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

Steve Zwick | Posted 02.11.2016 | 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.

An Open Letter To The Fossil-Fuel Sector: Save Yourselves By Saving Forests

Steve Zwick | Posted 02.04.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

The fossil fuel industry faces an existential dilemma. It produces and uses the very materials that contribute the most to global warming -- and at a time when humanity aims to develop a new energy infrastructure based primarily on renewables.

Mangroves Slow Climate Change By Sequestering Massive Amounts of Carbon. Why Aren't We Working Harder to Save Them?

Steve Zwick | Posted 02.02.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

It's hard to imagine a more valuable ecosystem than a mangrove forest. These wooded coastal wetlands protect the shoreline from both sudden storms and gradual erosion, and they provide shelter for young fish. This should, in theory, make it easy to find money for mangrove protection.

6 Weeks After Paris, Countries Moving to Build Carbon Markets

Steve Zwick | Posted 02.03.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

When climate negotiators signed off on the historic Paris Agreement in December, they opened the door for countries to begin cross-border trading of greenhouse-gas emission reductions and signaled the advent of a price on carbon, which world leaders from Canada's Justin Trudeau to Ethiopia's Hailemariam Desalegn say is needed to get companies slashing greenhouse-gas emissions today.

2015 Ends With High Hopes for Forests and the Climate, Big Wins for Thievery and Sloth

Steve Zwick | Posted 01.01.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

The warmest year on record is drawing to a close with a flurry of good intentions and bad actions.

The Paris Deal May Finally Stop Us From Destroying Forests

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business

Deforestation contributes significantly to global carbon emissions, but there's some encouraging news: The potential benefit to ending the ...

Markets And Mother Earth Each Find A Home In Paris Climate Accord

Steve Zwick | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Steve Zwick

The Agreement itself is just 31 pages long and contains only 29 articles, but each of those articles is either bolstered by hard-won decisions or lays out a process for achieving more decisions in the future. It's a work of simple elegance worthy of James Joyce.

Returning to Our Roots: Saving Forests and Curbing Climate Change

Tom Dillon | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
Tom Dillon

Carbon reduction pledges going into the Paris negotiations will get us about halfway to where science says we need to be to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Focusing on forests can help bridge that gap.

New Finance Commitments for Forests Build Momentum in Paris; Much More Action Needed

Gustavo Silva-Chávez | Posted 11.30.2015 | Green
Gustavo Silva-Chávez

Forest Trends applauds today's announcement from the governments of Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom, whose joint commitment of finance to keep tropical forests standing provides positive momentum at the beginning of the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris.

M&S Sustainability Boss to Peers: "Nobody's Perfect; Come Clean on Your Progress"

Forest Trends | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Forest Trends

More than 50 companies endorsed last year's New York Declaration on Forests, but the Ecosystem Marketplace initiative Supply Change finds that only half the companies it tracks have disclosed their progress.

Are Companies Keeping Their Climate Pledges? Find Out Wednesday in New York

Forest Trends | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

We also look to see which of the "big four" commodities are getting greener, and which aren't. Then we assess the correlation between sustainability and other practices, such as support for human rights, peatland protection, and transparency in supply chains.

13 Powerhouse American Companies Have Taken Obama's New Climate Pledge. What Does It Mean for Forests?

Forest Trends | Posted 07.27.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Thirteen major US companies today took the White House's "American Business Act on Climate" pledge to slash their greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change. The pledges commit to at least $140 billion in new low-carbon investment.

How Women Are Effecting Change in Kenya's Kasigau Corridor

Geoff Livingston | Posted 07.16.2015 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

It is well known that women are more likely to invest in their communities than men, and that a developing country that invests in women advances quicker and further. What is amazing is to see this phenomena occur in a society, as I did last month in Kenya.

Things White People Like - As Told By a Hadza Tribesman

Forest Trends | Posted 07.09.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

When the Hadza hunter-gatherer people of northern Tanzania decided to slow deforestation in the Yaeda Valley, they turned to carbon markets. First, they had to do something they'd never done before: secure rights to the land they had been inhabiting for for 40,000 years.

Seedlings and Children: Taking Care of Our Common Future

Forest Trends | Posted 07.07.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

A group of Surui men tromp through the forests, carrying heavy loads. Yet they are not loggers with a mission to clear-cut the trees and ship them to be made into expensive furniture. Rather, these indigenous people carry machetes and seedlings.

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

Forest Trends | Posted 06.25.2015 | 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 Pope is Right on Climate, Wrong on Offsetting

Forest Trends | Posted 07.13.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Offsetting isn't a complete and total "fix" to the climate mess, and it isn't intended to be. Poorly implemented, it may even become the ploy the pope worries about. But done right, it's an incredibly effective tool in a very large toolbox, yet it will only deliver on a large scale if it's embedded in a functional, well-regulated, and global climate-change response.

Forests Win Big In Bonn Climate Breakthrough

Forest Trends | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Climate negotiators here celebrated the inauguration of their headquarters in the repurposed "World Conference Center Bonn" with a draft agreement on how to slow climate change by reducing deforestation in developing countries.

How Indigenous People Are Exploring Many Shades Of REDD

Forest Trends | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

REDD could, in theory, help them address their needs and keep illegal logging at bay, but to earn REDD offsets, they'll have to prove two things.

The Forest, The Farms and the Finance: Why the Tolo River People Turned to Carbon Finance

Forest Trends | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

About This Series  Colombia's Tolo River People collectively own 32,000 acres of rainforest, and that forest feeds the river on which they depend. Bu...

How the Tolo River People of Colombia Harnessed Carbon Finance to Save Their Rainforest

Forest Trends | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

It's a challenge faced by forest people around the world, and one that impacts all of us. Indeed, the loss of pristine forest in the tropics and its blow to biodiversity and ecosystem services are massive and irreversible. To make matters even worse, carbon emissions from deforestation compound the problem of climate change.

Where Chocolate Meets Carbon: One Peruvian Project Finds the Sweet Spot

Forest Trends | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Last November, a group of Dutch businessmen found themselves far from their desks, standing damp but happy in the Peruvian rainforest, where they'd come to visit the forest they were paying to save.

St Louis Artist Raps of Ecosystem Services on Earth Day

Forest Trends | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Two days after posting what may be the first rap song about ecosystem services, spoken-word artist Prince Ea has drawn nearly 25 million visitors to the video of his song "Sorry", which begins as a hypothetical apology to future generations but mutates into a call to action inspired by visits to forest carbon projects in Africa.

Led by European Union, Industrialized Countries to Start Unveiling Climate-Change Strategies This Week

Forest Trends | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

On Wednesday, the European Union will unveil its post-2020 climate-change strategy, kicking off a 40-day period during which most industrialized nations are expected to upload their strategies to the United Nations web site.

The Heat Is On: Via Campesina and Allies Challenge Climate Capitalism

Salena Tramel | Posted 03.28.2015 | Green
Salena Tramel

A new report by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indisputably confirms what many scientists had predicted: 2014 is officially the hottest year on record.