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What issues will negotiators face and what needs to happen at the #climate meeting in Bonn next week? http://ow.ly/RsWJu
We’re now entering the final, significant stages of negotiations leading up to the major climate summit in Paris in December known as COP21, where countries will reach a new international climate agreement. There are now two week-long negotiating sessions remaining before Paris; the first takes place next week in Bonn, Germany. What issues will negotiators face and what needs to happen at the Bonn meeting?
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Physical risks like drought are only some of the climate-related risks investors face. Find out more at http://ow.ly/RsWoh
Climate change is a risk that, while significant, is oftentimes misunderstood by the financial community. The new Carbon Asset Risk Discussion Framework aims to help financial institutions identify and understand climate-related risks to their portfolios.
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By joining the Compact of Mayors, city leaders gain a valuable platform for launching measures to reduce emissions, track progress, and learn from one another. The more cities that join, the stronger the message that a universal agreement on climate change is not only necessary, but within reach. http://ow.ly/Ro4xF
Thirty-four U.S. cities have now pledged to reduce their emissions through the Compact of Mayors, a global climate action coalition. President Obama challenged 100 U.S. cities to join the initiative before COP 21 in Paris later this year.
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Here’s how this kind of open data can help solve complex forest challenges.
The open data movement—the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone-- can drive innovation, make government and corporate activities more transparent and improve decision-making about natural resources.
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This is the first time that The Lacey Act has been used to prosecute illegal loggers within the boundaries of the United States, and the results of this case are likely to be closely watched by conservationists and buyers and suppliers of wood across the country. Stay tuned for case updates on our website at www.wri.org.
A wood buyer from Washington State and his lumber mill, J&L Tonewoods, were indicted last week on charges of purchasing illegally harvested big leaf maples from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in violation of the Lacey Act. The act bans illegal wildlife trafficking, and the seven counts of the indictment are the first alleging violations within the United States.
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Australia’s just-announced plan for tackling climate change over the next decade proposes to cut emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
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To reach the 2°C target, a radical and urgent decarbonization of the global economy will be necessary. Find out more at http://ow.ly/RsWEI
The world is losing the window of opportunity to solve the climate crisis. To have a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to 2°C and avoid its most dramatic effects, we need to limit all carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) to one trillion metric tons.
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Using an ensemble of climate models and socioeconomic scenarios, WRI scored and ranked future water stress - a measure of competition and depletion of surface water - in 167 countries by 2020, 2030, and 2040. Here's what we found http://ow.ly/Ro4DI
Globally, changing water supply and demand is inevitable; what that change will look like is far from certain. A first-of-its-kind analysis sheds new light on the issue.
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Rainfed agriculture sustains millions of farmers in India, meeting 40 percent of India’s food demand. But the impact of a changing climate, including increased droughts and rising temperatures, threatens food production and farming patterns.
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It’s time to start thinking bigger. Truly overcoming the climate change challenge means scaling up adaptation projects across larger geographies to benefit more vulnerable people.
While climate change threatens virtually every community on Earth, adaptation efforts to date have been largely small-scale.
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Is it possible to develop and implement an effective detoxification response on a global scale in a timely manner to prevent ... the Sixth Mass Extinction of all life forms on our planet?

We've already exceeded 400 ppm of globally contaminated air quality. Exceeding 350 ppm was going to become bad enough, but 400? Sooner and worse.

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Investing in natural infrastructure to achieve food, water and energy security can be transformational in making water available for agriculture, electricity generation and water supply. 
Recent extreme droughts and floods have forced an evaluation of how water infrastructure impacts other sectors, highlighting the need for a multi-disciplinary, cross-sectoral approach to balance environmental, social and economic concerns against a backdrop of climate change.
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As momentum builds towards the climate negotiations in Paris, national governments are being asked to consider how their countries will contribute to a low-carbon, climate resilient future. With support from international efforts like the Bonn Challenge and the New York Declaration on Forests, many countries are committing to restore degraded land and forests to offset emissions as they improve household income and food security. But while these ...
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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.