Monthly Archives: July 2014

How The Tolo River People Of Colombia Harnessed Carbon Finance To Save Their Rainforest

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Colombia’s Tolo River People collectively own 32,000 acres of rainforest, and that forest feeds the river on which they depend. But ownership means nothing if you can’t protect it. Four years ago, the decided to start harnessing carbon finance to save the forest and preserve their way of life. This is their story. 28 July…

REDD Fact Sheet: Debunking The Myths; Delineating The Details

Roughly 15% of all greenhouse gasses come from the destruction of tropical rainforests, and Peru has promised to make that a central theme of this December’s climate talks there. That makes sense, because the country has pioneered the use of carbon finance for Reducing greenhouse-gas Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) – the innovative financing mechanism that is…

Wrestling With Orangutans: How Private Conservation Saved The Seruyan Forest

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As a former collegiate wrestler, Todd Lemons knew the look of an eager athlete ready to grapple, and these orangutans had that look in spades. He encountered them in the forest behind Orangutan Foundation International‘s (OFI) orphanage in Pangkalan Bun, on the island of Borneo. All were adolescents who had witnessed the murder of one or both of…

Three Images That Illustrate The Challenge Of Life On A Managed Planet

The Met Office's Poster for "Human Dynamics of Climate Change"

Earlier this year, the US Climate Assessment warned of parched prairies and flaming forests if we don’t reel in climate change right now. Sixteen retired US admirals and generals then warned that droughts and other climate disruptions were about to make the world a very dangerous place. Now the United Kingdom’s weather service, the Met Office, has tried to…