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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.

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.

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.

USDA supporting rural renewable energy

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.

Amending the Montreal Protocol

UN Kigali Amendment Boosts Global Environmental, Climate Change Prospects

National representatives to the UN Montreal Protocol took action to phase out production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda this past week. In addition to further reducing destruction of atmospheric ozone, the Kigali Agreement is expected to reduce projected mean global temperature rise 0.5 degrees Celsius over the course of the century.

Canada carbon pricing

Trudeau Administration Launches Pan-Canadian Carbon Pollution Pricing Plan

The proposed framework leaves it up to Canada’s 10 provincial governments to choose the policy instruments and mechanisms — direct charges or a cap-and-trade system — to achieve a national goal of bringing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels while fostering job creation and economic growth.