The COVID-19 pandemic illuminates the need to build back better and create resilience to future crises, including the impacts of climate change.
The Republic of Korea has an opportunity to effectively address the COVID-19 crisis, while also becoming a climate leader.
Congress could immediately create millions of good jobs and support state and local governments nationwide by dramatically increasing investment in public transit systems and transportation infrastructure.
Congress could immediately create hundreds of thousands of jobs while advancing a cleaner economy by investing in restoring trees. Jobs on tree planting crews, in nurseries, and as foresters are literally “shovel-ready,” and support the single largest near-term opportunity for carbon dioxide removal at scale in the United States.
Modernizing America’s electric grid infrastructure presents a unique opportunity to not only upgrade decades old infrastructure systems, but also to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the near term and generate sustained, economy-wide benefits over the long term.
Congress could immediately create good jobs while simultaneously advancing a cleaner economy by expanding Electric Vehicle (EV) manufacturing capacity and accelerating the replacement of diesel buses with electric buses.
Congress could immediately create millions of good jobs and provide relief to families struggling to pay energy bills, while simultaneously advancing a cleaner economy by dramatically increasing funding to state energy efficiency and assistance programs. Expanding these programs can support the long backlog of “shovel-ready” projects and put people to work immediately in well-paying jobs.
This year, we aren't celebrating Earth Day in the way we expected to. WRI's President and CEO Andrew Steer reflects on what this day means during a global health and economic crisis, and offers five principles worth committing to.
To rebuild the economy from the coronavirus fallout, the United States must consider low-carbon and resilient investments, including energy retrofits, electric buses and reforestation.
Lessons from the Great Recession show three principles that should help the United States in its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As governments look to help their economies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, stimulus packages should also build resilience to the impacts of climate change.
This paper proposes a framework to calculate the cost required to deliver sustainable water management to a geography. The paper then applies the framework to estimate the costs of delivering sustainable water management for all countries and major basins around the world.
This commentary explores the social and economic benefits that climate action can deliver and uses real world examples to show how these benefits can be used to further equity and ensure a just transition to a new climate economy.
This paper analyses the costs to Pacific countries of illegal trade in marine resources by looking at the loss in gross revenues from unreported catch, the impact across the fish value chain (economic impact), the loss to household incomes (income impact), and the loss in tax revenues (tax impact).
A price on carbon is necessary to reduce emissions, but it is not a silver bullet to keep the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C. Complementary policies will be needed that address market barriers and reduce costs of emissions reductions in coming decades.
Investment in urban measures like efficient appliances, mass transit, walkable cities and more sustainable building materials could garner massive returns, some on relatively short payback periods. And the true scale of benefits goes beyond money: Low-carbon cities are essential to meeting the climate challenge.
In the global battle to rein in greenhouse gas emissions and prevent disasters, most economists agree that a carbon price is a key tool in the toolbox. But what’s less commonly discussed are what policies are needed in addition to a carbon price.
One new finding from the Global Commission on Adaptation: Investing $1.8 trillion globally in adaptation from 2020 to 2030 could generate $7.1 trillion in total net benefits.
Green infrastructure can mitigate most of the world's major water problems, but investment has been held back by lack of certainty about returns. Our new methodology helps lay out how to measure the costs and benefits of green and gray infrastructure projects.
China's central government has turned to regional integration for the country's next stage of economic development, announcing or strengthening mega-region initiatives like the Yangtze River Delta Integration, Greater Bay Area Development and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Integration. If done right, this strategy can also help shift China onto a low-carbon pathway.