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 […]

Governor Signs Climate Laws Extending Program Through 2030: Silent on Cap and Trade

California extends most ambitious US climate change law Gov. Jerry Brown extended the nation’s most ambitious climate change law Thursday by another 10 years as California charts a new goal to reduce carbon pollution. SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 11:52 AM  — LOS ANGELES Gov. Jerry Brown extended the nation’s most ambitious climate change law Thursday by another […]

First Carbon Credits Sold in Mondulkiri

The government, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), sold its first carbon credits to billion-dollar media giant Disney for an undisclosed amount from Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in the country’s northeastern province last week. KHMER TIMES/SAFIYA CHARLES — MONDAY, 25 JULY 2016 The credits are part of a global carbon emissions trading scheme aimed at […]

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 […]

California to Extend Cap-and-Trade System to 2050

The price of allowances will rise also, encouraging businesses to clean up emissions By Debra Kahn, ClimateWire on July 13, 2016 California Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration yesterday released a plan to extend the state’s landmark cap-and-trade program in a bid to slash greenhouse gas emissions through midcentury. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) proposed amendments to the […]

California’s Big Decision on Climate Change & Tropical Forests

By Daniel Nepstad, Ph.D. Executive Director and Senior Scientist at Earth Innovation Institute June 15, 2016 California’s public policy innovations for solving environmental challenges have been emulated worldwide. The state is now poised to deepen this legacy of environmental leadership as it scopes the feasibility of implementing the tropical forests provision of its landmark Global […]

Governor of Mato Grosso, Brazil Supports Tropical Forest Offsets in AB32

His Excellency Edmund Gerald Brown Jr. Governor of the State of California – USA State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 June 21, 2016 Subject: Support for the California State Cap-and-trade System. Honorable Governor Brown, The State of Mato Grosso, as a member of the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force – GCF, understands the […]

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 […]

Environmental Groups Urge Governor Brown to Protect Tropical Forests: combat climate change and aid disadvantaged, indigenous communities

June 1, 2016 Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: Tropical forest protection in AB 32 Dear Governor Brown: On behalf of the organizations listed below, we are writing to thank you for your leadership in climate change solutions and to express our support for including greenhouse gas […]