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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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CARBON FORWARD 2018: Why investors have learned to love EU carbon again

Published 18:55 on August 22, 2018  /  Last updated at 10:03 on August 23, 2018  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Switzerland, Views  /  No Comments

**THIS IS A FREE ARTICLE** – Investors have piled into the EU ETS over the past year as prices have tripled, with buyers hunting the lucrative returns predicted amid another doubling of the carbon price seen in the years to come.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: The market for grassland carbon credits is on the rise. Here’s why.

Published 20:25 on August 15, 2018  /  Last updated at 20:26 on August 15, 2018  /  Americas, Conversations, REDD, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

A new study from UC Davis found that “grasslands and rangelands are more resilient carbon sinks than forests in 21st century California.” While forests remain vital to global climate mitigation efforts, the increasing frequency and severity of wildfires has heightened the need to explore additional carbon sinks in fire-prone regions. Grasslands lock carbon into the soil, and they don’t release it during wildfires.

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COMMENT: Working with the private sector – can the GCF make it work?

Published 10:29 on August 15, 2018  /  Last updated at 10:29 on August 15, 2018  /  Conversations, International, Views  /  No Comments

It is clear that there needs to be a fundamental overhaul of the governance and decision making processes at the GCF to make its cooperation with the private sector work, writes Alexandra Tracy, a GCF board member representing the private sector.

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Voluntary carbon market activity poised to hit record levels -report

Published 06:58 on August 15, 2018  /  Last updated at 21:03 on August 15, 2018  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation, EMEA, International, New Market Mechanisms, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Activity in the voluntary carbon market in the first quarter put 2018 on pace to meet or exceed last year’s record, as business commitments to reduce carbon emissions kept increasing, according to a report published Wednesday.

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COMMENT: New CDM issuance rules penalise developers and discriminate against smaller companies

Published 23:06 on July 10, 2018  /  Last updated at 23:06 on July 10, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Views  /  No Comments

The UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has enjoyed great success in deploying more than $300 billion of investment into clean technology in developing countries around the world. But recent decisions by the UNFCCC risk alienating may of the companies whose activities support this mechanism and discriminate against smaller enterprises.

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CARBON FORWARD 2018: New entrants seek to ride the wave as EU carbon prices quadruple

Published 17:40 on June 26, 2018  /  Last updated at 22:34 on September 11, 2018  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Switzerland, Views  /  No Comments

**This article is available to non-subscribers** – The EU ETS has witnessed a dramatic change over the past year as carbon prices have quadrupled, the market has attracted new participants, and the developments have given confidence to existing participants that the world’s biggest carbon market will remain the EU’s main climate policy tool.

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