Jay Owen Earth Systems Science

World Resources Institute






WRI’s Land and Resource Rights project, in partnership with the Rights and Resources Initiative, released a groundbreaking new report, Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forests Rights Mitigates Climate Change. The report reveals that legally recognized community forests store 37 billion tonnes of carbon – 29 times the annual carbon footprint of all the passenger vehicles in the world – and can be a key strategy for curbing climate change. Links to presentation slides, blogs, infographics, videos, and other resources are available on the Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change event page. Pictured above, President and CEO Andrew Steer shares the report recommendations.

The solution to the very visible global problems of deforestation, desertification and food scarcity may be hiding in plain sight: the transformative ability to restore degraded land to productive use.

Global Forest Watch-Fires (GFW-Fires) uses cutting-edge technology and analysis developed by the Global Forest Watch partnership to better enable governments, businesses, researchers, and civil society to monitor and respond to forest fires and haze. By working with national and local governments in Indonesia, GFW-Fires helps to shorten fire response time, support more effective enforcement against illegal fires, and ensure those who are illegally burning are held accountable.







Staying on world’s current emissions trajectory will cost 3.5-4 percent of global GDP by 2100 and then continue to rise, thanks to damages incurred by unmitigated sea level rise, extreme weather, and other impacts.

U.S. GHG emissions data available through CAIT 2.0 helps provide critical context for evaluating and understanding the proposed EPA power sector standard and other domestic climate policy initiatives.


Global Forest Watch satellite data reveals a major new threat to Canada’s boreal forests – tar sands development.


Mumbai and New York City showcase an emerging urban design lesson: Sprawling cities decrease quality of life; compact, mixed-use developments yield economic and social benefits.

How can the world sustainably secure more food? Use advances in molecular biology to renew the commitment to breeding better crops.


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