In 2008, the United Kingdom became the first country to legislate a long-term climate target. That legislation helped the U.K. cut emissions faster than any other G7 nation since.
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."
The Pope has called for climate action. The Church can add credence to that call by using its own financial muscle, moral suasion and real estate holdings to advance the low-carbon agenda and protect the vulnerable from climate impacts.
Market signals and political will to decarbonize the buildings sector are still missing. But in surprising places, from Mexico to India to Kenya to China, net or nearly-zero-carbon buildings are emerging.
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.
Every month, climate scientists make new discoveries that advance our understanding of climate change's causes and impacts. Research published in June 2018 revealed record flooding in the United States, dying ancient trees, threatened corals and more.
To keep global temperatures below levels that will unleash the most damaging impacts of a changing climate, we need nothing less than the kind of all-out effort that brought about the moonshot of the 20th century. One place to look for inspiration for this effort is India.
Drawing on experience in 11 countries and the European Union, this paper provides core elements and concrete examples for jointly advancing the Sustainable Development Goals and climate actions under the Paris Agreement. Five key challenges are explored: coordinating institutions, aligning national climate and SDG-relevant targets, mainstreaming both set of goals into policy planning, optimizing financial resources, and building mutually reinforcing monitoring and reporting frameworks.
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.
The Niger Delta, lush with waters from Niger River, is a veritable oasis at the edge of the Sahara. It is remote, remarkable and a reminder of the complex interplay between some some of the biggest issues facing Europe and climate change.
Countries should integrate sustainable development into their climate planning.
Recognizing and highlighting the links between climate and security requires data and research. As Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallstrom told a global forum, “We need a robust reporting system, from the field, on climate, water and security threats.”
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.
Catalyzing the fundamental, systemic shifts needed to build resilience in a changing climate
As Cape Town hosts the Adaptation Futures conference, WRI experts highlight actions that nations can take now to prevent devastating losses from climate events.
The ocean contributes $1.5 trillion to the global economy every year. But there's another reason to protect marine ecosystems—they’re crucial for curbing climate change.
WRI’s Tracking and Strengthening Climate Action TASCA initiative provides governments with the tools and resources they need to track the implementation and effects of their climate policies and commitments under the Paris Agreement. Participating countries include Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, and South Africa.