India’s clean energy push will generate more than 330,000 full-time jobs over the next five years. Can Renewable Energy Jobs Help Reduce Poverty in India? finds that many of these jobs can provide steady incomes, healthcare benefits and skill-building opportunities for unskilled and semi-skilled workers. For India’s rural poor, especially women, clean energy jobs offer an alternative to subsistence farming. But decision-makers, from government officials to private sector leaders, must act to maximize poverty reduction impacts.
The decisions each country, business and investor makes today will directly impact global climate and development goals. Do it right and we can feed 9 billion people, provide clean electricity for all and grow the economy while protecting the environment.
WRI is honoring Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, and Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM, at its 2017 Courage to Lead dinner, an event recognizing bold leadership that confronts pressing environment and human development challenges.
Devastating floods in South Asia and Texas, storms in the Caribbean and fires in the American West foreshadow a perilous tomorrow if we don't tackle climate change today. Because in a very real sense, 2050 is now.
WRI researchers analyzed energy supply investments from the World Bank, International Finance Corporation and Asian Development Bank. While only 3 percent of this financing is misaligned with the goal of limiting temperature rise to 2⁰C, about half fell into a “conditional” category; its alignment with a low-carbon future depends on how projects are designed.
At a recent forum, leaders discussed the future of the Belt and Road Initiative, China'as massive infrastructure plan. Will it develop projects that protect the health and prosperity of its people in years to come, or put them and the global environment in jeopardy?
More than 800 decision-makers, innovators, entrepreneurs and citizens recently gathered to answer a vexing question: How can the world meet the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030? Four answers emerged.
Electricity planners often confront the energy access gap by increasing supply, without considering how consumers actually use and pay for electricity. Creating a lasting solution is actually far more complicated.
This paper proposes an approach to scaling electricity access that aims not only to provide electricity services to unserved or underserved populations but to ensure that those services are appropriately matched to people’s development needs.
More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity; 71 million in Kenya and Tanzania alone. Rentable solar systems can provide a safe, affordable solution, but they haven't taken off – yet.
Amplifying vulnerable communities’ voices in adaptation decision-making to advance effective, equitable and resilient urban development
The G20 Hamburg Summit in July will be the first time that President Trump meets fellow G20 leaders in a group setting. The newly released summit agenda is a reminder that the new president’s campaign promises and early appointments could put him at odds with prior G20 commitments.
Can the world economy keep growing at its current rapid pace while radically shrinking our global ecological footprint? With transformational changes in almost all spheres of economic and social life, it can -- but so far, those changes aren't happening on a large-enough scale to make the transition.
Last week, 30,000 people gathered in Quito for Habitat III to adopt the New Urban Agenda, an influential vision for cities aimed at guiding national decision-making over the next 20 years while supporting the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Going forward, what does the Quito meeting mean for urban leaders?
Developed countries today released a roadmap for how they will meet their commitment to mobilize $100 billion of climate finance per year by 2020 to support developing countries. The roadmap projects that public climate finance will reach $67 billion by 2020.
When delegates gather in Quito for Habitat III to adopt the New Urban Agenda for sustainable cities, they should keep in mind people like Adelaida, a banker and mother in Accra, Ghana, where unreliable, expensive electricity is a challenge. As a forthcoming paper of the World Resources Report shows, ensuring access to affordable energy and the economic opportunity it brings will be essential for a sustainable, prosperous urban future.
Delivering on the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals will be hugely challenging, but new WRI analysis finds there is much greater alignment between these two agendas than we may realize.
WRI’s new working paper explores the extent of alignment between climate actions communicated in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) under the Paris Agreement and the 2030 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A G20 communique on green finance and new national guidelines on greening China's financial system could help shift investments from high-carbon to low-carbon sectors.
Nearly a year ago at the United Nations, world leaders endorsed the Sustainable Development Goals aimed at putting the world economy on a sustainable track. In July, much more quietly, the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development convened at the UN to help make this promise a reality.