How Higher Quality Data Can Help Improve Urban Planning and Reduce Inequities
Map of street access in Dar es Salaam
Local-level, high-quality data can provide powerful insights for urban planning and lead to better policies on mobility, climate adaptation, gender equity and more. But only if the inputs are good and there’s enough capacity to analyze it effectively. New technologies ...
5 Cities Show How to Thrive in Turbulent Times
Kids playing at a public park in Barranquilla, Colombia
History shows that when disasters and crises strike, cities often bounce back stronger and more resilient than before. The great Chicago fire famously gave rise to skyscrapers. Infectious disease outbreaks led to public health policies and modern sanitation. The devastation of World War II catalyzed unprecedented ...
How Forests Affect the Fate of Cities in Eastern Brazil
Map of tree cover loss in Brazil
Global forest loss remains high. In 2021, the tropics lost 11.1 million hectares of tree cover, according to WRI’s latest analysis. This annual figure included 3.75 million hectares of loss within tropical primary rainforests, resulting in 2.5 gigatons of CO2 ...
How Prepared Are US Cities to Implement the Justice40 Initiative?
How Prepared Are US Cities to Implement the Justice40 Initiative?
As hubs of talent and innovation, American cities are uniquely positioned to fight climate change and improve the health, economy and well-being of their residents. The Biden administration’s Justice40 Initiative and funding available through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provide rare ...
4 Quick and Sustainable Solutions to High Gas Prices in the US
4 Quick and Sustainable Solutions to High Gas Prices in the US
President Biden suggested that the United States implement a Federal Gas Tax holiday to help consumers weather historically high gas prices. Gas prices doubled in the United States between February 2021 and June 2022, topping out at more than $5 ...
Electric School Buses Win Big in US State Legislative Sessions
Electric School Buses Win Big in US State Legislative Sessions
Electric school buses are experiencing rapid growth in the United States, with a nearly 10-fold increase in commitments by school districts and fleet operators in the past year. Thirty-eight states have now committed to procure more than 12,000 electric school buses.   In ...
Colombia Launches National Roadmap for Net Zero Carbon Buildings
Colombia Launches National Roadmap for Net Zero Carbon Buildings
Decarbonizing the buildings sector is essential to cutting global greenhouse gas emissions. In Colombia, buildings account for 7% of national emissions – smaller than in many countries in part because of the country’s large agriculture, forestry and land use emissions ...
5 Reasons Cities Should Include Trees in Climate Action
5 Reasons Cities Should Include Trees in Climate Action
Cities and communities around the world are stepping up to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prevent dangerous climate change impacts. Their strategies typically focus on reducing emissions from sectors such as transportation, energy, housing and waste. But there’s one sector many communities ...
Cities Should Account for Trees in their Greenhouse Gas Inventories. New Guidance Shows How
Cities Should Account for Trees in their Greenhouse Gas Inventories. New Guidance Shows How
Responsible for more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, action by cities is clearly crucial to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. An important part of this effort is developing local GHG inventories and climate action ...
4 Lessons on Increasing Transport Mitigation Ambition in China
4 Lessons on Increasing Transport Mitigation Ambition in China
Abating China’s transport sector greenhouse gas emissions, which accounted for about 11% of the world’s transport emissions in 2018, is key to meeting both national and global climate goals. In 2021, China updated its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), outlining ambitious ...