WASHINGTON (June 30, 2016)– WRI is pleased to announce that Carole Excell, Project Director of The Access Initiative (TAI) at WRI, has been selected to serve as the sole external member of United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Access to Information Panel.
WASHINGTON (June 29, 2016)— Leaders from the United States, Canada and Mexico announced a comprehensive suite of new collaborative measures to combat climate change, meet their respective emissions targets and expand clean energy opportunities at the North American Leadership Summit in Ottawa, Canada.
BEIJING (June 8, 2016)— At the second China-US Climate Smart/Low Carbon Cities Summit, representatives from more than 50 cities came together to enhance cooperation on low-carbon development. Twelve Chinese cities pledged to peak their carbon emissions earlier than China’s national target of 2030, joining the 11 founding cities and provinces of the Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities (APPC). The APPC was launched in 2015 at the China-US Climate-Smart/Low Carbon Cities Summit.
WASHINGTON (June 7, 2016)-Prime Minister Modi and President Obama today released a new U.S.-India Joint Announcement on Climate and Clean Energy. The statement includes developments on a number of climate and energy related issues, including the Paris Agreement, Montreal Protocol and clean energy. This builds on previous announcements by the two countries last year.
Following is a statement by Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute:
WASHINGTON (June 2, 2016) – At the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) and inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial today in San Francisco, the U.S. joined 21 governments and the European Union to announce new investments in renewable energy, including nearly $30 billion per year in clean energy research and development by 2021.
The climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany concluded today. This is the only formal round of international negotiations between the Paris climate summit last December and the forthcoming climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco (COP22) in November.
Following is a statement from David Waskow, International Climate Director, World Resources Institute:
WASHINGTON (MAY 12, 2016)— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized the first-ever federal standards for methane emissions from new and modified sources in the oil and natural gas sectors. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas pollutant, with up to 34 times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide, and it accounts for roughly one-quarter of human-made global warming. Methane valued at more than $1 billion escapes from oil and natural gas extraction processes in the U.S.
WASHINGTON (APRIL 21, 2016)– Tomorrow, country representatives from around the world are gathering in New York City for the Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony. Over 150 countries have indicated they will formally sign the agreement, far exceeding the most first-day signatures any international pact in history.
Earlier today the United States and Canada released a joint statement outlining a variety of ways both countries are taking action on climate change and advancing low-carbon energy. One of the most significant developments is that the United States is starting a process to develop rules that will limit methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas infrastructure for the first time.
Following is a statement from Sam Adams, US Climate Director, World Resources Institute:
This week, Berta Cáceres was tragically murdered in her home in Honduras. Cáceres was an internationally recognized champion of the environment and indigenous people’s rights, including a winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize Award. Cáceres was widely recognized for her defense of indigenous peoples’ land and protector of her beloved Rio Blanco in Honduras.