Monthly Archives: April 2015

Climate Negotiators Want Emissions Trading Rules – Even If They Don’t Plan To Play the Game

The United States and the European Union both excluded market-based mechanisms to reduce emissions in the national climate plans they submitted to the United Nations. But negotiators say a framework for international emissions trading is needed, even if many countries won’t use it (yet). 29 April 2015 | Implementation, balance, inclusiveness. Those are the three…

High-Risk African Nations Ratcheting Up Support For Results-Based Finance

The African Carbon Forum wrapped up last week in Morocco with calls to beef up funding for results-based finance and improve existing market-like mechanisms, such as the Clean Development Mechanism, as the eight-month countdown to year-end talks in Paris begins. 21 April 2015 | Africa generates very little in the way of greenhouse gas emissions,…

Tight Federal Deadlines May Keep U.S. States Out Of Existing Cap-and-Trade Programs

Several U.S. states are considering joining existing cap-and-trade programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to comply with pending carbon rules from the federal government. However, a major obstacle in doing so is the tight deadlines that federal officials have set for states to submit compliance plans.  17 April 2015| Want to join an…

The Climate Trust: Blazing the Oregon carbon trail

When Oregon-based The Climate Trust (TCT) was tasked with identifying and securing offsets back in 1997, there were precious few to find. This challenge shaped the organization as it stands today: TCT continues to trailblaze with new methodologies and innovative financing solutions, including a potential green bond to fund carbon offset projects. Author: Kelley Hamrick…

Emerging From The Darkness: New Process Aims To Tackle Black Carbon

Maasai woman cooks with open fire

Soot and smoke no longer blanket London and other Western cities like they once did, but these and other forms of “black carbon” continue to plague families in developing countries. Now a new Gold Standard methodology will offer clean cookstoves projects the chance to access a new source of funding for reducing these emissions. 23…

Venturing Into Uncharted Territory: Applying Net Positive Impacts For Biodiversity In Forestry And Agriculture

For many land-use sectors, the mitigation hierarchy is an effective way to manage the possible loss of biodiversity that comes with development. However, it isn’t used in several significant sectors like agriculture and forestry. That may be changing as new research finds that using the hierarchy can lead to net positive impacts for biodiversity within…

Doubts Persist About Australia’s Climate Policy Shift Ahead Of First Emissions Reduction Auction

Australia drew the ire of the environmental community when it backed away from its carbon pricing program last year and established a nearly AU$2.6 billion Emissions Reduction Fund in its place. With the first auction coming up this week, critical issues still need to be resolved, including whether the funding will be sufficient to incentivize…