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Non-Wood Forest Wealth 2.7 Times Greater than Previously Estimated

A team of researchers from the World Bank, Resources for the Future, Applied Geosolutions and others have released three working papers that set out wealth valuation methodologies spanning all the commercial wood, non-wood and ecosystems services forests provide and incorporated them in a global sustainable forest management database.

The green datacenter revolution is key to reducing carbon emissions

How the Green Datacenter Revolution Affects Your Website

What increasingly energy efficient datacenter design can mean for you When you hire a company to host your website, you’re basically paying that company to arrange for the code to your website to made available to computers around the world, 24/7/365.  That company may store and run that code on its own computer or rent that computer space from another…

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Taking steps toward a global transformation

World Bank Group Climate Action Plan: Helping Set the Path Toward Transformation

Arguably one of the most important things to come out of the COP21 climate talks in Paris last December, aside from the Paris Agreement itself, is the signal sent solidifying the growing shift in the global consciousness. We seek a transformative path forward into the new century. But any desired transformational change requires both the vision for a long term outcome and a…

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Green finance becomes a mainstream in the global financial markets

Green Finance Comes of Age in 2016

After years of volatility, green finance is emerging as a central part of our efforts to address climate change and transform our energy infrastructure. Green finance is preoccupied with adapting to the impacts of climate change and/or reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  It is the means by which we can stream tremendous amounts of needed capital into emissions free sources of power. Although a precise definition of green finance (GF)…

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High Debt Levels Put $8.9 Billion of New Shale Oil and Gas Investments At Risk

Besides low prices, falling output and actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, investors face another serious threat: the high levels of debt taken on by shale oil and gas producers. The risk of default is higher among smaller U.S. shale oil and gas producers, according to a new study from Carbon Tracker Initiative.

Support Citizen Journalism: The Future of Sustainable Development

The Future of Sustainable Development: A Citizen Journalism Project

Beacon is a crowdfunding platform for journalists. For more than two years Beacon has supported hundreds of worthwhile projects, adding a perspective to journalism free from the internet echo-chamber or vagaries of the advertising business model (here’s one we recommend and support). We’ve just launched our own campaign on Beacon to help fund a series of articles and interviews exploring the future of…

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Producing More EVs to Counter Auto Industry Lies

Car brands increasingly understand that the best way to respond to the Volkswagen scandal is to build more EVs. The Volkswagen scandal is fascinating not only for what VW did to deceive, but for what auto brands are doing in response. In the face of vulnerabilities about their own misrepresentations, auto makers like Mercedes are struggling to get ahead of…

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