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VCS becomes Verra: Voluntary market certifier changes name in rebranding

Published 23:30 on February 15, 2018  /  Last updated at 23:30 on February 15, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Bavardage, Conversations, EMEA, International, REDD, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Voluntary carbon market certifier Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) has changed its name to Verra in a rebranding that it says reflects its broadening portfolio of sustainable development and environmental standards.

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Carbon Pulse bolsters Americas coverage with three new reporters

Published 12:18 on February 15, 2018  /  Last updated at 12:18 on February 15, 2018  /  Americas, Aviation, Bavardage, Canada, Carbon Taxes, Conversations, International, Mexico, REDD, South & Central, US, Views  /  No Comments

Carbon Pulse has hired three new reporters to expand news coverage of carbon markets and taxes and climate change policy in North and South America.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: Twenty percent of US climate emissions come from fossil fuel exploration on public land

Published 00:03 on February 13, 2018  /  Last updated at 00:04 on February 13, 2018  /  Americas, Conversations, US, Views  /  No Comments

Forty two percent of all coal mined in the United States in 2015 came from public lands, as did 22 percent of all crude oil and 15 percent of all natural gas. Now, a new report from The Wilderness Society shows that fossil fuel exploration on public lands generates roughly 20 percent of all US greenhouse gas emissions, and that activity shows no signs of abating.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: US faces real trade isolation if Trump pulls out of Paris Agreement

Published 22:26 on February 8, 2018  /  Last updated at 22:26 on February 8, 2018  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Canada, Carbon Taxes, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, South & Central, US, Views  /  No Comments

I was in Marrakesh, Morocco, for global climate talks when Donald Trump won the US presidential election, and within hours a consensus emerged: the Paris Agreement was as good a deal for the United States as it was for the rest of the world, and only a fool would “cancel” it, as Donald Trump had promised to do while on the campaign trail.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: Clipping coupons for the climate – The Dutch plan to make carbon trading fun

Published 23:25 on January 30, 2018  /  Last updated at 02:30 on January 31, 2018  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Jos Cozijnsen shakes his tangled mane of black hair and adjusts his leathery blue suit – fashioned, it turns out, from overalls discarded by German railroad workers and available through his sustainable clothing company, Goodfibrations.

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COMMENT: Next steps for Ontario cap-and-trade participants

Published 20:06 on January 16, 2018  /  Last updated at 22:15 on January 16, 2018  /  Americas, Canada, Conversations, US, Views  /  No Comments

In the run-up to the 2nd Annual Ontario Cap and Trade Forum on April 18-19 at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto, Canadian Clean Energy Conferences is producing a series of articles featuring the key topics concerning regulated entities under Ontario’s program. (This article is available to anyone who has had a free trial of Carbon Pulse, as well as our subscribers. Simply login to your Carbon Pulse account to read it.)

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COMMENT: The Climate Trust rings in 2018 with a forecast of the top 10 carbon market trends

Published 16:28 on January 2, 2018  /  Last updated at 23:06 on January 2, 2018  /  Americas, Canada, Conversations, Dialogue, International, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The Climate Trust’s annual predictions on carbon market policies and ideas that will matter in 2018.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: Why the EU needs to embrace forest carbon finance

Published 19:41 on November 28, 2017  /  Last updated at 19:41 on November 28, 2017  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

A new report on forest finance shows that investments in the forest sector fall far short of what’s needed to end deforestation. Conserving and restoring tropical forests could deliver up to 30% of the carbon savings necessary to keep the average global temperature rise to 1.5C, only about 1% of international development funding for climate mitigation is directed towards this.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: As REDD talks progress in Bonn, question arises: who can use the term “REDD+”?

Published 14:15 on November 14, 2017  /  Last updated at 14:15 on November 14, 2017  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Bavardage, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Towards the end of summer, climate negotiators learned of three trademark applications that were filed in May of this year. One was for the logo “REDDPLUSX”, which is described as a carbon credit brokerage. Another was for the logo “RRU”, which are proposed carbon credits generated by saving or supporting forests under the Paris Agreement. But it was the third, for the logo REDD+, that raised eyebrows across the climate community.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: Forest carbon projects can narrow emissions gap, but not all are created equal

Published 11:08 on November 13, 2017  /  Last updated at 00:05 on November 14, 2017  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Before year-end climate talks began in Bonn, Germany last Monday, the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) published its 2017 Emissions Gap Report, which warned that existing climate action plans – called “Nationally Determined Reductions” (NDRs) – won’t keep global temperatures from rising 2oC.

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