Data is more than graphs, spreadsheets and computer models. As experts at the recent Eye on Earth Summit noted, when in the right format and right hands, data can reduce air pollution, halt deforestation and create new protected areas for threatened species.
Even for those of us who work on climate change every day, last week was one of the most inspiring events in a long time.
The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals aim to eradicate poverty and spur economic growth while respecting planetary boundaries. Now world leaders face the difficult task of putting them into action.
Pope Francis’s first visit to the United States marks a spiritual moment that brings an intense focus to the world’s neediest. His arrival comes just as the new Sustainable Development Goals are about to be formalized and three months before the world is expected to unite around a global climate agreement in Paris. This trio of events may signal a profound shift for people and the planet.
Let's put it this way: If food loss and waste were its own country, it would be the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter, exceeded only by China and the United States.
Sustainable Development Goal 15 aims to improve the management of forests, combat desertification, reverse land degradation and preserve biodiversity. It recognizes that poverty reduction, healthy land and vibrant ecosystems all go together.
It is impossible to succeed in today's economy without access to energy. But for an estimated 1.3 billion people, mostly in the developing world, electric power is still out of reach. Even among those with energy access, many still face unreliable service and regular blackouts. This is why it is so important that we push for Goal 7 of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals: "ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all."
The unveiling of the Sustainable Development Goals next week will be a milestone moment for our collective future. Peter Hazlewood and Mathilde Bouyè explain how the SDGs can be truly transformative.
Vice President of Communications Lawrence MacDonald explores Indonesia's sustainability challenges, and how WRI Indonesia can play a role in overcoming them.
The conventional wisdom that addressing climate change will cost money, jobs and growth is being well and truly debunked, says WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer. Next week's Climate Week NYC and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit illustrates this in spades.
Colombia’s new climate plan adopts a national, economy-wide emissions reduction target for the first time, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent below projected business-as-usual emissions by 2030.
The Action Agenda approved in Addis Ababa last week offers the right vision for a global shift towards a low-carbon, inclusive global economy.
The new Sustainable Development Goals, set to be finalized this September, pose a challenge: How do we make sure that all of those responsible follow through on them? In a voluntary agenda, how do we inject accountability?
EPA General Counsel Avi Garbow, renowned environmental attorney Rizwana Hasan and others explained at a recent event why citizens' rights to information, public participation and justice are critical for sustainable development.
Nitin Pandit, CEO of WRI India, explains how limiting urban sprawl, investing in natural infrastructure and scaling up clean energy can create a better future for India.
China nearly doubled its number of cars from 2008 to 2010. Beijing and Shanghai are pioneering new strategies to reduce vehicle travel and create safer, more sustainable cities.
The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and other new multilaterals are becoming an important part of the development finance landscape. How they answer these five questions will have far-reaching implications.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF), expected to become the main vehicle for securing and distributing finance, moved one step closer to disbursing funds this week. Its resources will support a range of activities that reduce emissions or foster resilience—such as installing renewable energy, helping farmers grow drought-resistant crops and reducing deforestation.
Many places around the world have no idea how much groundwater and surface water they have, let alone how much they can use sustainably. The United Nation's proposed Sustainable Development Goals, however, could transform the way governments understand and manage scarce water resources.