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While China’s INDC is overall a welcome development that helps build momentum for a new international climate agreement, there are still opportunities for the country—as for others, like the European Union and the United States—to go further this year and harness more of the benefits that stem from decarbonization. Here’s a look at the highs and lows of China’s new climate goals.
The world’s largest emitter plans to peak its emissions around 2030 and increase its share of non-fossil fuels in energy consumption to around 20 percent by the same year. The country's new climate plan also builds on these commitments with additional announcements on carbon intensity, forests, adaptation and more.
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A new WRI paper outlines opportunities that states have to lead in reducing the country’s methane emissions.
While the U.S. government is taking steps to reduce emissions, soon-to-be-proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) don’t go far enough. A new WRI paper outlines opportunities that states have to lead in reducing the country’s methane emissions.
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The long-awaited appearance of an influx of fish in the John Day River represents a restoration success story - not only for environmental restoration, but a cultural one.
The Oxbow conservation area in Central Oregon has recently seen an influx of fish in the John Day River, some having traveled nearly 500 miles from the ocean’s edge. The long-awaited appearance of these fish represents a restoration success story—not only for environmental restoration, but a cultural one.
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The question now is: Will the standards be strong enough to achieve the full range of emissions reductions? By setting strong standards for these sources, the United States has the opportunity to check off two important items on the 10-point action plan WRI developed that details how the country can meet the 2025 target.
Large trucks and airplanes account for about one-third of total U.S. transportation emissions. WRI analysis shows that setting strong efficiency standards for these sectors could deliver at least 6 percent of the total reductions the United States needs to meet its goal of reducing total emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
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The phenomenon of ersatz American suburbs sprinkled around the world is a major contributor to urban sprawl. Curtailing sprawl with smart planning and urban design strategies will be crucial to reducing cities’ carbon footprints, and creating more equitable patterns of urbanization.
Red tile roofs, a backyard barbecue, and a French chateau-style clubhouse. This may sound like Orange County, California, the famed suburb known for its beaches and McMansions, but this scene is actually from Orange County, Beijing.
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Certain large electricity consumers in Rajasthan state will need to get about 10 percent of their power from renewable sources—or risk getting fined.
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Half of the fire alerts in Indonesia's Riau Province are occurring in protected areas like the Tesso Nilo National Park. Plus, 38 percent of the alerts are on peatlands, some of the country's most carbon-rich ecosystems.
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New NASA satellite data can help raise awareness about a looming groundwater crisis. 
Many of the world's biggest aquifers are being depleted much faster than they can be replenished, from the Middle East to India to California. New NASA satellite data showing this trend can help raise awareness about a looming groundwater crisis.
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Leveraging data from WRI’s CAIT Climate Data Explorer, this dynamic graph allows you to explore just-released CAIT emissions data for 2012 by country and economic sector, and share this information on social media.
Explore just-released CAIT emissions data for 2012 by country and economic sector.
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Our energy-as-usual approach is changing the climate so much that it is a serious threat to our future prosperity.
The G7's unprecedented pledge to decarbonize the world economy this century is a recognition of simple arithmetic: Our energy-as-usual approach is changing the climate so much that it is a serious threat to our future prosperity.
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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.
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This week Pope Francis issues his long awaited Encyclical on Climate Change, which should galvanize support for climate action for the Catholic community and well beyond.
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WRI is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, and more. Our more than 300 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources—the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being.
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WRI's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

We organize our work around six critical goals that the world must achieve this decade in order to secure a sustainable future:
  • Climate: Protect communities and natural ecosystems from damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and generate opportunities for people by catalyzing a global transition to a low-carbon economy.
  • Energy: Drive the scale-up of clean, affordable power systems throughout the world to deliver sustainable socio-economic development.
  • Food: Ensure the world’s food systems reduce their impact on the environment, drive economic opportunity, and sustainably feed 9.6 billion people by 2050.
  • Forests: Alleviate poverty, enhance food security, conserve biodiversity, and mitigate climate change by reducing forest loss and restoring productivity to degraded, deforested lands.
  • Water: Achieve a water-secure future by mapping, measuring, and mitigating global water risks.
  • Cities and Transport: Improve quality of life in cities by developing and scaling environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable urban and transport solutions.
We design solutions for and analyze these six critical goals through the lenses of our three Centers of Excellence:
  • Our Governance Center of Excellence works to empower people and support institutions to foster socially equitable and environmentally sound decision-making.
  • Our Business Center of Excellence harnesses the private sector to spur action, innovation, and ambition in support of sustainable development outcomes. We combine research, analysis, tools, and direct engagement with businesses to create solutions that advance environmental sustainability and drive value.
  • Our Finance Center of Excellence aims to mobilize and shift public and private sector investments toward sustainable development—particularly in developing nations. We advance transparency, sound governance, environmental and social safeguards, and public-private partnerships to ensure this finance is ambitious, accountable, and effective.