Research from WRI reveals the most impactful steps that President-elect Biden and the new Congress can take to harness the carbon-removing power of trees and forests in the United States. Taking these steps can turn bipartisan rhetoric supporting tree restoration into tangible action.
As the most powerful trade organization on Earth, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce prides itself on its many members. But does it truly represent their interests? When it comes to climate change and congressional campaigns, the answer is an indisputable no.
To meet the rising food demand, reduce GHG emissions, and help curb climate change, the U.S. agricultural sector will need to activate these six tactics.
U.S. policymakers must ensure low-carbon investments and a fair transition for fossil fuel workers are included in economic recovery efforts from COVID-19.
To rebuild the economy from the coronavirus fallout, the United States must consider low-carbon and resilient investments, including energy retrofits, electric buses and reforestation.
To prevent the most dangerous impacts of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions will have to reach net zero by 2050. That will require both deep cuts in emissions and the removal of remaining emissions directly from the atmosphere. Making that happen will take concerted U.S. innovation akin to a moonshot. In this case, it's a CarbonShot.
New WRI research finds that the United States needs to make large-scale investments in carbon removal in the coming years if the country is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. This working paper identifies a consolidated set of high-priority, near-term, federal policy options for advancing carbon removal pathways.
A new report finds that U.S. states, cities and businesses are already on pace to reduce emissions 25% below 2005 levels by 2030, and could cut emissions further just by scaling up existing actions.
Decisions from utility commissions across the country suggest natural gas' time as a "bridge fuel" may be short—renewables are already often preferred and cheaper.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) are reportedly teaming up on a Green New Deal proposal.There are five questions legislators will need to consider before developing a zero-carbon economy plan.
The new National Climate Assessment provides an unprecedented look at the climate impacts the United States is already experiencing and those it is on track for in the future. Here are four important findings.
Congressman Curbelo's Market Choice Act, which would charge for carbon emissions from fuel combustion and large industrial sources, could bring U.S. greenhouse gas emissions down 27 to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, with minimal effect on GDP and benefits for the lowest-income households.
This issue brief provides insight on how incorporating emissions target mechanism into a strong national carbon tax can help ensure the intended emission reductions are delivered. It is part of a series of WRI research devoted to designing a national carbon price in the United States.
President Trump announced one year ago that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement. Meanwhile, other countries and U.S. states, cities and businesses have moved forward with climate action.
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.
Toxic air pollution. Plastic-filled oceans. Sucking carbon from the skies. These are just a few of the stories that will shape 2018's legacy.
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.
Representatives from countries accounting for 90 percent of the world’s clean energy investment and 75 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions will gather in Beijing this week for the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial. Will they advance renewable energy and efficiency, or will the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement set the talks back?
The Paris Agreement is the best instrument for addressing threats to development posed by climate change, such as forest fires, extreme weather and more. The U.S. withdrawal from the agreement is reckless.