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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…

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,…

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…

A Precautionary Take On GMOs

Opponents of genetic engineering in agriculture have been engaged in something of an uphill battle in the United States, with independent scientific groups largely finding that genetically modified crops seem safe to grow and eat, and such crops now accounting for a majority of the country’s corn and soybeans. However, a recent paper by a…

The New REDD: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation with Drones

Two weeks after the murder of four Asháninka in the Peruvian Amazon, indigenous leaders Cándido Mézua of the National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP) and Henderson Renjifo Hualinga of the  Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP), together with representatives of Panama’s National Environment Authority (ANAM), will announce today…

REDD Fact Sheet: Debunking The Myths; Delineating The Details

Roughly 15% of all greenhouse gasses come from the destruction of tropical rainforests, and Peru has promised to make that a central theme of this December’s climate talks there. That makes sense, because the country has pioneered the use of carbon finance for Reducing greenhouse-gas Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) – the innovative financing mechanism that is…