Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Pope Is Right On Climate, Wrong On Offsetting

Pope Francis’s “Ecumenical Letter on Care for Our Common Home” is elegant, inspirational, and insightful. It may even prove to be transformational if people heed its call to deliver themselves from soul-sucking consumerism and immerse themselves in nature and the brotherhood of man. The Pontiff rightly identifies the drivers of this mess: our disconnection from…

Indigenous People Build Fund For Direct Access To Climate Finance, Push For More Active Role In Proceedings

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. 24 June 2015 | BONN/BARCELONA | Indigenous leader Juan Carlos Jintiach says he was ecstatic…

Dutch Court Says Country Violates Human Rights By Not Meeting Global Norms In Slashing Emissions

A Dutch court today ruled that the country’s government failed to protect human rights by not implementing policies that would reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020. “Based on the State’s current policy, the Netherlands will achieve a reduction of 17% at most in 2020, which is below the norm of 25% to…

The Sustainability Strategy That No One Talked About

Author: Allie Goldstein More than 200 major brands use carbon offsets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent Ecosystem Marketplace report. Representatives from two of those companies, Volcom and Intuit, spoke at Sustainable Brands about how they’re promoting offsetting from within. 15 June 2015 | When Sean Kinghorn started his new job…

It’s Official! REDD+ Is Now Ready For Paris

Climate-change negotiators meeting in Bonn today approved the technical provisions for REDD+, creating a standardized set of mechanisms that countries can begin incorporating into their climate strategies. Still unclear, however, is whether countries can meet their emission-reduction obligations by reducing deforestation abroad. 9 June 2015 | BONN | Germany | Maybe it’s the new digs here…

REDD Dawn: The Birth Of Forest Carbon

Governments around the world will have pledged more than $7 billion to support “REDD”, which is an acronym for “Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation” of forests. The acronym covers a broad set of activities that aim to slow climate change by saving endangered forests and keeping carbon locked in trees. In this series, we…

Brazilian Ecosystem Services Matrix Brings Transparency To Environmental Finance

Brazil is not only a hotbed of ecosystem services, it’s also testing grounds for the market-like payments for ecosystem services approach to conserve and manage these natural services. And now, a new initiative launching this week provides a comprehensive way to track, understand and scale these programs using an interactive mapping and database system.   5…