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Tropical Forests Thrive on Radical Transparency

Tropical Forests Thrive on Radical Transparency

Commodity production drives two-thirds of tropical deforestation worldwide, asserts Trase, a new online information and decision-support platform aimed at improving the transparency, clarity and accessibility of the commodity supply chains that drive tropical deforestation.

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Disaster Risk Reduction: Wetlands Keep Us Safe

Disaster Risk Reduction- Wetlands Keep Us Safe

The frequency of natural disasters worldwide has more than doubled in just 35 years and their frequency is expected to increase due to climate change. Ninety percent of natural hazards are water related, so wetland protection is essential for reducing these risks.

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Top 10 U.S. Carbon Market Trends of 2017

Top 10 U.S. Carbon Market Trends of 2017

The Climate Trust, a nonprofit that specializes in mobilizing conservation finance for climate benefit, announced its fourth annual prediction list of 10 carbon market trends to watch in the coming year.

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Hopscotching Through Davos 2017

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World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab welcomed participants to the 47th Annual Meeting today with the thought that despite the “disruptive economic and political models,” now underway, the meeting can construct a positive vision for the future.

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USA: 100% Renewables by 2050?

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More than 450 organizations, local officials, academics, civic leaders and businesses are calling on Congress to support a shift to powering the United States entirely with renewable energy by the year 2050.

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Europe’s ‘Clean Energy Revolution’

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To keep the EU competitive as renewables displace fossil fuels – shaking up global energy markets – the European Commission has proposed a new package of measures to “equip all European citizens and businesses with the means to make the most of the clean energy transition.”

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COP22: Paris Climate Pact ‘Irreversible’

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In the early hours of Saturday morning in Marrakech at the COP22, more than 190 governments agreed to the Marrakech Action Proclamation, which sends a strong message of global unity towards taking effective action to limit climate change.

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Climate Denier Trump Wins

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The surprising election of Donald Trump, a Republican and climate denier, to the White House on Tuesday changes the global balance of power on climate change.

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US$100 Billion to Finance Climate Triage

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Finance is always a hot issue at UN climate talks, and this year’s 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will focus even more intently on financing – this time to support the first global greenhouse gas limitation pact.

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167 Nations Adopt New Urban Agenda

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Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, has wrapped up in Quito, Ecuador, as delegations adopted the New Urban Agenda, a new framework that details how cities should be planned and managed to best achieve sustainability.

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Green Bond Market Shoots Up

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The green bond market reported a worldwide milestone in August when aggregate green bond issuance topped US$150 billion for the first time since the World Bank issued the inaugural green bond in 2008.

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Investors Assess Their Climate Risks

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Investors are being put on notice that some mutual funds and exchange traded funds labeled “sustainable,” “ecology,” “green” or “integrity” may actually have very high carbon footprints.

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China & USA: Green Health Care Partners

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A delegation from the Chinese health sector came to the Bay Area in September to identify strategies that can address the health effects of climate change and foster green, environmentally sustainable health care in both China and the United States.

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Paris Climate Pact ‘Unstoppable’

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The Paris Agreement on climate change is set to enter into force on November 4, less than a year after it was adopted by world leaders. With the ratifications now deposited, enough countries have approved the landmark accord to trigger its implementation.

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