RSS Top Story

Bonn Climate Talks Open With Focus on Food and Markets

Two weeks of UN climate talks opened today in the former German capital of Bonn, with the 50th meetings of both the Subsidiary Body for Implementation and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, as well as a two-day workshop on agriculture within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the inaugural meeting of the Facilitative Working Group of the local communities and indigenous peoples platform.

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?

Carbon Report

Forest Report

Water Report

Biodiv. Report

  • Ads

  • Sponsors

  • Getting Started

    To see a map of the dynamic landscape of ecosystem service payment practice and policy:

  • More Feature Articles

    Can Natural Climate Solutions Defuse the Arctic Methane Bomb?

    Twenty years ago, the IPCC warned that global warming would melt arctic ice, releasing methane that drives up temperatures faster and faster. It's a nightmare scenario that mainstream media ...Read More...

    Nearly Half of Companies With Deforestation Risk Aren’t Addressing It

    Some of the world's most high-profile companies have committed to purging deforestation from their commodity supply chains, but they amount to just 8 percent of global companies involved in the ...Read More...

    Two Tenths of A Percent to Help End Climate Change?

    Renewable energy costs have plunged in the past decade, but we're still trillions shy of meeting the climate challenge. Carbon taxes will drive down emissions and fund solutions, while a general ...Read More...

    To Get People Engaged on Climate, Media Must Focus on Solutions

    Mainstream media are finally coming to terms with the enormity of the climate challenge, but their shift from complacency to panic mode may leave people feeling helpless. To implement real ...Read More...

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

    Nearly two dozen people have joined the race to become the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, and all of them – in contrast with their sole Republican counterpart – ...Read More...

    Shares in Sustainable Palm Oil Companies Outperform Those of Bad Actors by 25%

    For decades, palm oil companies got big by being bad – specifically, by chopping forests to make way for oil palm plantations. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was created in 2004 to ...Read More...

    A $50 Price on Carbon Will Boost Forest Carbon Sink 15 Percent: Study

    The generally-accepted social cost of carbon is roughly $100 per ton of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but voluntary carbon prices rarely top $10 per ton. New research shows that a price of ...Read More...

    What ProPublica Gets Wrong – And Right – On Forest Carbon Finance

    Everyone agrees that we must save the world's forests if we're to end climate change, but how to get there? One cluster of tools involves using carbon finance to keep forests alive, and a ...Read More...

    Opinion: ProPublica’s Inexcusable REDD+ Belly Flop

    Mainstream media outlets have been congratulating themselves of late for becoming just 20 years too late on climate change, and now the same institutions that have consistently failed to cover ...Read More...

    Remembering The Day Milton Friedman “Endorsed” A Price On Carbon

    Climate change is finally beginning to get the media attention it deserves, reviving in the process dormant debates over how to deal with it. Most economists argue that the most effective way to ...Read More...

    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 ...Read More...

    How Can We Save Our Food Systems From Climate Change?

    Climate-smart agriculture and natural climate solutions are key to meeting the climate challenge, but so is helping farmers implement technologies that can help them withstand the changes ahead. ...Read More...

    IPCC Updates GHG Inventory Recommendations

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has updated the guidance it provides to governments for measuring its greenhouse-gas emissions, including flows of carbon into and out of land systems.

    Before Electing Bolsonaro, Brazil Slashed Emissions 70%. Nobody Cared

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says the Amazon is Brazil’s to exploit, and the world should stop meddling in it. He’s wrong, but the resentment that thrust him into office has a history, and ...Read More...

    Inslee’s “Evergreen Economy” Plan Includes Green Infrastructure and Climate-Smart Ag, but Barely

    Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has built his entire campaign on climate change, and today he unveiled his "Evergreen Economy" proposal to redirect more than two dozen existing US programs ...Read More...

    EM Boss Kelley Hamrick Honored With CARROT Award For Work On Carbon Markets

    California's Climate Action Reserve has recognized Ecosystem Marketplace Program Manager Kelley Hamrick with its “Climate Action Reserve Recognizing Our Team” (CARROT) Award. She has authored or ...Read More...

    Extinction Crisis Threatens Ecosystem Services That Provide Our Food

    A key UN body has just aggregated all known research on biodiversity loss, including knowledge gleaned from indigenous peoples, and the results are devastating: more than 20 percent of known ...Read More...

    How Carbon Markets Can Boost Biodiversity And Slow Climate Change

    Research shows we can get 37 percent of the way to meeting the Paris Climate Agreement’s 2-degree target by improving the way we manage forests, farms, and fields, and carbon markets offer a way ...Read More...

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

    US President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seem to agree on one thing: namely, the sad state of US infrastructure. Yesterday, they agreed need to spend up to $2 trillion fixing it. ...Read More...

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

    Earth is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction, with literally dozens of species disappearing every day. Against this background, scientists are meeting in Paris to finalize the first ...Read More...

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

    His extremist policies have earned Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro the nickname "Tropical Trump", but his plan to shift indigenous protection to the agribusiness-aligned Ministry of ...Read More...

    Green Old Deal: Why Carbon Offsets Matter More Than Ever

    The Green New Deal Resolution may have failed in the Senate, but it's spawned a flurry of new proposals and revived talk of a national price on carbon. Tim Whitley of Carbon Offsets to Alleviate ...Read More...

    Remembering Forgotten Climate Solutions this Earth Day

    Earth Day began a half-century ago as part of an effort to help college students understand the importance of ecology. Such education is still critical if we're to meet the climate challenge, so ...Read More...

    Nature, Paid on Delivery: Is Pay for Success the Future of Ecological Restoration?

    As an environmental scientist, Tim Male learned how to restore degraded ecosystems. As an elected councilman, he learned how to pay for them. Finally, as an adviser to the Obama White House, he ...Read More...

    In Ecological Restoration, High Costs Trump Regulatory Rollbacks

    The Trump Administration wants to roll back federal protection of wetlands, but it also aims to increase support for water quality trading and bundling of environmental credits. For people who ...Read More...

    Analysis
    Defending the Amazon, and the Earth, from “Trump of the Tropics”

    California's Air Resources Board looks set to adopt the Tropical Forest Standard in the next few months, a move that would embed social values into carbon offsets that are used to reduce ...Read More...

    From the Blog
    A Dispatch from Peru for World Water Day

    The people of Peru have been sustainably managing their water for millennia, with infrastructure projects that surpass even the better-known aqueducts of ancient Rome. World Water Day is ...Read More...

    World Lost 12 Million Hectares of Tropical Forest in 2018

    Companies around the world have pledged to end deforestation by 2020, but the world lost enough tropical forests to cover all of Belgium in 2018. Put another way: tropical forests are ...Read More...

    More Evidence Companies Won’t Meet 2020 Deforestation Targets

    Hundreds of companies have pledged to purge deforestation from their supply chains, but research by Climate Focus, TFA 2020, and the Forest Trends Supply Change initiative have long indicated ...Read More...

    The Story of the Surui Forest Carbon Project

    In 2009, the Paiter-Surui of the Brazilian Amazon became the first indigenous people to save their forest through the use of carbon finance. The project slashed deforestation and jump-started ...Read More...