Over the coming weeks, our blog series, Lower Emissions, Brighter Economy, will evaluate these opportunities across five key areas—power generation, electricity consumption, passenger vehicles, natural gas systems, and hydrofluorocarbons—which together represent 55 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Satellite measurements have shown evidence that methane emissions from U.S. natural gas production are likely a much larger problem than the EPA or the oil and gas industry acknowledges.
See why major companies are joining together in their commitment to renewable energy, and how they can help scale up renewable energy throughout the corporate sector.
How should countries decide what to put into their national emissions reduction plans, and how should they be evaluated? What should governments, civil society, and the private sector take into account in thinking about the equitability of a country’s actions?
WRI’s new online tool, the CAIT Equity Explorer, aims to help answer these questions.
As more businesses take action on climate change, new research could help accelerate the trend by showing why it’s in U.S. companies’ economic best interests.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. benefits the economy by saving businesses and consumers money and improving public health.
A new study found that reducing emissions can yield significant economic benefits even before you factor in the advantages of avoiding drought, sea level rise, and other climate change impacts.
A growing body of evidence finds that economic growth and tackling climate change can be achieved together. This is changing the way decision-makers think about economic and climate action.
Study by World Resources Institute identifies low-carbon strategies that can capture economic benefits in five key areas
Event features former President of Mexico, business executives, and NGO leaders
Research shows that climate change has been a significant driver of changes in Western U.S. fire activity. Increases in spring and summer temperatures, as well as earlier spring snowmelt, have been strongly linked with longer lasting wildfires and more frequent large wildfires.
Since the late 1950s the United States has observed an increase in heavy precipitation. Warming temperatures due to human-caused climate change has allowed the atmosphere to hold more moisture, which has been a main contributing factor to these increases.
The impacts of climate change are adding to cumulative stressors that threaten human health. Climate-related threats to human health range from more frequent and intense extreme weather events, to reduced air and water quality, to increased risk of disease.
In an article written for Huffington Post, Andrew Steer discusses how shale energy depends on water supply.
Where do U.S. power sector emissions come from? And how have they changed over time?
Today, WRI released an update of its U.S. state GHG emissions data via CAIT 2.0, our climate data explorer. These and other data provide valuable context in light of the EPA's newly proposed emissions standards for U.S. power plants.
Sixty percent of the largest U.S. businesses have set public climate and energy goals to increase their use of renewable energy. Companies are setting these goals because reducing energy use and using renewable energy have become core elements of business and sustainability strategies.
The combination of rising seas and sinking land are causing areas in Virginia, like Hampton Roads, to become the most threatened by sea-level rise in the United States.
According to a new report, the $65 billion U.S. corn industry faces a range of water-related risks that could disrupt production. Other countries face similar threats. In fact, one-third of the world’s corn production occurs in highly or extremely highly water-stressed regions.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides over $5 billion annually in financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement conservation practices that address resource concerns (e.g., water quality, wildlife ha
The U.S. Department of Agriculture could potentially spend part of its budget for water quality improvements seven to 12 times more cost effectively than it does now. A new WRI analysis shows how, explains why USDA isn’t already doing so, and proposes ways to make a complex policy a reality.
For more than 30 years, the USDA has worked to reduce water pollution by offering farmers throughout the nation financial and technical help to put conservation measures in place. While these efforts have successfully addressed environmental problems at the individual farm level—such as soil erosion—agriculture remains a key source of water pollution.
However, it’s only a small portion of farms that generate the majority of agriculture’s contribution to U.S. water pollution. New research shows that targeting conservation funds to these farms with the most potential to reduce pollution could be up to 12 times more cost effective than the usual practice of disbursing funds widely. And encouragingly, a new USDA program aims to capitalize on a similar targeted approach.