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Carbon Pricing Works: The Case for a Global System

Rachael Willis | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Rachael Willis

The inevitable carbon taxes in an evolving clean-energy future are what spooks investors and those accountable to them most. Fossil fuel companies' stubborn refusal to surrender their outdated business models ignores the fact that carbon pricing isn't just imminent, but is likely to work.

A Plan to Tackle a Changing Climate

John Roome | Posted 04.14.2016 | Green
John Roome

When the rains came to Senegal's capital and largest city, Dakar, in 2009, the people in Cite de Soleil were up to their chests in water. Looking forward, the climate models suggest that this will only get worse.

How to Blend It? Mixing Public and Private Finance to Implement the Paris Agreement

Renat Heuberger | Posted 03.16.2016 | Green
Renat Heuberger

We saw the year 2015 close with a cheer as nearly 200 countries adopted the landmark Paris Agreement during the COP21 climate negotiations. Now in the New Year, we find ourselves back in the real economy and wonder how we can mobilize the trillions of investments needed to implement it.

Can Brazil's 'Green Municipalities' Save the Amazon?

Steve Zwick | Posted 03.07.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

Consumer giants like Unilever and Marks & Spencer have promised to source materials from states and regions that slash deforestation, but slowing deforestation requires buy-in at every level of society.

Part II: Reflections on COP 21- Inspired for 2016 by Business and Finance

Catherine Cunningham | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Catherine Cunningham

A Deeper Reflection on Why The World Reached an International Agreement at this COP 21 The year 2016 marks a new era of global cooperation on clim...

Climate Finance: Make or Break in Paris Deal

Renee Karunungan | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
Renee Karunungan

Negotiating block G77 and China, composed of 134 developing countries, released a statement on Wednesday that the new language on the negotiating text "threatens the out come here in Paris."

What Will Happen At the Paris Climate Conference?

Renat Heuberger | Posted 09.16.2015 | Green
Renat Heuberger

COP21, the next UN climate summit in Paris, is only a few months away. Therefore, we have decided to roll out our big crystal ball and present you our 10 key outcomes you should (and should not) expect from Paris.

Indigenous People Build Fund for Direct Access to Climate Finance, Push for More Active Role in Proceedings

Forest Trends | Posted 06.25.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

Hundreds of millions of dollars in climate finance have been pledged to helping indigenous people manage their territories, but all of that money now flows through intermediaries. Here's how the Amazon's largest federation of indigenous organizations aims to change that.

The Tanker Has Turned

Aron Cramer | Posted 05.29.2016 | Green
Aron Cramer

I am optimistic that we can still get on course for a 2°C future. It won't be easy, but the discussions last week in Paris provide many reasons to believe this transformation is underway -- and gaining steam.

A Strong Beginning Makes Way for Improved Results: Equality in Climate Finance Mechanisms

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 05.14.2016 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

Climate change is happening now and it's happening globally--it affects everyone everywhere. However, climate change will not affect everyone equally.

Global Wave of New Coal Plants Is Going Bust, New Report Finds

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Since 2010, for every coal plant completed worldwide, two proposed coal plants have been shelved or cancelled.

No Need to Sacrifice the Planet's Arteries to Save Her Lungs

Peter Bosshard | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The People's Climate March will hopefully set some official pants on fire and speed up the capitalization of the new fund. At the same time, we need to be vigilant that the powers that be don't abuse the GCF as honey pots from which they can fund business-as-usual or outright destructive projects.

While We March For The Climate, Governments Meet With Polluters

Janet Redman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
Janet Redman

Our leaders aren't just dithering at the edges while the planet burns -- they're actively inviting the very companies that are causing this crisis to help fix it.

World's Philanthropists and Foundations, Use Your Financial Power Against Global Warming

Jeremy Leggett | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Jeremy Leggett

In the largest and most international declaration ever published by environmentalists, 160 leaders from 46 countries have called on the world's foundations and philanthropists to use investments worth hundreds billions of dollars to turn the tide on global warming.

Protecting and Growing Forests to Save the Climate -- a Business Opportunity for Latin America?

Renat Heuberger | Posted 06.01.2014 | Green
Renat Heuberger

The start of this year's World Economic Forum on Latin America in Panama coincides with a landmark in the research on climate change: More than 2000 s...

Fighting for the Soul of Climate Finance

Brandon Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Brandon Wu

As UN climate talks kick off in Poland this week, arguments about money are likely to take center stage. But this year's twist to a familiar tale is a strategic shift by rich countries to a more fundamental, and troublesome, debate about what even counts as "climate finance."

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due: U.S. Government Funds for Climate Change Adaptation

Kathleen Mogelgaard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Mogelgaard

As it stands now, the U.S. government is taking credit for climate adaptation in its development programs, but how much credit is actually due?

Electrifying Africa... But at What Cost to Africans?

Janet Redman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Janet Redman

Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.

Where's the Money? The Elephant in the Boardroom

Brandon Wu | Posted 08.25.2013 | Green
Brandon Wu

These design aspects of the GCF are crucial, and the Board must get them right in order to ensure that the GCF benefits the world's most vulnerable in a sustainable and inclusive manner. But a larger question looms over the whole affair. Where is the money?

Wall Street's Climate Finance Bonanza

Janet Redman | Posted 06.17.2013 | DC
Janet Redman

Governments in the developed world shouldn't pass the buck to the private sector. They must act now.

Top Three International Climate Actions We Urge of Secretary Kerry

Jake Schmidt | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Today, 60 leading environmental, conservation, development and faith-based organizations urged Secretary Kerry to emphasize the severity of the threat of climate change and spur bold and immediate action.

World Bank Doesn't Belong at the Green Climate Fund's Drawing Table

Janet Redman | Posted 06.07.2011 | Green
Janet Redman

The Green Climate Fund should remain fully independent from the World Bank. Its design committee should engage experts from UN agencies and all regions of the world.

Planning for Failure: Will the Cancun Conference Be Copenhagen Redux?

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

With the UN's Cancun Climate Conference due to kick off at the end of November, environmental ministers and climate change negotiators have been very busy the past few weeks.

Tianjin Climate Talks Recap: Little Progress on the Policies

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

The six-day Tianjin climate talks, which concluded this weekend, made so little progress that some diplomats openly wondered whether continuing the UNFCCC process was even politically worthwhile.

China: Unwilling to Play the Climate Negotiation Game

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

Although China and Japan are deeply connected trading partners, the Asian giants sit on opposite sides of the climate debate. In spite of their differences, the two countries have a history of climate cooperation.