Forests everywhere alter the movement, quality and availability of water. The world’s urban leaders need to account for the role of forests in securing clean water for residents and the agricultural lands that cities rely on.
This virtual event will highlight the latest research and practice from Cities4Forests, an initiative led by more than 60 cities around the world, to better conserve, manage, and restore forests and other natural infrastructure. The event will showcase city leadership from Medellín, Colombia which has implemented an award-winning Green Corridors program.
75 years ago, the United Nations was founded on the belief that countries must work together to address global issues. As the world faces climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, some national governments are living up to this belief more than others — but crucial actors may be able to turn the tide.
Join us for the launch of a new report, The Economic Case for Greening the Global Recovery through Cities, to discover the priority areas for urban investment by national governments. These investments have the potential to yield substantial economic dividends, create millions of jobs, and deliver quick, durable, and inclusive economic, health, and environmental outcomes.
For years, city governments in the United States have taken the lead on committing to climate action. More recently, many cities have also stepped up to addressing the related issue of structural racism. Will these ambitious goals translate into ambitious action?
This technical note describes the methods and data used to quantify the greenhouse gas mitigation effect of a global network of cities achieving stated climate targets.
The coronavirus pandemic has compounded highly unequal development in Latin America's cities. Investing in infrastructure and public services for marginalized areas can help the region build back better.
Supporting sustainable forestry, reducing deforestation and reimagining an iconic New York City landmark are central to our Brooklyn Bridge Forest proposal.
Worldwide, cities are struggling to plan and finance climate-appropriate infrastructure. Inter-department collaboration and nature-based solutions could be the key to addressing both issues simultaneously.
This technical note outlines the methodology behind the Local Government Renewables Action Tracker, an interactive web tool that presents a compilation of the renewable electricity transactions and advocacy efforts that have been completed by U.S. cities, counties, municipal utilities and community choice aggregations since 2015.
The Local Government Renewables Action Tracker reveals the impact that U.S. cities and counties can have on national clean energy trends, climate change and GHG emissions.
Air pollution has dropped around the world as a result of COVID-19, but it has not disappeared and the crisis has also shown the long tail of related health risks, as respiratory illnesses have made thousands more vulnerable to complications from the disease. Without setting ourselves on a new trajectory, we risk facing dirtier air and more vulnerable populations in the future.
Big data on mobility, emissions and more can help us not only understand the coronavirus crisis and get back to normal, but create a new, better normal.
Cities are at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic and will likely see lasting changes from it, from their physical form to economic and community structure. Experts from WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and key organizations discuss challenges ahead and the way forward.
As governments consider long-term economic recovery, investment in public transport can contribute to a broad range of environmental, social and health benefits.
Channeling tech-based disruptions in urban transport to create joyful cities where sustainable and just mobility is the new normal
The COVID-19 pandemic lays bare two facets of our new reality: we are more interconnected than ever, and cities are at the front lines of this crisis and will be at the front lines of any similarly globalized crisis in the future. Cities are already in adaptation mode.
International consensus on cross-border environmental issues has been hard to come by, but a 40-year-old air pollution treaty has enjoyed great if largely unsung success, leading to cleaner air, healthier forests and the prevention of hundreds of thousands of premature deaths.
For cities, adapting to climate change doesn't just mean building more things. Good climate adaptation means including and engaging poor and marginalized communities.