakeholder workshop hosted by WRI and partners.
Short-lived climate pollutants like hydrofluorocarbons, black carbon and methane aren't as well-known as carbon dioxide. But they have a powerful impact on the climate and on human health, and more countries need to develop plans to cut their emissions.
Every day, billions of people breathe dirty air. Join activists on the frontlines of the fight against pollution around the world as they share insights from their local clean-up efforts, innovative solutions to improving air quality and more.
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Join expert speakers from UNEP Regional Office for North America, The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health and WRI for a conversation on how transparent, accountable governance can accelerate cleanup efforts around the world.
Besides the cost to human health, the pollution's environmental impacts make China's fourth-largest city less attractive to corporate investment.
This report and its associated tool introduce a simple, macro-level methodology framework for transport emissions inventory and social cost evaluation.
Four Chinese cities are pursuing systems that turn "sludge," the organic matter left over from treated sewage, into energy. The systems can reduce emissions, energy consumption and water pollution all while saving money.
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.
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Solving the challenges of air and water pollution will require more than the adoption of top-down solutions or greener technology. It will require countries to address key governance challenges, like inaccessible information and a lack of public participation.
Large trucks and airplanes account for about one-third of total U.S. transportation emissions. WRI analysis shows that setting strong efficiency standards for these sectors could deliver at least 6 percent of the total reductions the United States needs to meet its goal of reducing total emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
Indonesia's parliament recently approved an agreement to reduce haze pollution from land and forest fires.
Ratification of the law—originally signed 12 years ago—comes not a moment too soon: Fires are currently flaring across southern Sumatra and West and Central Kalimantan, jeopardizing Indonesia’s forests and the communities and wildlife that call these regions home.
City leaders will have a key role at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, which brings together heads of state, mayors, business leaders and civil society representatives to work toward an international agenda to tackle climate change and build resilience.
To help city leaders shift to a planning paradigm that creates more compact neighborhoods and sustainable cities, EMBARQ has released a Transit-oriented Development Guide for Urban Communities.
The guide combines best practices from existing communities and design guidelines for creating healthy, sustainable, people-oriented cities.