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Will Trump’s Endangered Species Alteration Hurt the $25 Billion Restoration Economy?

Republican lawmakers have been reticent about directly attacking popular laws like the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act, but the Trump Administration has chosen to undermine them by stealth - specifically by making changes to the rules it creates for implementing them. A new change to the Endangered Species Act aims to make the law more business-friendly, but chances are it will only be friendly to a few businesses, like mining and logging.

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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    What Does the IPCC Special Report say About Forests?

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    Understanding the IPCC’s New Compendium of Science on Climate, Forests, and Farms

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    Is 2019 Summer the Season of Trees and Climate?

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    Incorporating Green Infrastructure into Our Cities

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    Commenting Opens Soon on New REDD+ Jurisdictional Accounting Initiative

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    Webinar: Understanding the Accountability Framework

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    A Brief History of Planting Trees to Save the Environment

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    Natural Gas Beat Coal in the US. Will Renewables and Storage Soon Beat Natural Gas?

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    How Can Investors Hold Companies Accountable for Deforestation?

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    One-Sixth of the World’s Economy Could Soon Be Covered by Carbon Neutral Commitments

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    Eastern European Countries Say No To Carbon Neutrality Without Compensation

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    Bonn Climate Talks Open With Focus on Food and Markets

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    Can Natural Climate Solutions Defuse the Arctic Methane Bomb?

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

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    Two Tenths of A Percent to Help End Climate Change?

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

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

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

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

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    Opinion: ProPublica’s Inexcusable REDD+ Belly Flop

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

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    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

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    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...