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6 Graphics Explain The Climate Feedback Loop Fueling US Fires

September 26th, 2020 | by World Resources Institute

Fires blazing across the Western United States have claimed dozens of lives, destroyed countless properties, displaced hundreds of thousands of residents, and worsened air quality at a time when the coronavirus pandemic threatens respiratory health


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Scorecard Elevates Climate Deniers

August 31st, 2020 | by World Resources Institute

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the most powerful trade organization in the world. It spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year to influence the actions of government, and prides itself on its many members. It advocates for what it considers to be pro-business policies. But does the Chamber always represent the interest of all its members


Climate Action in the Time of COVID-19 — 4 Policy Solutions

May 7th, 2020 | by World Resources Institute

2020 was supposed to be a decisive year for climate action. Countries were expected to put forward new, more ambitious climate plans (NDCs) in accordance with the Paris Agreement on climate change, kicking off a “decade of ambition.” Then COVID-19 happened


3 Reasons To Invest In Renewable Energy Now

May 5th, 2020 | by World Resources Institute

As the human tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, global restrictions to stop the spread of the virus — including stay-at-home orders, business closures, and travel prohibitions — may contribute to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression


How Korea Is Winning The Fight Against COVID-19 & Increasing Climate Action

May 4th, 2020 | by World Resources Institute

The Republic of Korea’s response to COVID-19 has been among the most effective in the world. By combining aggressive testing with early isolation and treatment of those who test positive, Korea has lowered its infection rate while avoiding the need to lock down entire cities. The government reorganized hospitals to prevent infection, effectively distributed face masks, and will cover all COVID-related medical costs


Cities At The Frontlines Of COVID-19 Impact & Recovery

May 1st, 2020 | by World Resources Institute

On April 29, more than 600 participants tuned in to a high-level panel hosted by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities that brought together key urban experts to discuss what national governments and cities should invest in now to respond to pressing needs and become more resilient in the future, and how urban investments can reach where they are needed most


The Ocean Genome Helps Fight Disease: Here’s How We Save It

April 30th, 2020 | by World Resources Institute

The ocean plays a surprising role in fighting COVID-19. With death and infection numbers escalating daily, the World Health Organization has made it clear that countries need to do three things to successfully fight this pandemic: test, test and test


Safer, More Sustainable Transport In A Post-COVID-19 World

April 27th, 2020 | by World Resources Institute

The COVID-19 crisis has shown that effective public transport is vital to keeping cities running. By serving essential workers in health care, emergency services, food services, and other sectors, public transport has become a service not just for some people but for all urban residents


Earth Day At 50 Years Old: 5 Ways To Honor The Legacy & Change The World

April 22nd, 2020 | by World Resources Institute

Fifty years ago, 20 million Americans (10% of the U.S. population at the time) took to the streets at the first Earth Day to demand a better future. Outraged by polluted air and water, by oil spills and the destruction of nature, these people's actions changed policies and politics, and sparked the emergence of the modern environmental movement. Within months, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created and the Clean Air Act was passed into law with bipartisan support


Biking Provides Critical Lifeline During Coronavirus Crisis

April 18th, 2020 | by World Resources Institute

As the world works to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 3.9 billion people are under full or partial lockdown orders, as of mid-April. Cities have curtailed many public transit operations because of declining ridership and health concerns


5 Visible Signs of Climate Change in Antarctica

April 13th, 2020 | by World Resources Institute

“Why did you choose to come to Antarctica?” my fellow passengers asked shortly after we exchanged names. So many answers quickly surfaced in my mind: the wildlife; the icebergs; the history of exploration



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