Posts tagged with 'United States'
25 Countries, Housing One-quarter of the Population, Face Extremely High Water Stress
25 Countries, Housing One-quarter of the Population, Face Extremely High Water Stress
New data from WRI’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas show that 25 countries — housing one-quarter of the global population — face extremely high water stress each year, regularly using up almost their entire available water supply. And at least 50% of the ...
5 Countries Taking Action to Reach Net-Zero Targets
5 Countries Taking Action to Reach Net-Zero Targets
To date, over 90 countries have set net-zero emissions targets, committing to help prevent the most harmful impacts from climate change. But questions remain around the credibility of many of these pledges and whether these goals will be met. Together, countries with net-zero targets — which ...
A Roadmap to Achieving 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy
A Roadmap to Achieving 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy
Over the past 10 years, large energy buyers including corporations and cities have taken major strides to reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by setting 100% renewable energy targets and then purchasing renewable electricity to demonstrate progress on an annual basis.  ...
Poor Air Quality Isn’t the Only Way Wildfires Affect Cities
Poor Air Quality Isn’t the Only Way Wildfires Affect Cities
Thousands of people in Quebec, Canada evacuated their homes this month due to raging wildfires. More than 400 miles away, New York City experienced its worst air quality in history, and briefly had the worst air quality of any city in the ...
How Cities are Leading in the Fight Against Plastic Pollution
How Cities are Leading in the Fight Against Plastic Pollution
“Plastic kills, and the damages of plastic pollution have no borders. We cannot beat plastic pollution if we don’t tackle climate change, environmental loss and food crises at the same time.”  That was the powerful message Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo ...
Recognizing the Long Road Ahead to Urban Connectivity in the US
Recognizing the Long Road Ahead to Urban Connectivity in the US
In March 2023, the White House announced its federal budget, including funding for a groundbreaking initiative: the Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP). The program is unlike anything the U.S. has supported in the past as it will provide matching ...
The State of Electric School Bus Adoption in the US
The State of Electric School Bus Adoption in the US
Editor’s Note: This article was updated in April 2023 with new findings from WRI’s dataset tracking electric school bus adoption in the United States, covering October to December 2022. To the best of our knowledge, these statistics are updated as of Dec. ...
Restoring Degraded Forests Could Bring Back Lost Rainfall, Cooler Temperatures
Restoring Degraded Forests Could Bring Back Lost Rainfall, Cooler Temperatures
Many people point to forest restoration as a way to curb climate change, where replanted forests sequester carbon in trees and soils. But emerging evidence shows that restoration can provide non-carbon climate benefits, too — in particular, reducing heat and regulating rainfall. Here’s what ...
4 Solutions to Enhance the Credibility of China's Subnational Transport Carbon Emissions Inventories
4 Solutions to Enhance the Credibility of China’s Subnational Transport Carbon Emissions Inventories
China’s transport CO2 emissions accounted for 11% of the world’s transport greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, following only the United States (21%), according to data from Climate Watch. And these numbers have been growing rapidly: The average annual growth rate of China’s transport ...
7 Ways Faith Organizations Are Making Cities More Sustainable and Equitable
7 Ways Faith Organizations Are Making Cities More Sustainable and Equitable
About two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. While cities are hubs of innovation and opportunity, the increasing pace of urbanization also exacerbates inequality, stresses infrastructure, and fuels climate change, air pollution and other environmental problems. The ...
5 Shifts Needed to Transform Transportation Systems and Meet Climate Goals
5 Shifts Needed to Transform Transportation Systems and Meet Climate Goals
Transportation connects us to one another. It’s how we get to school and work, how we visit our families, and how we access our food and health care. It’s also how we ship goods and deliver services. As economies and ...
5 Priorities for Urban Climate Action in 2023 and Beyond
5 Priorities for Urban Climate Action in 2023 and Beyond
We now have less than seven years to cut emissions in half in order to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees C, the limit scientists say is necessary for averting some of the most dangerous climate impacts. 2022 saw flooding, drought and severe ...
Electric School Buses Can Fight – or Further — Inequity in the US
Electric School Buses Can Fight – or Further — Inequity in the US
More than 20 million students in the United States ride school buses every year. This equals approximately 7 billion trips per year, making school buses one of the most widely used forms of public transport in the United States.  But those trips aren’t always ...
Local Governments Have Opportunities to Accelerate the E-Mobility Transition in the US With New Federal Funding
Local Governments Have Opportunities to Accelerate the E-Mobility Transition in the US With New Federal Funding
The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act marked two of the most profound pieces of climate legislation in U.S. history. With approximately $370 billion available for climate and clean energy investments and $50 billion ...
How Cities Can Build Food System Resilience
How Cities Can Build Food System Resilience
Let’s not forget what we learned during 2020 about the fragility of our food supply chains: the prevailing, globalized model is as fragile as a spider web. It can shatter into dangling threads in times of crisis, such as a pandemic ...
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