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Most of the discussion about the Paris Agreement focuses on countries' new climate plans, which are aimed at the post-2020 period. But the decisions made in Paris can also ramp up action in the short term, too.
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The landmark Paris Agreement on climate change came under tough scrutiny from members of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, but Dr. Andrew Steer said a clean energy economy would "create hundreds of thousands of more jobs, increase GDP and save families money on energy bills."
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Electricity for water treatment can be as much as one-third of a city's energy bill, and these "energy-water nexus" issues are becoming more and more concerning for businesses. A new GE and WRI report explores three innovative solutions for energy and water management.
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Ensuring that indigenous and community land rights are respected and protected is important, not only from a human rights perspective, but also as a sound climate mitigation strategy.
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Food loss & waste costs $940 billion annually, generates 8% of global emissions, and consumes 25% of all water used by agriculture. Meet the #Champions123 coalition launching today to inspire reductions and meet the UN #SDGs Target 12.3
Champions 12.3, a voluntary coalition of executives from government, business, farmer groups and more, aims to help halve global food waste by 2030 while also reducing food loss.
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How can rickshaws, which account for 20 percent of motorized trips in some Indian cities, be made to work more reliably? There's an app for that.
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Real-time transit information systems increase public transport ridership and decrease wait times. How can we make these systems affordable and accessible to cities in the developing world?
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Nigel Sizer looks back on the past five years as director of WRI's Forests program. Starting next month, he'll take up his new role as president of the Rainforest Alliance.
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New data on Global Forest Watch shows that in some of the world's most heavily forested nations, more than 90 percent of tree cover loss is happening in natural forests rather than plantations. That's a problem since natural forests, especially those in the tropics, provide much greater climate, biodiversity and water benefits over planted lands.
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The new international climate agreement comes into effect only after 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions sign onto it.
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WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer revealed 2016's top stories to watch when it comes to the environment, economy and sustainability.
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In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama ranked the importance of a climate change strategy on a par with national security, economic equality and a more effective political process. Here are six steps his administration can take this year to cement its climate legacy.
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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.