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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: In Katowice, indigenous leaders call for wider uptake of REDD+

Published 18:22 on December 6, 2018  /  Last updated at 18:22 on December 6, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

“RIA lives!” said Peruvian indigenous leader Fermín Chimatani Tayori, referring to a private-public partnership called “Amazon Indigenous REDD+”, an eight-year effort to develop protocols and projects that use carbon finance to support indigenous development plans called “Life Plans” (Planes de Vida).

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COMMENT – Unwanted exercise and ‘pin risk’: A primer for EUA options expiry’s other risks

Published 05:00 on December 6, 2018  /  Last updated at 00:29 on December 6, 2018  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, Views  /  No Comments

*FREE READ* – There are hundreds of millions of tonnes in open interest across the Dec-18 EUA options. Beyond spawning more volatility, options trading veteran Tobias Munk says this massive build-up may yield additional risks in the form of unwanted exercises and ‘pin risk’ ahead of next week’s expiry.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: Corruption, poor enforcement hamper global efforts to end deforestation

Published 01:22 on December 1, 2018  /  Last updated at 01:22 on December 1, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Conversations, EMEA, International, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Zanzibar’s Masingini Natural Forest Reserve provides drinking water for much of the island and habitat for dozens of rare and endangered species, but its forests are being illegally clear-cut. Meanwhile, in the Brazilian Amazon, the “lungs of the planet”, recent satellite images show 7900 square km of illegal deforestation in just the last year. Isolated transgressions? Hardly.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: Oil palm, the prodigal plant, is coming home to Africa – What does that mean for forests?

Published 22:58 on November 20, 2018  /  Last updated at 23:06 on November 20, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Conversations, EMEA, International, REDD, South & Central, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Western and Central Africa have been cultivating oil palm for millennia, though the big money is flowing into Indonesia and Malaysia, which produce more than 80% of the world’s palm oil supply. Now Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil companies are expanding into African regions, and environmentalists are worried that could accelerate deforestation.

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COMMENT: Paris goals can only be achieved in time with robust bottom-up action

Published 23:09 on November 6, 2018  /  Last updated at 23:09 on November 6, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Despite the scientific evidence, there are still nations that are either not convinced of the need to reduce emissions, or are unwilling to do so. But real demand for change is growing at ground level. Consumers around the world are paying greater attention to the environment and the climate, and making changes to their own lifestyles. They are also starting to ask uncomfortable questions of the businesses that supply them.

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BOOK – Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy

Published 22:39 on November 6, 2018  /  Last updated at 22:39 on November 6, 2018  /  Conversations, Views  /  No Comments

Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy combines the latest research and analysis on low-carbon energy solutions from electric vehicles to renewable energy. It is the first book to identify which specific policies, applied to the top 20 most-emitting countries, can have the largest potential impact to reduce emissions enough for a 50% chance of keeping global warming to a safe level.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: UK to exit EU ETS under ‘no deal’ Brexit, says govt

Published 17:34 on October 12, 2018  /  Last updated at 22:16 on October 12, 2018  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, Switzerland  /  No Comments

The UK will be excluded from participating in the EU ETS under a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario, the government announced late on Friday.

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FOREST TRENDS: How blockchain can make carbon markets more accessible

Published 22:49 on October 3, 2018  /  Last updated at 22:49 on October 3, 2018  /  Americas, Conversations, International, New Market Mechanisms, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

As more companies and individuals are looking for tools to mitigate their impact on climate change, the idea of utilizing blockchain technology has been on the forefront of many conversations. It is one of the building blocks behind cryptocurrency and companies are looking to utilize blockchain technology as a means to streamline the development and sale of carbon credits.

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COMMENT: Saskatchewan, Ontario and the constitutionality of a national carbon price

Published 15:20 on September 27, 2018  /  Last updated at 15:23 on September 27, 2018  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes, Conversations, Views  /  No Comments

Having now each filed in court their arguments against the Canadian federal carbon price, Saskatchewan and Ontario have revealed their hands and their arguments are weak, writes Nathalie Chalifour, an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars.

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COMMENT: Why NZ’s ETS should have an auction reserve price

Published 00:24 on September 19, 2018  /  Last updated at 00:24 on September 19, 2018  /  Asia Pacific, Conversations, New Zealand, Views  /  No Comments

Emission prices have since recovered but no one knows if this will last. With consultation underway on improving the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS), the government should seriously consider a “price floor” to rebuild confidence in low-emission investment.

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