Monthly Archives: July 2015

Banks Aren’t Doing Their Part To End Deforestation. Here’s How They Can – And Why They Should

Companies around the world are tripping over each other to make “zero deforestation” pledges, but that won’t mean a thing if the banks that finance them ignore deforestation liability. A new study says that’s exactly what’s happening, but there’s a simple solution. Will the banks bite? 29 July 2015 | The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)…

13 Powerhouse American Companies Have Taken Obama’s New Climat Pledge. What Does It Mean For Forests?

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, but only three companies – Cargill, PepsiCo, and Walmart – made any explicit mention of purging deforestation from…

Chapter Five: The Last Mapimaí

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Carbon Cowboys and REDD Indians

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Carbon Cowboys and REDD IndiansJamnabe remained vigorous and active well into his 80s, with jet-black hair and week-long walks in the woods. Itabira says he was hardly an outlier in that respect, because if you made it to the age of 30 back then, you…

Chapter Four: Jamnabe

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Carbon Cowboys and REDD Indians

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Carbon Cowboys and REDD IndiansThe end of the rubber wars coincided with the arrival of another group of Whites, who created the small outpost that eventually became the city of Cacoal, and who bartered with the Paiter for access to their land. They started turning up…

Chapter Three: Apocalypse And Exodus

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Carbon Cowboys and REDD Indians

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Carbon Cowboys and REDD IndiansIn his fascinating 2006 book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Charles Mann tells the story of Allan Holmberg, a young doctoral student who spent the early 1940s living with an indigenous people called the Sirionó. “Crouched over meager…

US EPA To Approve California’s Newest List Of Impaired Waterways

More than 40,000 miles of California’s rivers and streams are currently threatened by pollution, according to a list of impaired waterways submitted by the state to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Monitoring of rivers, lakes and coastal waters in California continue to show harmful pollutant levels, based on updates to the list from three of the…