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Conserving biodiversity

Nations Accelerate Plans to Realize UN Biodiversity Conservation Goals

Mexico established four new biological reserves and five other protected areas as representatives from more than 190 UN member nations adopted the Cancun Declaration, stepping up their efforts to conserve biological diversity. Will it be enough to curtail a Sixth Great Extinction?

Pathway to a 1.5C world

Low-Carbon Economic Impacts: $1.2 Trillion Boost for Global GDP; 68 Percent More Energy Jobs

Taking the steps required to help assure global mean temperature increases are limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius or less would boost the global economy and job creation while at the same time protecting essential natural resources and ecosystems in developed and developing countries, according to the UNDP 2016 ¨Low Carbon Monitor.¨

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Timberland Study Leads to Plans to Revive Haitian Smallholder Cotton Farming, Export

Building on the success of an innovative and successful for-profit agroforestry development project in Haiti, Timberland and the Smallholder Farmers Alliance have joined forces and undertaken efforts that may revive cotton farming and export, once Haiti’s fourth largest agricultural export.

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President-Elect Trump, the U.S., Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Environmental, climate change and renewable energy industry participants and proponents are gearing up for four long, lean years in the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise U.S. election victory. They’re not abandoning all hope, however; and Trump could pull an even greater surprise if he does an about-face and embraces Obama’s legacy of helping build U.S. renewable energy and clean tech industries that are bringing back middle-class U.S. jobs and spurring investment, innovation and entrepreneurship in ways that benefit US and global society in multiple ways.

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Prime Beachfront Property: Washed Away by Rising Tides

Nearly 100 feet of prime beach has been lost in the popular Maya Riviera resort town of Playa del Carmen since 2010 despite the millions spent to preserve it. Hotel and resort owners in Cancun once again are calling on Mexico’s federal government to bail them out.

Green Bond Fund supports REDD+ sustainable forestry

IFC Raises $152 Million in Tropical Forest Bonds Debut

Developed by IFC in collaboration with BHP Billiton and Conservation International, some of the world’s largest Institutional investors, including TIAA-CREF and QBE, bought the first Forest Bonds issue, which gives them the option of receiving coupon payments in the form of cash or carbon credits from a UN REDD program in Kenya.

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USDA Invests $300 Million to Boost Small Business, Rural Renewables, Energy Efficiency

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new REAP and EECLP funding in Texas, where nine small and rural businesses have been awarded more than $10 million in grants and loans to install renewable energy systems and enhance energy efficiency.