New WRI research highlights cost-effective steps states can take to rein in methane emissions—and why it’s in their best interest to do so.
The techniques of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, in combination, have opened up vast new areas for natural gas production, and low-cost natural gas has altered the energy landscape in the United States.
On Tuesday June 23, World Resources Institute will convene an embargoed press call focusing on the soon-to-be-released publication, Reducing Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Develop
The United States has made significant progress in cleaning its rivers, lakes, and oceans. Investment in wastewater treatment plant technology, conservation practices with land managers, and restoration of natural systems is working in many places.
A new online guide to water quality trading can help farms, utilities and other businesses cut pollution and restore U.S. waters to their swimmable, fishable best.
This chart uses historical GHG emissions data and the targets and timetables in submitted pre-2020 pledges (for 2020 reductions) and INDCs to estimate the average annual change in emissions (decarbonization rate) from 2020-2030.
Federal and state actions can promote economic growth and reduce emissions 26-30 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
Putting a price on carbon can be an effective policy to spur innovation, create lasting economic growth, and help the United States achieve its carbon reduction goals.
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As the world’s second largest emitter, an ambitious and comprehensive INDC from the US could help inspire greater climate action internationally. Here's a closer look at what the US is likely to propose.
Understanding how to curb global climate change first requires knowing where the world’s emissions are currently heading. The new CAIT Projections module provides access to emissions projections for major emitters through the year 2100.
Comparing the cost of renewable energy options to traditional electricity supply is critical for decision-makers, policy experts, investors, and regulators to determine the most efficient and cost-effective way to supply electricity.
Today at the U.S.-China Symposium on Energy Performance Contracting in Beijing, the Chinese and U.S. governments announced a new pilot program that could reduce Chinese buildings' energy use. The program seeks to build momentum for energy performance contracting (EPC), a renovation model where a building owner can work with a private company to install efficient technologies, and then use the cost savings from reduced energy consumption to pay for the efficiency upgrades. While EPCs are already used regularly in the United States, the pilot project will help expand the model in China as a way to curb emissions and save money.
Not only was the average annual temperature in 2014 the warmest on record globally, but the year also witnessed record-high seasonal temperatures in the summer and fall, and the second-warmest spring.
A new WRI study finds that there are many win-win opportunities for the United States to reduce emissions and save money for consumers and businesses. Our blog series, Lower Emissions, Brighter Economy, evaluates these opportunities across five key areas—power generation, electricity consumption, passenger vehicles, natural gas systems and hydrofluorocarbons (coming soon) —which together represent 55 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
WASHINGTON (January 14, 2015)— The Obama administration announced a goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent (from 2012 levels) by 2025, along with a suite of actions to achieve this target.
Oil prices are plummeting, the United States and China made a major joint climate announcement, and renewable energy reached price parity with coal in a growing number of markets. Iconic tech companies—including Google and Apple—are playing a larger role in both renewable energy and home energy efficiency.
Against this backdrop, 2014 is on track to go down as the world’s hottest year ever recorded. Already, the first 10 months of 2014 have been the hottest on record globally. This is a troubling trend.