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The Astonishing Opportunities in Our “Hidden Infrastructure”

US President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently reached across the political divide to agree to spend up to $2 trillion to fix America’s battered infrastructure. That infrastructure deal has yet to be constructed. But it should include investments in green infrastructure – not just gray.

Carbon Sinks Are Our Best Climate Hedge. So Where’s the Money?
Carbon Sinks Are Our Best Climate Hedge. So Where’s the Money?
Carbon Sinks Are Our Best Climate Hedge. So Where’s the Money?
Carbon Sinks Are Our Best Climate Hedge. So Where’s the Money?

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    IPCC Updates GHG Inventory Recommendations

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    Extinction Crisis Threatens Ecosystem Services That Provide Our Food

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    Indigenous Mobilization Wins Battle in President Bolsonaro’s War on Indigenous Peoples

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    With Infrastructure Reform, US Can Build World’s Biggest, Greenest Carbon Sink.

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    Global Biodiversity Assessment to Highlight Role of Agriculture in Slowing Climate Change and Species Loss

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    Green Old Deal: Why Carbon Offsets Matter More Than Ever

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    Carbon Markets Back in Limelight as US Finally Joins the Global Climate Effort

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    In Ecological Restoration, High Costs Trump Regulatory Rollbacks

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    The Story of the Surui Forest Carbon Project

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    UN Promises: No Double-Counting on Aviation Offsets, but No Transparency, Either

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    Where Do The 2020 Dems Stand On Climate And Carbon Pricing?

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    Six Leading Commodity Groups Agree to Come Clean on Cerrado Impact

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