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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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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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CARBON FORWARD 2018: Will international carbon trade thrive under the Paris Agreement?

Published 18:46 on September 18, 2018  /  Last updated at 16:19 on September 26, 2018  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Switzerland, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The world’s biggest carbon offset market is set to sunset in 2020, with governments at odds over how the UN CDM’s thousands of projects and billions of carbon credits should be subsequently treated under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

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FOREST TRENDS: Illegal mining forces suspension of ground-breaking voluntary forest carbon project in Brazil

Published 04:46 on September 11, 2018  /  Last updated at 07:50 on September 11, 2018  /  Americas, Climate Talks, Conversations, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

As the first indigenous-led conservation effort to be financed through the sale of carbon offsets, the Suruí Forest Carbon Project (PCFS in Portuguese) dramatically slowed deforestation and incubated sustainable livelihood programs in Brazil’s Sete de Setembro Indigenous Territory (TISS), but a dramatic surge in illegal mining activities throughout the region in which TISS is located has forced the Paiter-Suruí indigenous people and their partners to suspend the program indefinitely.

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COMMENT: Australia is not on track to reach 2030 Paris target (but the potential is there)

Published 08:14 on September 6, 2018  /  Last updated at 08:14 on September 6, 2018  /  Asia Pacific, Australia, Conversations, Views  /  No Comments

While Australia is coming to terms with yet another new prime minister, one thing that hasn’t changed is the emissions data: Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are not projected to fall any further without new policies, writes Anna Skarbek of ClimateWorks Australia.

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COMMENT – Wanted: Team coach for the Green Climate Fund

Published 02:00 on August 30, 2018  /  Last updated at 23:10 on September 5, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, South Korea, US, Views  /  No Comments

Reaching agreement on replenishment in the GCF family is easier said than done. Among several hotly debated issues at its last Board meeting was an hours-long discussion of how to launch replenishment — with no resolution. If we want the GCF to succeed, the Board needs to get past the logjam. Here’s WRI’s take on how they could.

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COMMENT: What next for the EU ETS?

Published 06:00 on August 29, 2018  /  Last updated at 15:23 on September 7, 2018  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, Views  /  No Comments

Sanjeev Kumar of PR consultancy Burson-Marsteller sets out four EU carbon market reforms that should be on Brussels’ agenda to ensure effective operation based on clear market fundamentals.

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