Even in the face of COVID-19, we cannot lose sight of another urgent and looming challenge: climate change. That’s why leading businesses are in support of enacting policies in the short term in order to lay a foundation for bolder action in the long term.
Transitioning to a low-carbon energy system can help Southeast Asia create jobs, improve public health and build back better from COVID-19.
Through the right policies and investments, local governments can expand their electric vehicle fleets, grow their economies and encourage consumers to purchase emissions-free cars.
Climate change doesn't feature prominently in the World Bank's COVID-19 response yet. As countries turn to long-term recovery, the Bank should prioritize environment- and climate-friendly policy lending programs.
As cities recover from COVID-19, smart investments and policies on resilience can create a triple dividend: helping cities boost their economies; improving equity; and preparing communities for inevitable climate and health threats.
The correlation between urban tree cover and income is well-documented in cities around the world, and is often a by-product of historic inequality. However, cities can proactively address inequality, build resilience and improve residents' lives by making green spaces more equitable.
As 2020 began, the question of whether and how countries would strengthen their commitments under the Paris Agreement loomed large, driven by a global youth climate movement and a growing recognition of the urgency to keep temperature change below 1.5 degrees C. The sudden arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic greatly complicated this task, consuming the attention of national leaders and senior officials.
Emerging evidence from this pandemic and experience from previous disease outbreaks show that it’s rural women who will disproportionately bear the socio-economic hardships of COVID-19.
While setting a net-zero target can signal a serious commitment to long-term climate action, several critical design factors determine the rigor of these targets and the extent to which they set a country on a plausible pathway to a net-zero future in accordance with the Paris Agreement.
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.
A new report commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy proposes a roadmap for economic recovery from COVID-19 that utilizes opportunities in the ocean economy and ensures investments help catalyze progress towards a sustainable ocean economy.
While the amount of climate-friendly stimulus spending leaves much to be desired, some countries are making strides toward greening their economic recovery.
Through sector-by-sector evaluation of key trends and drivers, a new report from America's Pledge finds that, despite the unprecedented public health and economic crisis, bottom-up climate action is proving resilient.
Twenty-four of 26 ESG index funds covering both U.S. and global stocks outperformed comparable conventional funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this episode of the “Big Ideas into Action” podcast, we examine how to transition to a sustainable ocean economy and the benefits of doing so.
The COVID-19 crisis has shown how deep inequalities make society as a whole more vulnerable, providing important lessons for building resilience in an era of climate change. In recovery, there are four essential priorities for climate action and social equity.
Renewable energy can create jobs and long-term economic growth. Here are three ways China can remove barriers to bring more wind and solar online.
As the price of gold and other minerals soars, expanded mining in Amazonian countries has damaging impacts on the forest and its people, including the 1.5 million Indigenous People who depend on the Amazon for their livelihoods and well-being.
The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis is likely to push tens of millions of people into poverty -- and this is only a preview of how the climate crisis will threaten human well-being. Yet we have all the means needed to take a better, safer path.
Join a group of prominent representatives from Brazilian government and business, WRI Board members, and WRI Brasil to discuss the recently released report, A New Economy for a New Era: Elements for Building a More Efficient and Resilient Economy in Brazil. We will be discussing how a green COVID-19 recovery could deliver a stronger economy for Brazil at home, and a competitive edge abroad.