New WRI analysis examines the vital role building efficiency can play in shaping sustainable cities of the future. When done right, energy-efficient buildings can generate several social, environmental and economic benefits.
The Coalition for Urban Transitions is one of the first international initiatives to examine the economics of sustainable cities. The Coalition will put urban infrastructure investment where it belongs—at the heart of national economic development planning.
Food loss and waste costs the world about $940 billion a year. But if countries and companies set reduction goals, accurately measured their waste, and took action, we could significantly cut these losses.
Putting a Price on Carbon: Ensuring Equity finds that the revenues from a carbon price can be used to address regional disparities and ensure that unfair burdens are not imposed on households that cannot afford them. By using just a small portion of carbon pricing revenue to...
More than 20 countries have "decoupled" their carbon emissions from GDP, showing that economies can grow while shifting to a low-carbon pathway. Nate Aden explains.
The landmark Paris Agreement on climate change came under tough scrutiny from members of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, but Dr. Andrew Steer said a clean energy economy would "create hundreds of thousands of more jobs, increase GDP and save families money on energy bills."
If we want the public to understand whether the billions of dollars spent on fuel subsidies are the best use of their taxes, we need better, more transparent data on how much countries are spending.
Coal production and power generation has driven Ningxia’s economy over the past decade. However, as an extremely thirsty industry, coal has put more stress on the area’s water supply and heightened competition with other users, including farms and households. A WRI working paper recommends developing a coordinated system to ensure sustainable development of water and economy in Ningxia.
Como o sétimo maior emissor de gases do efeito estufa, o Brasil tem as ferramentas e políticas necessárias para assumir a liderança no combate contra as mudanças climáticas. Esta oportunidade chega em um momento crucial para o país: seu plano nacional do clima - Contribuições Pretendidas Nacionalmente Determinadas (INDC, da sigla em inglês) – deve ser apresentado daqui há alguns dias como parte das negociações climáticas globais, quando uma crise econômica, seca e incerteza energética afetam suas decisões domésticas.
Brazil, the world’s seventh-biggest greenhouse gas emitter, has the relevant tools and policies it needs to become a leader in the fight to deal with climate change. This opportunity comes at a pivotal time for Brazil: its national climate plan—its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)—should be submitted within days as part of global climate negotiations, while a national economic crisis, drought and energy uncertainty inform Brazil’s decisions at home.