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With the U.S. Congress largely silent on the subject of ambitious climate legislation—at least since the 2009 push for a federal cap-and-trade program—the idea of a Green New Deal has stirred attention to climate change like never before.
Lori Bird, Director of U.S. Energy at WRI, sits down with WRI Vice President for Communications Lawrence MacDonald to talk about the tech (batteries and rooftop solar), policy (net metering and RPS), movements and politics that are powering the renewables surge in the United States.
The IPCC's study on limiting warming to 1.5° Celsius makes clear that there are no magic numbers—every tenth of a degree matters when it comes to conserving a livable climate.
Lawrence MacDonald sits down with Christina Chan and Niranjali Amerasinghe, who argue that siloed operations keeping development and climate finance apart could hold back climate adaptation.
Social network analysis has been used in fields as diverse as epidemiology and counterterrorism. Now, WRI experts have devised a guidebook for applying social network analysis to environmental interventions and sustainable development.
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."
There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about the course the oceans are on, but Peter Thomson, U.N. Special Envoy for the Ocean, is optimistic. He joins WRI's Lawrence MacDonald and Kristian Teleki to discuss why a 2017 conference marked a sea change.
In this conversation with Lawrence MacDonald, vice president for communications at WRI, a leading Indian economist discusses the country's prospects for transitioning to a low-carbon, high-efficiency economy, and what the world can learn from their successes.
Sean DeWitt, director of the Global Restoration Initiative, and Miguel Calmon, WRI Brasil director of forests, say forest restoration means this generation can be the first to leave the planet better off than they found it.
Frances Seymour talks about her contributions to setting up a $1 million prize to stir innovation in technology for locating peat, a project WRI Indonesia is overseeing. Indonesia's peatlands are one of the world's premier stocks of carbon, but mapping them remains a stubborn hurdle to their protection.
Daniel Vennard chats about the work of the Better Buying Lab in working with consumers and producers to shift diets towards healthier, more ecologically sound foods.
The Chesapeake Bay is one of America's most treasured waterways, but also one of the most polluted. Experts in this WRI Podcast examine nutrient trading as a potential solution.
WRI energy experts Lily Odarno and Sanjoy Sanyal discuss how advances in data, technology and finance can bring power to the 600 million sub-Saharan Africans lacking access.
In this episode of the WRI Podcast, experts Andrew Light and David Waskow discuss the diplomatic, economic and strategic implications if the United States were to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Listen in on this episode of the WRI Podcast as we speak with Ani Dasgupta, global director of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.
In this episode of the WRI Podcast, we learn about how mayors are leading the fight for climate resiliency, and what they need to succeed.
On the latest edition of the WRI Podcast, we spoke with a Dutch politician leading the charge to make waste a thing of the past.
Our podcast team sat down with Chip Barber and Austin Clowes of the Forest Legality Initiative to learn how to build a sustainable guitar.
The UK reduced its food loss and waste by an impressive 21 percent. In a new podcast, WRI's Liz Goodwin explains what families, companies and governments around the world can learn from the UK's success.