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War, Peace, and Climate: How Carbon Trading Can Help Avert Resource Wars

Steve Zwick | Posted 07.08.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

This story first appeared on Ecosystem Marketplace. Liberian environmentalist Silas Siakor knows all too well what can happen to a fragile nation whe...

Ghana Taps Carbon Markets To Avert A Chocolate Shortage

Forest Trends | Posted 06.13.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

This story first appeared on Ecosystem Marketplace. Click here to view the original. By Tabitha Muriuki In Ghana, cocoa is king: it accounts for almo...

Indonesia's East Kalimantan Province Commits To New Green Growth Pathway

Justin Adams | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Justin Adams

East Kalimantan is a microcosm for many of the world's development dilemmas, with its leaders grappling with the challenge of how to bring millions of people out of poverty without destroying the natural resources that local people and the local economy depend upon.

In Putting A Price On Carbon, What We Don't Know Could Kill Us

Steve Zwick | Posted 05.17.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

This story first appeared on Ecosystem Marketplace The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pegs the social cost of carbon at roughly $40 per ton...

Time to Brace for Frantic Two Years on Climate Change

Steve Zwick | Posted 05.16.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

This story first appeared on Ecosystem Marketplace. "The press used to ask me for many years: 'Why is this going so slowly?'" said Christiana Fig...

Why Indigenous People Should Care About California's Cap-and-Trade Program

Forest Trends | Posted 05.06.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

The US state of California has slashed greenhouse-gas emissions while powering one of North America's strongest economies, largely by embracing a syst...

As California Contemplates REDD+, Clarity Should Trump Confusion

Forest Trends | Posted 04.30.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

After a decade of deliberation, the US state of California may soon let its companies meet part of their emission-reduction obligations by saving forests in places like the Mexican state of Chiapas. For it to work, the process must not only be socially and scientifically rigorous; it must also be well-communicated.

13 Trillion Reasons This Earth Day Is Different From All Others

Steve Zwick | Posted 04.22.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

Houston is drowning and the Brazilian Amazon is baking while average global temperatures seem destined to rise at least 1.5 degrees Celsius over the next century. That's the threshold beyond which climate science gets foggy, and it's gonna be a challenging hundred years, to say the least, but there's reason to celebrate this Earth Day.

Who owns the Earth: Why the world needs women on Earth Day and beyond

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 04.21.2016 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

Representing a scientific environmental organization focused on valuing and conserving nature, we are often asked why the International Union for Cons...

How Brazil Hopes to Save the Amazon One Jurisdiction at a Time

Steve Zwick | Posted 04.06.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

This story first appeared on Ecosystem Marketplace Former Brazilian President Inácio "Lula" da Silva may be in hot water these days, but he was ridi...

Will Carbon Offsetting Go Mainstream at South by Southwest?

Steve Zwick | Posted 03.17.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

The 29th annual South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) kicked off in Austin, Texas on Friday, and hundreds of thousands of concertgoers are flocking to the city. Most are coming by plane, bus, and automobile - emitting greenhouse gases in the process.

Indonesia Can Now Track Forest Carbon With 95 Percent Certainty, But Peat Proves Problematic

Steve Zwick | Posted 03.10.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

The Tropical Forest Alliance is holding its general assembly in Jakarta this week, and it's hard to imagine a more appropriate setting.

Brazil's "Green Municipalities": What Works? What Doesn't? Why?

Steve Zwick | Posted 03.07.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

In 2008, the Brazilian administrative district of Paragominas had one of the highest rates of deforestation in the Amazon. By 2010, it had turned itse...

Forests, Farms, and Fields Absorb 15 Percent of U.S. Carbon Emissions, and No One Knows What's Going to Happen to Them

Steve Zwick | Posted 02.25.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

We always hear that everything's bigger in Texas, but what about Alaska? It's bigger than Texas, California and Montana combined, and its forests hold almost half the living wood of the United States.

Land and Ocean Grabs Not the Solution to Climate Change

Salena Tramel | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Salena Tramel

When Hiba Al-Jibeihi stepped off her flight in Paris in early December, it was her first time outside the occupied Palestinian territories where she had lived all of her 24 years.

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.

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 practice is...

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.