Steve Zwick

Avoided Deforestation Could Land On Green Climate Fund’s Fast Track

The Green Climate Fund gained momentum during the international climate negotiations here in Lima, Peru, surpassing the $10 billion mark and securing landmark financial commitments from both developed and developing countries. Now the race begins to assess and finance the first projects, including possibly REDD+, ahead of the Paris climate talks in December 2015. 12…

Indonesia Vows: We Will Be Ready For Results-Based REDD Payments By End Of 2016

While negotiators here in Lima enter their last two days of talks, Indonesia says it will be ready to begin receiving results-based payments for REDD+ by 2016. In a wide-ranging talk delivered late last night, the head of the country’s REDD+ Agency said it had not only finished its reference levels, but had implemented institutional…

EM REDD Roundtable

As climate talks hit the halfway point, negotiators have pushed further talk of safeguards back to June, 2015, in order to focus on creating a framework for Intended Nationally-Determined Contributions to halt climate change. We sat down with some of our trusted sources to find out where they felt REDD and INDCs stood. 7 December…

Christiana Figueres: Up Close And Personal On Carbon Markets

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres sees a key role for markets in verifying that the emissions reductions promised by countries in upcoming climate plans are actually achieved. The new bottom-up approach to the climate negotiations means that the era of carbon market experimentation underway in California, China, South Africa, and other places is likely to…

Indigenous People Call For Scaled Up REDD As Study Highlights Precarious State Of Territorial Forests

Most indigenous people have resisted the temptation to chop their forests for gain – leaving them short of development largesse, but also in the lurch when it comes to financing programs aimed at saving forests that are clearly in danger. Now a new peer-reviewed paper says more than half the land under indigenous protection is,…

Wednesday In Lima: Indigenous Organizations To Propose Use Of Life Plan Success As Benchmark For REDD+

Peruvian indigenous organization FENAMAD says it’s time to start using indigenous life plans as a benchmark of REDD+ success. On Wednesday, they will present their ideas at a side event in Lima. 1 December 2014 | Indigenous people across the Amazon have created “Life Plans” to dock their traditional economies and ways of life with…

Studies Identify Cities As Low-Lying Fruit In Effort To Slow Climate Change

Population growth is hard to project, but demographically it’s clear that we’re growing more in cities than in the countryside, and Graham Floater of the London School of Economics says that cities will absorb roughly two-thirds of the world’s population growth over the next 20 years. “If this rapid urban growth is managed badly, we…

Zombies, Aliens, And The IPCC

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change delivered another clear, concise, and science-based analysis of the climate challenge this weekend. Chock-full of dire warnings and hopeful solutions, it reminds us again that we can fix this mess, even as evidence mounts that we won’t. Here’s a quick look at the latest findings in a sad saga…

Madagascar Student Punks Anti-Biotech Brigade With Silly, Simplistic Pap. They Are Not Amused.

On May 30, the global group March Against Monsanto (see GLP Facts) held its third coordinated protest in hundreds of cities around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people reportedly participated. But what does this group really stand for beyond their obvious disdain for one company, Monsanto, and biotechnology? One student in Madagascar embarked on…

Ghost Of Milton Friedman Materializes In Chicago, Endorses A Price On Carbon

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Climate scientists agree that we’re changing the climate in dangerous ways, and economists say we can slow the mess with a price on carbon. Last week, the University of Chicago resurrected its most famous economist to find out what he’d do, and the result is a fascinating, informative, and even entertaining dialectic on the economics…