Increasing Access to Renewable Energyby , and -
The Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles frame the challenges and common needs faced by large renewable energy buyers.
Twenty-five corporate signatories developed these principles to spur progress on resolving the challenges they face when buying renewable energy, and...
Creating a Sustainable Food Future, Installment Sixby , and -
Installment 6 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future explores the methods and analysis of a scoping exercise to identify a preliminary list of indicators...
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The Hampton Roads area in Virginia is experiencing the highest rates of sea-level rise along the entire U.S. East Coast. The area is also second only to New Orleans, LA, as the largest population center at risk from sea-level rise in the country.
This fact sheet provides information...
An Overview of the Current Policy Landscapeby -
In 2013, in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, the government of Japan put forth a revised target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 3.8 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.
This paper analyzes this target and finds that Japan can likely meet it by...
Overcoming Barriers to Better Targeting of U.S. Farm Conservation Fundsby and -
This issue brief identifies the technical, political, and implementation challenges of cost-effectively targeting agricultural conservation funds to achieve greater improvements in water quality and suggests options for addressing these challenges.
This publication is the third in a...
A National Modeling Analysis on Increasing Cost Effectiveness Through Better Targeting of U.S. Farm Conservation Fundsby , , and -
In this second installment of our 3-part series on better targeting of U.S. farm conservation funds, WRI found that combining geographic targeting with benefit-cost principles could potentially yield seven to 12 times...
Creating a Sustainable Food Future, Installment Fiveby , , , , , , , and -
Installment 5 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future explores the potential role of aquaculture in meeting global fish demand in 2050, finding that...
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President Obama announced the first-ever National Climate Plan for the United States in June 2013. Under the plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will set carbon pollution...
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This working paper is designed to help make decision-making processes more transparent and enable greater engagement in the electricity sector.
It is part of the 10 Questions to Ask Series, which aims to build...
Cornerstone for GHG Accounting: Experience and Recommendations for Corporate Level Data Quality Management in Chinaby , , , and -
Corporate data quality management is a vital component of a reliable GHG accounting system. This report is intended to assist corporate GHG reporters and government authorities in the process of establishing a GHG data quality management system.
There are three phases in developing,...
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President Obama announced the first-ever National Climate Plan for the United States in June 2013. Under the plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will set carbon pollution standards for power plants. In September 2013, EPA introduced emissions standards for new power plants and...
Testimony of Sarah Forbes before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commissionby -
In an April 25, 2014 testimony, Sarah Forbes describes the context for US-China collaboration on clean energy, outlining the need for policies that encourage innovation throughout the value chain. She also highlights how collaboration with China can advance U.S. energy goals, and suggests ways...
Ownership and Accountability in Social and Environmental Safeguardsby and -
Global growth has not come without costs: Pollution, natural resource depletion, climate change, and the disruption of ecosystem services are now felt around the world.
This report aims at helping investors in developing countries develop effective social and environmental safeguard...
Despite inaction by Congress, the Obama Administration is acting on several fronts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
This fact sheet outlines the steps the Administration has taken to reduce GHG emissions, with more important rules expected soon.
Assessing Principles of Sustainable Development and Governance in the World Bank's Project Plans...by , and -
As the challenges facing the world—from economic uncertainty and political unrest, to the increasingly severe impacts of a changing climate—have grown, the World Bank is seeking to reinvent itself and help its developing member countries address these challenges.
To understand the World...
Why REDD+ Needs To Be More Than An Economic Incentiveby -
This issue brief explores the complicated realities of how accountability tools functioned in land-use planning, zoning, and permitting processes in a pair of case studies from Brazil and Indonesia and draws lessons for government or civil society designers of REDD+ programs.
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This booklet provides an overview of key legality issues that businesses should consider when purchasing wood and paper-based products.
An Overview of the Current Policy Landscapeby , , and -
The Indian Government has made a voluntary international commitment to reduce the emissions intensity of its gross domestic product (GDP) by 20–25 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. Domestically, India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) includes eight national missions to support...
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National and corporate/facility level GHG inventory systems can help countries address climate change. However, these systems are often developed independently of each other, and confusion exists regarding the purpose of and need for each inventory type. This working paper seeks to describe...
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