Harnessing the full power of towns and cities to drive the shift to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future requires action at all levels of government, with strong supportive policy frameworks, incentive systems and financial resources for sustainable infrastructure.
Climate, Energy & Transport
Back-to-back September UN summits on climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals offer a strategic opportunity to showcase a leap in ambition. Here are four ways that can happen.
Nevada's new measure to strengthen its Clean Electricity Standard is the latest in a series of legislative moves to drive the transition to low-carbon energy in the United States. That makes it a good time to review the newest research and consider whether such standards are good policy.
The Green New Deal has inspired activism and debate, but not much action on Capitol Hill so far. That hasn't stopped states, cities and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico from taking bold steps now.
Statement from Dan Lashof, Director, WRI US, following Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduction of the Green New Deal.
After a rocky two weeks of climate talks, countries agreed on rules to implement the Paris Agreement, including guidance on regular communication, reporting, review and stock-taking of progress.
Even as climate negotiators in Poland laughed at the U.S. administration's promotion of fossil fuels, activists rallied for a Green New Deal in Washington. What they want is congressional support for climate action that would be embedded in the broader U.S. agenda of economic reform, public investment, job creation and social justice.
China's electric vehicle mandate has driven innovation around the globe, an illustration of the kind of "ambition loop" that drives businesses and governments to bring out the best in one another.
Countries, stakeholders and expert institutions have been making submissions to the UNFCCC’s Talanoa Dialogue in preparation for December’s COP24 climate conference. Parties’ collective efforts in progress towards meeting the long-term temperature goal of the Paris Agreement will be reviewed at the Conference, to inform further target-setting. To feed into the Dialogue, the Grantham Research Institute and the World Resources Institute have been taking stock of the quantified targets set by different Parties to the...
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.