The Most Successful Air Pollution Treaty You’ve Never Heard Of

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The Most Successful Air Pollution Treaty You’ve Never Heard Of Comments|Add Comment|PrintScooter-riders with face masks in Hanoi, Vietnam International consensus on cross-border environmental issues has been difficult to achieve, but the 40-year-old Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air-Pollution (or LRTAP as it is known to development professionals) has enjoyed great, if largely unsung, success in the fight against air pollution and climate change. The Convention also led to cleaner air...

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Wil Thomas

Charlotte Is the Largest US City to Purchase Renewable Energy Through a Green Tariff

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Charlotte Is the Largest US City to Purchase Renewable Energy Through a Green Tariff Comments|Add Comment|PrintCharlotte skyline. Photo by James Willamor/Flickr More than 200 U.S. cities, townships and counties have adopted 100% clean energy targets. While some have already achieved them, many more are still trying to figure out how they will work with many stakeholders, most notably their electric utilities, to get there. Yesterday, the city council in Charlotte, North Carolina approved a...

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Hayden Higgins

Agriculture Drove Recent Record-Breaking Tree Cover Loss

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Agriculture Drove Recent Record-Breaking Tree Cover Loss Comments|Add Comment|PrintAgriculture, like this cornfield in Thailand, is a driver of recent tree cover loss. Photo by Theerawat Sangprakarn/Flickr Global tree cover loss reached record highs in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, roughly one soccer field of tree cover was lost every second. What drove this loss? Global data on the drivers of tree cover loss, developed by WRI and The Sustainability Consortium and updated this week on Global Forest...

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Wil Thomas

City Leaders Must Prioritize Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Communities

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City Leaders Must Prioritize Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Communities Comments|Add Comment|PrintCities must invest in greater climate resilience for their vulnerable neighborhoods, and involve residents in decisions. Photo by Budi Nusyirwan/Flickr This article was originally posted on Thomson Reuters Foundation News. As thousands of urban leaders gather in Abu Dhabi for the World Urban Forum, the impacts of the climate crisis on cities have become more visible than ever. Severe floods...

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Wil Thomas

PODCAST: Jane Lubchenco's New Narrative for the Ocean

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PODCAST: Jane Lubchenco's New Narrative for the Ocean Comments|Add Comment|PrintSchooling fish off the coast of Australia. Photo by Saspotato/Flickr It took just one summer in Woods Hole as a college student for Jane Lubchenco to decide what she wanted to do with her life. “I could study [the ocean] for the rest of my life and never scratch the surface,” Lubchenco said. Today, she is a co-chair of the exprt group for the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. Lubchenco is the...

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Hayden Higgins

Intense Boreal Forest Fires a Climate Concern

2 semanas ago
Intense Boreal Forest Fires a Climate Concern Comments|Add Comment|PrintCuckegg Creek Fire in Alberta, Canada. Photo by Alberta Wildfire The Chuckegg Creek wildfire sparked in Alberta, Canada on May 12, 2019. Over the next three months, the blaze burned across 280,000 hectares, forcing more than 10,000 people to evacuate their homes. On the Global Forest Watch platform, bright red fire alerts were visible blossoming out across the landscape. More fire alerts were detected in Alberta in...

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Wil Thomas

STATEMENT: Climate Leadership Council releases Bipartisan Climate Roadmap for U.S. carbon fee

2 semanas ago
STATEMENT: Climate Leadership Council releases Bipartisan Climate Roadmap for U.S. carbon fee The Climate Leadership Council released a Bipartisan Climate Roadmap to inform legislation for a gradually rising carbon fee to cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to 50% below 2005 levels in 2035. The revenue from this fee would be returned to households across the United States, with a family of four receiving about $2,000 the first year. Following is a statement by Andrew Steer, CEO and President of...

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Mansie Hough

How and Where to Plant 60 Billion Trees in the US

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How and Where to Plant 60 Billion Trees in the US Comments|Add Comment|PrintRestocking timber forests is one way the United States can plant billions of trees. Photo by Cecilio Ricardo/U.S. Forest Service The Trillion Trees Initiative has garnered support from business and political leaders around the world. U.S. President Trump highlighted the initiative as the cornerstone of his plan to protect the environment, a rare shift for an administration that has moved to withdraw from the Paris...

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Domestic Water Use Grew 600% Over the Past 50 Years

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Domestic Water Use Grew 600% Over the Past 50 Years Comments|Add Comment|PrintHousehold water use grew 600% since 1960; watering lawns is a major driver in some countries. Photo by Brian J. Matis/Flickr Humanity’s thirst for freshwater has more than doubled since the 1960s, keeping pace with growing populations and economies.  One-quarter of the world now faces extremely high water stress, where more than 80% of the available supply is withdrawn every year. While agriculture and industry...

