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When it comes to water, most people don’t know what they’ve got ‘til it’s gone – yet we are already facing a water scarcity crisis.
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The EPA will soon release emissions standards for existing power plants, the single-largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
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In one of the least aggressive climate action plans of any developed country to date, Japan announced its commitment to reduce its emissions 26 percent below 2013 levels by 2030.
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A new report offers evidence-based recommendations for designing safer, healthier, more vibrant cities.
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New satellite imagery reveals a rash of fires burning in what was once one of the world’s most biologically rich forests—Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park.
The protected area has seen 185 fire alerts since May 29, 2015, some of which are likely associated with land clearing for agriculture.
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"Our country has a choice: It can show international leadership and bring the same spirit of competition, ingenuity, and innovation to the climate challenge that it has brought to solving other problems. Or, it can be left behind as other countries develop the solutions and capture the markets for the fuels, technologies and processes that reduce greenhouse emissions." - Kaul Hausker

Four reasons illustrate why it’s in the United States’ own interests to meet its 2025 target and reduce emissions even more so in the long-term.
As Karl Hausker noted in a Congressional testimony, the United States can not only achieve its goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent by 2025—doing so will actually create economic and quality-of-life benefits.
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VIDEO of Paul Polman discussing a spectrum of business interests—from the farmer at the beginning of the supply chain, through the investor and employee, to the customer and brand impact of products. Polman’s thoughts on each of the components of the approach add up to a strategy where the value of the whole is so much more than the sum of the parts.
Paul Polman recently visited WRI to talk about Unilever's business model, equitable supply chains and sustainability.
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The Action Agenda approved in Addis Ababa last week offers the right vision for a global shift towards a low-carbon, inclusive global economy.
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More than 1.2 million people die in traffic crashes every year. Ben Welle explains an undervalued approach for saving these lives—good urban design.
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In the case of Indonesia—and of Kalimantan specifically—protecting primary and secondary forests as well as all peat lands should be a top priority toward meeting the nation’s twin goals of emissions reductions and agricultural productivity.
In Kalimantan, Indonesia’s largest palm oil-producing region, it’s possible to fully protect the most valuable forests and reduce emissions by 35 percent while only modestly reducing profits.
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Maybe restoration as a concept is evolving. Before jumping into another tree planting campaign, we should remember to assess what is truly needed for a resilient landscape. It may not always be more trees.
Three short stories of landscape restoration in the western United States show that restoration can mean a lot more than just planting trees. Sometimes it means cutting trees, setting fires, and unleashing destructive rodents. Perhaps we'd better explain.
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The #SDGs must be supported by a web of partnerships that spell out who does what, and that can be transparently monitored and assessed. As countries finalize the SDGs over the coming weeks and months, they must not shy away from making accountability a reality.
The new Sustainable Development Goals, set to be finalized this September, pose a challenge: How do we make sure that all of those responsible follow through on them? In a voluntary agenda, how do we inject accountability?
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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.