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

Forest Trends | Posted 09.24.2015 | 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.

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.