Steve Zwick

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…

Mexico Becomes First Developing Country To Post Climate Action Plan

Mexico on Friday became the first developing country to upload its proposed national climate action plan, known as its “Intended Nationally-Determined Contribution” (INDC) to the United Nations web site. The draft proposal foresees emissions peaking by 2026, and it comes on the heels of Norway’s submission on Thursday. The United States is expected to submit…

WRI Launches New Tool For Tracking And Comparing National Climate Plans

The end of March brings with it the the first deadline for nations to submit their national climate action plans — or “Intended Nationally-Determined Contributions” to the United Nations — but so far, only Switzerland and the European Union have submitted their plans. As with taxes, there’s a lot of procrastinating and an automatic extension — as…

MIT Crowdsourcing Climate-Change Solutions

24 March 2014 | The Climate CoLab has announced twenty-two contests that seek high-impact ideas on how to tackle climate change. A project of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Collective Intelligence, the Climate CoLab seeks to harness the knowledge and expertise of thousands of experts and non-experts across the world to help…

EU Leaves Land-Use Off Its New INDC

9 March 2015 | The European Union (EU) on Friday submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and land use was not part of it. “The INDC was altered from a draft version that included land use in the 2030 goal – a move criticised by green groups…

Coalition Of 600 To CIMI: Stop Telling Lies!

The Amazon Working Group, a grassroots network of 600 associations representing smallholder farms, fishermen, rubber-tappers, and indigenous people, on Friday became the latest association of forest people to condemn Brazil’s powerful Indigenous Missionary Council. Many indigenous leaders say the once-revered institution now fosters dependency rather than allegiance, and does so by fomenting division among those…

Surui Outline Management of Carbon Funds for Community Projects

One year after money began flowing from the Surui Forest Carbon Project, the association that administers the project says funds have been used to support 20 different activities in support of climate and community goals, from fish farms to marketing of locally-produced handicrafts. 25 February 2015 | The Metareilá Association, which is the community organization…

Study Sees $1.6 Billion For Blue Carbon In Louisiana Wetlands

As Louisiana’s wetlands and mangroves retreat, the low-lying state becomes more and more susceptible to hurricanes and other coastal disruptions. Fortunately, mangrove forests also pull massive amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and store it in the ocean floor. A new study says that carbon finance could provide up to $1.6 billion for wetland…

Industrialized Countries To Start Unveiling Climate-Change Strategies This Week

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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. By the end of June, every country in the world should have offered its own Intended Nationally-Determined Contribution to the climate challenge,…

REDD Is In The New Climate Text, But Will It Be An INDC?

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The negotiating text that emerged from climate talks in Geneva includes six options for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) – or, pretty much every option currently floating around the halls. But as countries prepare their Intended Nationally-Determined Contributions (INDCs), it’s not clear that REDD will be recognized as such. 17 February 2015 |…

Stand For Trees: Forest Carbon For The Masses?

High-profile corporates like Disney and Microsoft have traditionally been among the leading buyers of carbon offsets that save endangered rainforest, but a new initiative is betting that these offsets – with their unique, compelling stories – will resonate with individuals as well. 10 February 2015 | Forest carbon has always been a touchy-feely way to…

Paiter-Surui Take Stock Of Community Fund Charged With Managing Finances

In late 2013, the Paiter-Surui indigenous people of the Amazon earned carbon offsets for protecting their forest, and the Surui Fund – which is a governance apparatus developed to manage community finances – began disbursing that income internally in 2014. Some village and clan leaders, however, say the Fund isn’t functioning as it should, and…

Indigenous Leaders Call Foul On Revered Catholic Organization

The Paiter-Surui Metareilá Indigenous Association's response to Porantim's broadside on their efforts to combat deforestation.

Brazil’s Missionary Council for Indigenous Peoples (CIMI) has arguably done more than any other single organization to help indigenous people demarcate their lands, but many indigenous leaders say their onetime protector has become paternalistic and possessive. Last week, after CIMI attacked the Surui Forest Carbon Project, indigenous leaders took to Facebook – and launched a…

Food without Forests? Don’t Count On It

Deforestation has recently been the talk of the United Nations climate change negotiations because of its potential to release huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. But a recent study shows that even without this effect, clearing tropical forests will have important implications for temperature and rainfall – and how deforestation occurs (or doesn’t) matters a…