Legislature Passes Laws Extending Climate Program to 2030: Silent on Cap and Trade

California’s new climate change laws almost didn’t happen this year. Here’s how lawmakers pulled it off. By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason For Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, global warming conjured images of stricken polar bears floating away on melting ice sheets, a problem with little relevance to a politician from California’s bone-dry Inland Empire. But while […]

Forests and Crops Make Friendly Neighbors in Costa Rica

By Diego Arguedas Ortiz SAN JOSE, Jul 26 2016 (IPS) – While Latin America keeps expanding its agricultural frontier by converting large areas of forest, one country, Costa Rica, has taken a different path and is now a role model for a peaceful coexistence between food production and sustainable forestry. The UN Food and Agriculture […]

Harvesting the Seeds of Sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon

By Alex Jensen July 28, 2016 Take a deep breath. Chances are, some of the oxygen molecules you just inhaled came from the Amazon rainforest. Actually, you can find traces of the Amazon everywhere in North America, Europe and elsewhere, from cloud cover and morning dew to rainfall and air temperature. Amazing as that may […]

Center for Global Development’s Working Group Supports Tropical Forest Credits in CA

June 6, 2016 Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. State Capital, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: Support for Sector-Based Crediting for Tropical Forests in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program Dear Governor Brown: As members of the Center for Global Development’s Working Group on Scaling Up Performance-Based Transfers for Reduced Tropical Deforestation, we write in our individual capacities to […]

Can trading save the Amazon?

by John Fialka, E&E special correspondent to ClimateWire One morning two days before Christmas in 1988, Chico Mendes, the leader of a group of rubber tree tappers, walked into his backyard to take a shower. That was his routine. Two gunmen were waiting for him there, and when he appeared, they stitched his tall body […]

Huff Post: Why Indigenous People Should Care About California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

by Forest Trends | 05/05/2016  The US state of California has slashed greenhouse-gas emissions while powering one of North America’s strongest economies, largely by embracing a system of “cap-and-trade” that promotes fair and efficient emission reductions across the energy sector. As the state expands its programs, policymakers are considering a provision that will make it possible for cap-and-trade […]

Researchers collect indigenous stories to fill climate change data gaps

NEW YORK, April 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Canadian scientists have collected stories from more than 90,000 people whose traditional ways of life rely on nature, in an effort to capture signs of climate change where weather stations are absent. Their findings, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, fill a knowledge gap in climate […]