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President Donald Trump signs an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact agreed to under the Obama administration, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Leading Scientists, Lawyers Challenge Trump On Social Cost Of Carbon

Earlier this year, President Trump's executive order on energy independence instructed federal agencies to individually monetize climate damages rather than use the existing central estimate of $50 per ton of carbon dioxide. Now a new publication by prominent economists and lawyers argues that the current value is the “best estimate” of climate change’s costs.

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    A Missed Opportunity in California’s Climate ‘Victory’

    California extended its cap-and-trade program through 2030, but the the extension will make it harder for forest owners – especially those outside California – to earn carbon offsets after 2021. ...Read More...


    6 Charts Show How 20 Percent Of US States Generate 50 Percent Of Emissions

    As major global greenhouse gas emitters, U.S. states have the economic heft and legislative authority to move the United States toward much lower emissions and cleaner energy, despite the Trump ...Read More...


    How Brazil And Indonesia Can Meet The Climate Challenge

    Tropical deforestation accelerates climate change, and 40 percent of it happens in two countries: Brazil and Indonesia. Governments, NGOs, and businesses, meanwhile, have launched dozens of ...Read More...


    How Impact Investors Help Small Fishermen Stay Afloat

    Impact investors have poured more than $8 billion into projects that support sustainable land management, and now more money is also finding its way into sustainable fishing. This month, a new ...Read More...


    Where Will JPMorgan Chase Put Its 200 Billion Green Dollars?

    JP Morgan Chase aims to funnel a staggering $200 billion into sustainability efforts by 2025, primarily by supporting wind and solar projects around the world; but a sustainable economy needs ...Read More...


    Democratic Senators Introduce Carbon Pricing Bill

    Earlier this year, a group of prominent senior Republican leaders, including former Secretary of State James A. Baker and former Secretary of State George P. Schultz, proposed a national carbon ...Read More...

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    25 Republicans And 25 Democrats Now Belong To The Climate Solutions Caucus

    While the Trump is dominating American media, a group of 25 Republican and 25 Democratic members of the US House of Representatives have quietly joined the Climate Solutions Caucus, which aims to ...Read More...

    2017 MAY 11: Pack trip into the Gila Wilderness in southern New Mexico.

    Comment Period Open On Repealing Clean Water Protections

    The public can now comment on a decision by the Trump administration to repeal a rule that would protect 60 percent of stream miles and the drinking water of one in three Americans.

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    How The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Can Quietly Change Global Business

    Forest carbon projects tap carbon markets to save and restore forests, and they work because carbon dioxide emissions are easy to quantify. But what about all those other good things forests do – ...Read More...


    Payments For Ecosystem Services Work: Study

    Payments for Ecosystem Services have always seemed like a good idea, and evidence is growing that they work. The latest comes from a Northwestern University study involving forest owners in 120 ...Read More...


    Why HSBC’s Recent Response To Greenpeace Really Is A Very Big Deal

    Two environmental NGOs recently sent letters to four major banks warning that they were financing a company that intended to destroy forests. What one of those banks – namely HSBC – did next is ...Read More...

    Illegal logging in the lowland rainforest. Loggers with illegally cut, highly quoted cedro tree (Cedrela odorata). Lowland rainforest along the Rio Las Piedras, near the Alto Purus Reserved Zone, department Madre de Dios, Peru.

    Europeans Importing More Timber From Conflict Zones

    War-torn countries need money, but illegal timber purchases often end up fueling warlords and accelerating conflict. A new analysis shows that European countries are importing more and more ...Read More...

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    Can Europe Tap The Private Sector To Protect Its Environment?

    The European Commission has set some of the most ambitions environmental targets on the planet, but states have struggled to achieve them. Fortunately, the Commission and member states have also ...Read More...


    Consuming Deforestation: Where Are Your Standards?

    These days, everything from coffee to cornflakes has somebody’s stamp of approval, letting you know its ingredients have been sustainably harvested or that its producers have been treated fairly. ...Read More...