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Wil Thomas

Want to Grow Trees? Consider These 5 Lessons

2 semanas 3 días ago
Want to Grow Trees? Consider These 5 Lessons Comments|Add Comment|PrintThe Pesalat Reforestation Project in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, works to restore forest within a national park degraded by fire and logging. As of 2013, 450 hectares are under restoration, with over 4,000 seedlings planted. Photo by James Anderson/WRI Forests are disappearing at an alarming rate. So in 2014, hundreds of governments and corporations made a landmark pledge to cut the rate of natural forest loss by half and...

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Hayden Higgins

5 Strategies that Achieve Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Simultaneously

2 semanas 3 días ago
5 Strategies that Achieve Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Simultaneously Comments|Add Comment|PrintCoastal wetlands like mangroves protect communities from storms while storing tons of carbon. Photo by Alex Wynter/Flickr Climate actions have often fallen into one of two strategies: mitigation efforts to lower or remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere, and adaptation efforts to adjust systems and societies to withstand the impacts of climate change. The separation has led to the...

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Wil Thomas

RELEASE: WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities 2020-2021 Opens; Now Accepting Applications for Transformative Urban Climate Projects

2 semanas 3 días ago
RELEASE: WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities 2020-2021 Opens; Now Accepting Applications for Transformative Urban Climate Projects ABU DHABI (February 10, 2020)— Today, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities launched the second cycle of the WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities, a global competition that celebrates transformative urban change. The announcement comes during the 10th session of the United Nations World Urban Forum, the world’s largest gathering of urban changemakers. Applications are now...

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Kylee Barton

For People to Live and Thrive in a Changing Climate, Cities Need to Change – But How?

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For People to Live and Thrive in a Changing Climate, Cities Need to Change – But How? Comments|Add Comment|PrintWhat will cities of the future look like? Our collective imagination is failing us In the 21st century, a seemingly global prosperity masks an unequal distribution of benefits. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world’s cities, where extreme wealth can exist next door to concentrated poverty. In some cities, like those in South Africa, well-meaning policies and investments in...

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Deborah Zabarenko

Fast-tracking Law-abiding Ships at Ports Could Help End Illegal Fishing

2 semanas 5 días ago
Fast-tracking Law-abiding Ships at Ports Could Help End Illegal Fishing Comments|Add Comment|PrintU.S. Coast Guard inspects a fishing vessel. Photo by Kwabena Akuamoah-Boateng/U.S. Navy When the UN launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) five years ago, the world aligned around the need to end illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by 2020 (SDG 14.4). Seen then as an achievable target, it is now a deadline we’re going to miss. IUU fishing accounts for nearly 20% of the...

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Sarah Parsons

The Causes and Effects of Soil Erosion, and How to Prevent It

2 semanas 6 días ago
The Causes and Effects of Soil Erosion, and How to Prevent It Comments|Add Comment|PrintAreas of Indonesia are at high risk of erosion, which can threaten agricultural productivity. Photo by Danumurthi Mahendra/USAID Soil erosion is agriculture’s enemy: a major environmental threat to sustainability and productivity with knock-on effects on the climate crisis and food security.   This is particularly true for places with the highest risk of erosion, such as watersheds in Indonesia, India, the...

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Wil Thomas

4 Charts Explain Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Countries and Sectors

3 semanas ago
4 Charts Explain Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Countries and Sectors Comments|Add Comment|PrintHeat and electricity are responsible for 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Photo by Tony Webster/Flickr */ Global annual greenhouse gas emissions have grown 41% since 1990, and they are still climbing. While emissions dipped notably in 2016, recent data suggests that carbon dioxide emissions rose each year since then. Where are these emissions coming from, and who is responsible? WRI’s...

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Wil Thomas

From Coal to Renewables in China: Solving the Water Stress-Power Plant Mismatch

3 semanas ago
From Coal to Renewables in China: Solving the Water Stress-Power Plant Mismatch Comments|Add Comment|PrintHukou Waterfall, Shanxi Province. Photo by Tim Zachernuk/Flickr On the road from coal to renewable energy, China has a complex challenge to face: it must satisfy rising energy demand while reducing carbon emissions and sustainably managing water use without hobbling the power and agriculture sectors or the overall economy. Water stress adds to the challenge, because 66.5% of China’s...

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Wil Thomas

Runways Underwater: Maps Show Where Rising Seas Threaten 80 Airports Around the World

3 semanas 1 día ago
Runways Underwater: Maps Show Where Rising Seas Threaten 80 Airports Around the World Comments|Add Comment|PrintOffutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Rachelle Blake/U.S. Air Force Airports are a major part of a country’s infrastructure. In addition to being travel hubs, they also enable economic activities and play a key role in national security. But many are vulnerable to sea level rise, especially those established in low-lying coastal areas. Using sea level rise data from...

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