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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.

Turning the tide on climate change in 2016

Optimistic Climate Predictions for 2016 in the Wake of the COP21 Climate Deal

Last year was a breakthrough year for environmental action and the future looks bright for the coming year. In 2015, we saw a slate of bold carbon reduction efforts from President Obama and other world leaders. However, the crowning achievement of 2015 was the signing of the COP21 climate agreement, which has set the stage for even more ambitious action…

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Halting progress made at COP18

The DOHA Climate Gateway: Stumbling Toward a Global Agreement

In typical international climate summit fashion, COP18 ended in a last–minute marathon session complete with frustration, accusation, acrimony and a halting step forward in what is called the “Doha Climate Gateway” deal. One of the main features of the deal is breathing the last gasps of life into the Kyoto Protocol, the first commitment round of which is set to…

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Could the warnings be any clearer? Climate tipping points are upon us and adaptation as will as mitigation are key to grappling with global warming

Closing in on Climate Tipping Points: Irreversible Climate Change, Managing the Risk and Learning to Adapt

In the past days and weeks several scientific reports indicate that, even while advocating a 1.5 to 2 C degree rise in average global temperatures over the next century, we may now be at or even passed critical tipping points and heading into a world of irreversible global warming. Earlier this month the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released…

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A Green Economy can lead us out of the troubles we now face both socially, environmentally, and economically

The Green Economy is the Right Solution for our Troubled Times

The green economy offers a powerful solution to both a warming planet and economic volatility. There are a host of political and economic crises in the world today. The Eurozone crisis is expected to be followed by a European recession. In China we are seeing strong evidence of a slowdown and many are calling for major economic reforms. Finally, the…

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Natural Gas is not the "clean" fossil fuel many say it is, but more the "energy bridge to nowhere"

Natural Gas is Not Clean Energy

Natural gas has garnered a lot of attention, but the research reveals it is anything but clean. To increase domestic energy production and reduce reliance on coal, there is a natural gas boom in the U.S. and elsewhere. However, reliance on natural gas is not a panacea to our energy woes. Natural Gas is Not a Clean Energy Source According to a February 2012 study published in Nature, extracting and producing natural…

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US Needs to Be Better Prepared for Extreme Weather, Ecological Changes Resulting from Climate Change

Climate change will cause changes in plant communities across nearly half the Earth’s land surface by 2100, driving conversion of nearly 40 percent of land-based ecosystems from one major ecological community type – forest, grassland or tundra – toward another, according to a new computer study conducted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The…

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