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

Forest Trends | Posted 05.18.2015 | 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...

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

Forest Trends | Posted 05.18.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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.

At the Heart of COP20: Loss and Damage

Bianca Jagger | Posted 02.13.2015 | Green
Bianca Jagger

Over the past thirteen days world leaders and representatives from 195 countries, members of the business community, academics, NGOs, indigenous and grassroots organisations, a total of over 12,000 international visitors have descended on Lima.

The Forest That Fights Climate Change

Will Turner | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green
Will Turner

The opportunities to harness tropical forests as nature's climate change solution are essential and immediately available, but disappearing. We must act now.

Edwin Chota's Dream

Forest Trends | Posted 11.09.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

Edwin Chota was one of four members of the Ashéninka people murdered in the Peruvian Amazon last week for the sin of protecting the forest. But Chota...

Deforestation: The Over-Looked Climate Driver and What You Can Do About It

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Rosaly Byrd

Although many might say that an individual's purchasing decisions have a minimal impact, it is everyone's responsibility to understand the environmental effects of their consumption, and an aggregate shift can have an impact.

Climate Change: Expect the Unexpected

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 08.13.2014 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

In the past few weeks, three different events/situations have kept me wondering about how climate change is impacting our lives in ways we cannot even imagine.

How Brazilian Indigenes Are Tapping Global Finance To Save Endangered Forests And Slow Climate Change

Forest Trends | Posted 08.03.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

Chief Tojtxi never forgot his first, furtive contact with the invaders. "We saw traces of the whites, and fled into the forest," he told Survival Int...

Almir Surui: Perseverance Under Pressure

Forest Trends | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Forest Trends

Almir Surui was ten years old when the first logging truck came to his tiny village deep in the Amazon Rainforest. It came to chop down a single stand...

This Earth Day, Let's Focus on Results Instead of Rhetoric

Forest Trends | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Forest Trends

He was not hard to spot. In the shadow of Oxford Castle, under the dome of the Bodleian Library, or from the tower of St. Mary's Church, the vivid fea...

How The REDD+ Community Leverages Online Learning To Protect Our Forests And Reduce Carbon Emissions

Breen Byrnes | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Breen Byrnes

Forests have a critical role to play in the fight against global climate change. Forest loss accounts for up to 20 percent of global carbon emissions -- more than all the cars, trucks, trains, planes and ships in the world. By reducing forest loss, we can reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. It's that simple.

Billions Needed To Fund Deforestation Prevention Plan: Report

Reuters | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green

SAO PAULO, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Donor nations, rainforest-rich countries and multilateral institutions will have to spend tens of billions of dollars i...

Grow Money With Living Trees

Asif Iqbal | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Asif Iqbal

The project will help people understand the importance of forest protection. It will also change mindsets to make living forests a source of earning rather than cutting them down. However, before we talk more about its benefits, we have some real questions to answer.

Carbon Markets are Now Protecting an Area Greater Than all the Forests of the Congo Combined

Forest Trends | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Forest Trends

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgThe last five years have been busy ones for green entrepreneurs like Leslie Durchinger, Mike Korchinsky, and hundreds of others scouring the planet for endangered or degraded forests to conserve.

To The Atlantic: Don't Let Conservation Finance Go The Way Of Obamacare And Climate Science

Forest Trends | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Forest Trends

The American Tea Party hates Obamacare. They hate it with a visceral passion because it's a government program that may - just may - succeed where the...

Key Companies Have Stepped Up on Climate Change. Will Governments Leave Them in The Lurch?

Forest Trends | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Forest Trends

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgFor years the people of Kenya's Kasigau Corridor have been protecting 500,000 acres of endangered dryland forest to prevent 54 million tons of carbon dioxide from soaring into the atmosphere.

Doha, Forests and the Production Tax Credit: On Track to Burn, Baby, Burn

Rachel Smolker | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
Rachel Smolker

Redefining "renewable energy" is vital for protecting forests, communities and climate.

Improving Forestry for Nature, People and the Climate

Mark Tercek | Posted 03.21.2012 | Green
Mark Tercek

As we watch the world debate how best to address climate change, and as carbon emissions continue to soar, at least one climate strategy strikes me as a "no-brainer." We should do everything we can to save the world's forests.

Compromise is Hard: The Problems and Promise of REDD+

Susanna Murley | Posted 02.01.2012 | Green
Susanna Murley

Essentially, these programs would be funded by developed nations to help pay for community forestry projects in developing countries, if the communities can demonstrate that their efforts are saving forests.

How Much Will It Cost To Save The Amazon Rainforest?

Posted 09.06.2011 | Green

From Daniel Cooney of Center for International Forestry Research blog: JUMA RESERVE, Brazil -- Would $33 a month do? That is the amount a project i...

Eat, Drink & Be Merry In Napa Valley

AP | MICHELLE LOCKE | Posted 08.16.2011 | Los Angeles

NAPA, Calif. — Blessed with lavish scenery and luscious wines, the Napa Valley is the kind of place you could spend days exploring. But it's com...