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Many Companies Inaccurately Estimate The Climate Benefits Of Their Products

March 13th, 2019 | by World Resources Institute

Cold-water laundry detergents, fuel-saving tires, energy-efficient ball bearings, emissions-saving data centers. Corporations are increasingly claiming that their goods and services reduce emissions. Thirty-six percent of companies responding to a 2017 survey by CDP claimed they sold products that would help consumers avoid emissions—a 20 percent increase from the year before


34 Emerging Market Countries Where Electrification Is A Great Idea

February 20th, 2019 | by World Resources Institute

Electrification is a key step to creating low-carbon cities. Replacing fossil fuel-powered vehicles, stoves, furnaces with electric alternatives reduces emissions and creates a host of other benefits. But not all cities are equally suitable for electrification. In some cases, electrification is impractical or can actually increase greenhouse gas emissions


The Polar Vortex, Frigid Temperatures, & Climate Change: 3 Things to Know

January 31st, 2019 | by World Resources Institute

Parts of the United States are expected to be colder than Antarctica this week, and three-quarters of the U.S. population will likely experience temperatures that dip below freezing. Climate deniers are already using the polar vortex to call into question the existence of global warming. Yet a cold snap in one region has little to do with worldwide warming. Indeed, the latest scientific research shows a relationship between a melting Arctic and extreme winter weather


Quiet Clean Energy Revolution Scored Strong Growth In USA Last Year

January 24th, 2019 | by World Resources Institute

The public perception of U.S. clean energy has undergone a major shift. In a recent survey, 70 percent of respondents said America should produce 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources; more than half thought renewables were a good idea even if they raise energy bills


7 Environment & Development Stories To Watch In 2019

January 14th, 2019 | by World Resources Institute

One hundred years ago, 1919 was a really big year: Countries signed the Treaty of Versailles to end World War I, Mahatma Gandhi began his nonviolent resistance against British rule, the Grand Canyon became a national park. And on a lighter note, pop-up toasters entered kitchens for the first time!


5 Cities Show What Urban Transformation Looks Like

December 29th, 2018 | by World Resources Institute

The WRI Ross Prize for Cities aims to spotlight exemplary real-world examples of urban transformation to help inspire better cities for all. Nearly 200 projects around the globe submitted applications for the inaugural $250,000 prize


IPCC 1.5° Report Is A Genuine Wake-Up Call

November 2nd, 2018 | by World Resources Institute

Amid the barrage of news about climate-related natural disasters and climate change summits, it's important to recognize real inflection points—when there is truly cause to sit up and take note. The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC, released last month, is a genuine wake up call


The Growth & Challenges Of Distributed Solar PV In China

August 30th, 2018 | by World Resources Institute

In China, distributed solar PV is growing remarkably faster than large-scale solar power stations. China’s new installed capacity of distributed solar PV in 2017 was 19.4 gigawatts -- 3.6 times higher than it was just a year before. Distributed solar PV generated 13.7 terawatt-hours of electricity in 2017, enough to power all the households in Beijing for 7.5 months. The accumulated installed capacity of distributed solar PV now accounts for 27.1% of China’s total solar PV installation


In The Year Since Trump Announced Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement, The World Is Moving On

May 31st, 2018 | by World Resources Institute

One year ago this week, President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. The president claimed that the Agreement was a bad deal for America. The reality is that his disavowal of the treaty is putting the United States increasingly at odds with the rest of the world and harming the American people


7 Signs Of Positive Climate Progress

May 31st, 2018 | by World Resources Institute

The Paris Agreement adopted in 2015 was lauded as a turning point in the global fight against climate change. The question today is: Are countries responding to it


How Shenzhen, China, Built The World’s Largest Electric Bus Fleet

April 5th, 2018 | by World Resources Institute

The southeastern city, which connects Hong Kong to mainland China, announced at the end of last year that all of its 16,359 buses had gone electric. The city’s buses are the world’s first 100% electrified bus fleet, and its largest—bigger than New York’s, Los Angeles’s, New Jersey’s, Chicago’s and Toronto’s electric bus fleets combined


Debunking 4 Sustainable Investing Myths

December 20th, 2016 | by World Resources Institute

Enthusiasm for sustainable investing is surging. Already, more than $8.7 trillion of investment capital is managed using environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in U.S. markets alone, a 184% increase since 2010. This pot of money increasingly includes investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy, affordable housing and more, as well as investments that more holistically integrate broad ESG factors



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