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WRI Report Outlines US Carbon Pricing Alternatives

The World Resources Institute (WRI) officially joined a growing consensus around the need for a price on carbon pollution through its recent release of a report intended to serve as a guide for policymakers on carbon pricing. Here, a climate and environment writer outlines WRI’s descriptive report, which presents a range of ideas on decarbonization and pricing greenhouse gas emissions.


Industrialized Countries To Start Unveiling Climate-Change Strategies In March

On Wednesday, the European Union will unveil its post-2020 climate-change strategy, presaging a month when 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, and by October we’ll know how they all fit together.

Ontario Inches Towards Carbon Pricing, Explores Ag And Forestry Offsets

The Canadian province of Ontario looks poised to follow the lead of other jurisdictions in Canada and in the United States by implementing a carbon pricing program, with provincial regulators asking for opinions on what type of program should be implemented. Also on the list is a possible role for the agriculture and forestry sectors, as regulators seek advice for their potential inclusion as carbon offsets.


New Initiative Tracks 500 Entities That Could End Tropical Deforestation

More and more countries and companies are promising to end deforestation by the year 2020, but which ones have the biggest impact, and what are these high-impact entities doing? That’s a question that one organization hopes to answer with a new web platform launching this month. The Global Canopy Programme’s Forest 500 aims to assess and rank the progress of government, investor, and company commitments to end deforestation by 2020.


The Environmental Mortgage: Connecting The Dots Between Microfinance And Ecosystem Services

While microfinance models have been hugely successful on a global scale in providing the means for people to escape extreme poverty, they aren’t often used to finance payments for ecosystem services projects that offer many poverty alleviating benefits. Despite it being risky and costly, both sectors see potential in working together on a larger scale


This Week In Forest Carbon: Indigenous REDD Explored

Two steps forward: Green Assets’ South-Carolina based improved forest management project received its first forest carbon offset issuance for the California market, and Finite Carbon registered new compliance projects in New York and New Hampshire. Two steps back: The first national-level REDD+ Agency in Indonesia may be absorbed into a climate change mitigation directorate, and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has appointed a “chainsaw queen and a climate change denier to top posts.


Gold Standard Announces Marion Verles As New CEO

13 January 2015 | The Gold Standard Foundation, experts in climate and sustainable development activities, today announced the appointment of Marion Verles as the new CEO effective from 1st February 2015. Marion brings more than a decade of relevant industry experience to her new role having previously been the Founder and Executive Director of Nexus Carbon […]


REDDX: Keeping Track Of Forest Carbon Finance In 2015

The coming year will be a pivotal one for climate finance, and especially for forests, as more than $7 billion is set to cumulatively flow to forest-protection efforts aimed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) before the year is over. Here’s what we know about past flows in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania and Vietnam.


Women Key to Scaling Adoption Of Clean Cooking Solutions

As their primary consumers and users, women are ultimately the target customers of almost all cookstoves and fuels distributors. Less common, but no less important, is women’s inclusion throughout the clean cooking product supply chain. Here is how some enterprising organizations are engaging women from the bottom up.


California Regulators Bump Rice Offsets, Forestry Updates To 2015

California once again delayed the potential adoption of a new offset protocol for rice cultivation projects, as well as proposed updates to its forest protocol, to 2015 as stakeholders urged regulators to go back to the drawing board on a few particular elements. Meanwhile, regulators took some flak for the market uncertainty created by their recent invalidation of ozone-depleting substances offsets.