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How Ethiopia Is Slowing Climate Change By Reviving Its Forests – And Its Economy

Ethiopia plans to be climate-neutral by the year 2025, and it aims to generate jobs in the process. How? By overhauling its rural economy to support more sustainable agriculture and regenerate millions of hectares of degraded forest.

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    Conservationists See Amazon Highway As Big Issue In 2018

    After a decade of lower and lower rates of deforestation, the Amazon forest is again under threat. Scientists say a new development project could become a contentions issue in 2018 as an expanded ...Read More...


    Let’s Make 2018 The Year We Rise Up And Regenerate!

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    When Ranking Clean Cookstoves, Don’t Let The Perfect Become Enemy Of The Good

    Indoor air pollution kills more than 4 million people per year, and clean-burning cookstoves are one solution. Donors now rank stoves based on effectiveness – but a key criteria may be missing.


    The Ecological Restoration Industry Goes to Washington

    The $25 billion US ecological restoration industry is heading into 2018 with an ambitious agenda. In a few weeks, industry leaders will convene in Washington, DC for a policy conference that aims ...Read More...

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    How The Rise Of Gourmet Chocolate Can Lift The Fortunes Of Small Farmers

    Chocolate is a global commodity, but the cacao it’s made from comes in different varieties of varying quality. As consumers discover the subtle flavors of single-source cocoa, this company is ...Read More...


    Now On Bionic Planet: 2017 Year In Review

    This past year was a turbulent one, with Donald Trump doing everything in his power to dismantle the federal US environmental protection apparatus, and most media finding themselves too ...Read More...


    Leaders Across The Americas Vow To “Make The Planet Great Again” By Establishing A Price On Carbon

    The United States may have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement, but national and regional leaders from across the Americas have vowed to "Make the Planet Great Again" by embracing a price ...Read More...


    Chilean Concert Promoter Cuts Emissions By Turning Turbines

    When Latin Americans offset their greenhouse-gas emissions, they usually do so by purchasing offsets generated by saving or restoring forests. But the producers of Lollapalooza Chile and other ...Read More...


    Shots Fired At Indigenous Leader Who Documented Illegal Logging In Brazilian Amazon

    Brazilian authorities are investigating an apparent assassination attempt against indigenous leader Narayni Surui and his wife, award-winning teacher Elisângela Dell-Armelina Surui. The couple ...Read More...


    Fact-Checking CIFOR On Indigenous Rights

    The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has been a staunch supporter of indigenous rights, but their recent report on indigenous rights and carbon finance gets a lot of very basic ...Read More...


    Seeing REDD: Why The European Union Needs To Embrace Forest Carbon Finance

    We can’t beat climate change without saving the world's forests, and tropical forest countries are ready to do their part, but they can't fix the mess without help from the countries whose ...Read More...


    The Grand Experiment To Save Appalachia’s Forests

    The Southeastern United States produces 12 percent of the world's wood, pulp, and paper – fueling an economic engine that’s pulverizing forests faster than it’s restoring them. Here’s how ...Read More...


    In Bonn, Progress On Markets Hampered By Gridlock On Everything Else

    Climate negotiators spent the last two weeks in Bonn sketching out the roadmap for achieving the ambitions laid out in Paris. It’s the kind of tedious work that doesn’t generate headlines, but ...Read More...


    For Indigenous Leaders, Climate Challenge Brings Internal Cohesion And External Conflict

    Indigenous people of the Amazon are beginning to unite around efforts to save their forests, but they still face threats from outside their territories, according to Tuntiak Katan, who emerged as ...Read More...


    At Bonn Climate Talks, A Breakthrough On Agriculture

    Farmers have always been leery of climate commitments, in part because they feared they'd end up subjected to unrealistic burdens. Under the Paris Agreement, however, a consensus on climate-safe ...Read More...


    As REDD Talks Progress In Bonn, Question Arises: Who Can Use The Term “REDD+”?

    Climate negotiators are meeting in Bonn this week to refine rules for tracking progress under the Paris Climate Agreement, but one organization got things off to a rocky start by trying to ...Read More...


    Forests Carbon Projects Can Narrow Emissions Gap, But Not All Are Created Equal

    Up to a quarter of national climate action plans involve forest carbon projects. New research, however, says that when it comes to monitoring, reporting, and verifying forest carbon, even the ...Read More...


    Jerry Brown, Mike Bloomberg Unveil Phase One Of “America’s Pledge On Climate”

    Twenty US states have pledged to make sure the United States keeps its Paris Agreement pledge to reduce emissions 28 percent, as have more than 50 major cities and 60 major corporations, ...Read More...


    Will Brazil Sacrifice Forests To Bail Out Backers Of Corruption-Riddled Dams?

    As of 2020, international airlines will be mandated to offset large parts of their greenhouse gas emissions. It's a mandate that could pump tens of billions of dollars into protecting the ...Read More...


    Unofficial US Climate Pavilion Officially Opens On Edge Of Climate Talks In Bonn

    The United States has no official pavilion at year-end climate talks, but the “We Are Still In” Coalition officially opened its US Climate Action Center today just outside the main convention ...Read More...


    Despite Trump, The Paris Agreement Continues To Evolve At Bonn/Fiji Climate Talks

    This year’s climate talks may not be as glamorous or high-profile as the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change that adopted the historic Paris Agreement two years ...Read More...


    How Saving Forests Can Meet Climate Challenge

    Forests hold 40 percent more carbon than all the known fossil fuel deposits worldwide — nearly five times more carbon than can be added to the atmosphere without exceeding the Paris Agreement's ...Read More...


    Climate Trust Sees $5 Billion New Demand For North American Offsets Through 2030

    This past summer, California legislators voted to extend the state's cap-and-trade program through the year 2030. With the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario joining in 2018, the Carbon ...Read More...


    It’s Time For The UK To Explore Conservation Finance

    Our natural world and climate are experiencing catastrophic change, largely because it’s more profitable to destroy ecosystems than to conserve them. We can begin to redress this imbalance by ...Read More...


    New Research Continues To Debunk Old Myths On Carbon Offsetting

    Nearly all economists agree that if you want to end climate change, you need to put a price on carbon and then integrate that price into the economy — whether via offsets that pay for ...Read More...


    Why Are Forests Dying? Perhaps Because We Spend 40 Times More To Destroy Them Than To Save Them

    Worldwide, we've spent $20 billion since 2010 to save forests. Unfortunately, we've spent $777 billion to grind them into pulp or clear them for agriculture. The result? Deforestation rates are ...Read More...

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    How Nature Can Get Us 37 Percent Of The Way To The Paris Climate Target

    Forests, farms, and fields can absorb massive amounts of greenhouse gasses, while unhealthy ones emit emit them. Now a new study says that nature can offer up to 37 percent of the solution for ...Read More...


    10 Keys To Slashing Deforestation In Just Two Years

    In the last few years, tropical forests have shifted from being our greatest carbon sinks to being a net source of greenhouse gas emissions. The news comes as 250 organizations – ranging from ...Read More...


    The Tumultuous Truth Behind The Destruction Of Indonesia’s Forests

    Indonesia sometimes generates 40 percent of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions from deforestation, and the country’s federal government is powerless to reverse it. That’s because true power in ...Read More...


    Six Asian Countries Take Steps to Regulate Imports of Illegal Timber Products

    Many countries have ended deforestation domestically, only to import it from other countries through lax regulation. Now six Asian countries have joined the 28 Member States of the European ...Read More...

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