    Andrew Mitchell: Forest Utility Meter Man

    Andrew Mitchell’s Global Canopy Programme has helped people around the world understand the role that rainforests play in regulating the environment and promoting rainfall well beyond their ...Read More...


    How Peru’s Pepper District Became An Organic Hotspot

    Peruvian cuisine is the ultimate fusion of the indigenous and the exogenous, and it’s sparked a demand for exotic and diverse fruits and vegetables. Here’s how the region of Caserio Pimental – ...Read More...


    It’s Time To Start Prosecuting Climate Criminals

    Countries around the world are implementing new laws and developing new mechanisms to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, while while several organizations have filed civil suits ...Read More...


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    State’s New Methane Requirements

    Only by leveraging private finance can we approach the scale of capital needed to address climate and conservation challenges. California, through its work to mitigate dairy methane emissions, is ...Read More...


    One Month On, Innovate4Climate Continues To Yield Stories

    Ecosystem Marketplace participated in last month’s Innovate4Climate Summit as a media partner, and it proved to be a worthwhile endeavor. Here are some of the stories we generated from that event ...Read More...


    Bertrand Piccard Wants You (And Your Climate Solutions)

    Ten years ago, Swiss psychologist Bertrand Piccard vowed to fly around the world in a solar-powered airplane – not just to do it, but to show that it could be done, and to inspire others to seek ...Read More...


    They’re Back! Global Alliance Rallies Around Republican Plan For Gradually-Rising US Carbon Tax

    In a full-page ad targeted to businesses through the Wall Street Journal, leaders from physicist Stephen Hawking to industrialist Ratan Tata have endorsed a US carbon tax. It's a new blast of ...Read More...


    How Marks & Spencer Is Helping To Build A Global ‘Sustainability Tribe’

    Marks & Spencer has been recognized as one of the most sustainable retailers on the planet, second only to Finland’s much smaller Kesko OYJ, but the company – and other sustainable enterprises ...Read More...


    Climate Tops Agenda For US Mayors Meeting In Miami Beach

    With the Trump administration leaving the federal government essentially neutered on climate change as hurricane season gets underway, this annual meeting of mayors is set to assume an unusually ...Read More...


    Can This Swiss Feed Supplement Do For Cows What Tesla Is Doing For Cars?

    When Elon Musk started Tesla Motors in 2003, he didn’t aim to end our car culture – just to make it cleaner. Likewise, pescatarian businessman Michael Mathres doesn’t aim to end our global love ...Read More...


    Where Money And Mysticism Meet, Ecotourism And Sustainable Farming
    Follow – At Least In This Part Of Peru

    The people of San Roque de Cumbaza live in a region of environmental splendor but economic scarcity – and many once feared they’d have to abandon their traditions and their territory to make a ...Read More...


    Big Mitigation Bankers Embrace Role As “Ecological Restoration Businesses”, But Smaller Players Feel Sidelined

    A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but the benefits of mitigation banking aren’t as self-evident. Now, the sector’s leading trade association is changing its name to the “Ecological ...Read More...


    Seven State Attorneys General Sue US Federal EPA For Public Endangerment

    A coalition of seven state Attorneys General have charged the federal Environmental Protection Agency EPA with violating federal law by failing to issue a safety finding on a common pesticide ...Read More...


    Climate Space Turns To States, Business And Rest Of World As Trump Pulls US From Paris Agreement

    While US President Donald Trump did announce his intention to pull the nation out of the Paris Climate Accord earlier today, climate practitioners are already expressing optimism and faith in ...Read More...


    US Farms And Rural Communities Lose Big If Trump Pulls Out Of Paris Agreement

    US President Donald Trump is expected to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement today – ostensibly to save jobs. Unfortunately, he’ll be killing more jobs than he saves, and mostly in parts of ...Read More...


    Is The World Better Off If Trump Bails On Climate?

    US President Donald Trump has officially begun the process of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement – even as business leaders outside the Koch/DeVos/Coors vortex call for steep ...Read More...

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