13 Jun 2014
- The latest State of Voluntary Carbon Markets report shows that effective public climate policies are much-needed to jump-start markets - it’s not just about demand.
- The city of Chongqing will be the seventh region in China to launch carbon trading this month in a move designed to curb the city's greenhouse gas emissions.
- Climate negotiators in Bonn have been working on a new global agreement - but Laura Nielsen and Henrik Palmer Olsen from the University of Copenhagen are wondering if they have it right. "Taxing carbon consumption, rather than trying to regulate emissions, could stimulate the low carbon revolution the world needs," they say.
- In a blog for IIED, Gambia's Special Climate Envoy identifies four themes for action on climate change in the UN negotiations and beyond, including the need to confront climate change, showcase domestic climate action, for world leaders to raise the level of ambition, and for narratives surrounding climate action must change.
- In an effort to make the World Cup greener, a selection of private-sector companies have already offset 30 per cent of the event's emissions by donating certified emissions reduction credits (CERs) issued by Brazilian projects under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
Football World Cup, 2014. Brazil. Source: The Telegraph.
- More than half of consumers believe that companies use false environmental claims as a pretext for big price tags. In response, Richards Tipper, Chair of Ecometrica, tries to answer these concerns and explains why tracking our food is easier said than done.
- A ‘How-to' guide for successful supply chain collaboration calls for businesses to look beyond the boundaries of their own operations and consider the social and environmental impacts of the entire supply chain.
- Costa Rica has been named one of the most successful countries where dealing with deforestation is concerned. According to a recent report, the high rating is down to eco-tourism, payment for ecosystem services and REDD+ programmes...
- … And Brazil is not far behind. Another study found that a mixture of strict regulations, market pressure and a rising awareness of the value of nature has decreased deforestation by 70 per cent while the economy is still growing.
Deforestation in Brazil. Source: Wikipedia Commons.
- New rules in Peru are putting nature on the balance sheet by implementing legislation that requires companies to calculate any costs associated with their environmental impact. Additionally, the government are also introducing compensation for environmental services, such as carbon storage.
- Colombia must tackle conflicts over land use and look for new ways to extract natural resources while also protecting biodiversity, says Colombia’s Environment Vice Minister.