Climate change was on ballots across America this week. The results were mixed but leave room for increased climate action in the next two years and beyond. What are the major climate stories to watch in the coming year?
The Forest Resilience Bond, backed by several foundations, an investment company and even an insurer, provides an innovative way to bring down costs to utilities and other stakeholders.
Held two months after the launch of Fulfilling America's Pledge at the Global Climate Action Summit and ahead of COP24, this event will be an opportunity to discuss how sub-national action in the U.S. can and will be a major driver of emissions reductions.
New research assesses subnational and nonstate climate actions in the United States as part of America's Pledge.
We need to accelerate our climate action. Virtuous cycles between levels of government are already speeding the pace of progress and innovation.
A new report from America's Pledge shows that states, cities and businesses are on track to reduce U.S. emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, approximately two-thirds of the way to the national pledge of cutting emissions 26-28 percent by 2025. And they could easily get even further.
China will adhere to its commitments under the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is on track to exceed key targets early, despite the U.S. administration’s intention to withdraw from the historic climate pact, a senior Chinese climate expert said after a meeting between U.S. and Chinese policy experts in San Francisco.
In his first Insights post as Director, WRI United States, Dan Lashof focuses on some good news from California: a comprehensive suite of climate policies helped the Golden State meet its 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions four years early, while California's economy grew.
WRI will host a public briefing featuring senior Chinese and U.S. participants on China-US climate and energy cooperation among national and non-federal actors on Tuesday, July 17 in San Francisco.
On June 26, Kevin Kennedy testified before the Subcommittee on Energy (under the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce) during a hearing entitled “The Shifting Geopolitics of Oil and Gas.”
New WRI research explores how the United States can design a carbon tax that improves the economy and achieves emissions-reduction goals.
Governments will meet Wednesday in Stockholm to decide how to replenish the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a fund that helps developing nations meet international environmental agreements. GEF grants finance everything from toxic chemical clean-up to biodiversity protection to anti-wildlife trafficking efforts.
The 2018 United States budget poses some complications for climate finance. It will take time for its implications to be clear—here's what to watch.
Fostering and encouraging the United States and China to lead by example and serve as sustainable finance champions.
The Paris Agreement was the result of unexpected collaboration between the United States and China. President Trump has backed his nation out of the deal, but the surge in subnational action in the U.S. creates an opportunity for joint research, knowledge transfer and continued low-carbon development.
President Donald Trump’s approval of a four-year tariff on imported solar panels will raise costs, cut installations, reduce jobs and slow the decline in greenhouse gas emissions. But the economic and environmental benefits of solar power remain strong, and governments, businesses and individuals should act now to lock in a low-carbon future.
At a time when the Trump administration is abdicating the U.S. position as global climate leader, a growing number of U.S. states, cities and businesses are stepping up their climate action. Here are four areas of climate action opportunity.
According to new analysis, more than 2,500 non-federal actors representing more than half the U.S. economy—including cities, counties, states, businesses and more—have pledged their support for the Paris Agreement goals. If these actors were their own country, they’d be the world’s third-largest economy.
A new U.S. government report confirms the well-established science behind climate change: it's real, it's human-caused, it's happening faster than predicted and it poses a tremendous threat to America and the rest of the world.
The Trump administration's proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan is based on flawed analysis that understates the plan's benefits, part of this administration's unfortunate pattern of dismantling sensible policies and rejecting the underlying science of climate change.