Dan Lashof, Director of WRI United States, reflects on the wildfires in the Western United States — and why now is the time for national action on climate change.
Increased global emissions lead to higher temperatures and more fire-prone conditions. With more fires comes more emissions, fueling rapid climate change.
The world lost over 9 million acres of tropical primary forests last year, about the same as the year before. Does this mean we're stuck with this unacceptably high level of forest destruction? Not necessarily.
Join WRI for a press call with global forest experts to preview 2019 tree cover loss data and analysis on Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 AM ET/16:00 CEST.
Wildfires are a natural part of the ecology of colder, boreal forests. The problem is we're starting to see signs of fires burning outside their normal patterns.
Australia’s bush fires are the worst in the country’s recorded history. Data on Global Forest Watch Fires sheds light on potential impacts to biodiversity and forest ecosystems.
When fires across Brazil captured the world's attention in August, a ban on setting fires was put in place. Fire alerts in the Amazon dropped 34% between August and September. Now the ban is ending.
According to data displayed on Global Forest Watch Fires, there have been 66,000 fire alerts in Indonesia from January through the end of September. While this is much lower than fire levels in 2015 — which saw more than 110,000 alerts at the end of September — it far exceeds levels in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The thousands of fires burning in the Brazilian Amazon got global attention this week, both in the media and online, where the hashtag #prayforamazonia earned more than 150,000 mentions in one day. But what can satellite data tell us about what is really happening in Brazil’s forests?
Indonesia is one of the only countries actually reducing its deforestation rates. But with the annual fires season beginning and El Niño promising fire-prone conditions, the country’s forest protection policies will be put to the test.
Over 150,000 chartered financial analysts, including portfolio managers and research analysts at investment management firms, have received new guidance on how to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies into their work, marking a significant step towards the mainstream for sustainable investing.
Satellite data shows that several U.S. states saw some of their most devastating fires in recent history in 2018.
Hear from WRI experts how weather conditions and political dynamics could affect this year’s fire season and learn how to monitor and visualize fires in near-real-time on the Global Forest Watch Fires platform.
Andrew Wheeler, acting chief of the Trump administration's EPA, tried to discredit the findings of the latest U.S. National Climate Assessment, saying that they were skewed by highlighting worst-case scenarios of climate change impacts. His comments were inaccurate. Here's what the environmental agency should be doing.
The Fourth National Climate Assessment report, from the U.S. government’s Global Change Research Program, was just released. The report, prepared with the support and approval of 13 federal agencies, and with input from hundreds of government and non-governmental experts, provides an comprehensive look at how climate change will impact the United States. Read a statement by Dan Lashof, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute.
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.
If your colleague or child does well and you give her or him positive feedback, that’s good.If climate change causes a cascade of impacts that result in additional climate change — which scientists call “positive feedback” — that’s bad, and maybe catastrophic.
Hotter-than-normal temperatures and drought are bringing wildfires to wetter, cooler regions. Even places that experience fires annually, like California and Greece, are seeing a faster-than-usual start to their fires seasons.
Tree cover with the surface area of New Zealand was lost in 2016 after a wave of fires that signal the need for better forest management worldwide.
Active fire alerts produced by NASA and available online at Global Forest Watch Fires show the deadly wildfires whipping across California's wine country are among the worst in the state's history.