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Friends of the Earth’s blog is a staff-run blog that provides policy analysis, insight and commentary about the environment and other progressive issues, advances our campaigns, and builds momentum for a healthy and just world.

Environmental Finance, COP Blog: Don't turn the GCF into the Greedy Corporate Fund

Dec. 22, 2014 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate, Climate change, Climate disruption, Climate finance, Cop, Green climate fund, International finance, Karen orenstein, Lima, Peru

Posted 10 December, 2014 on Environmental Finance Last week, the UN Climate Summit in Lima, Peru, kicked off amid controversy with news that Japan had counted loans for coal projects in Indonesia as international climate finance. (Climate finance...

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Nine reasons why REDD is a false folution: New Report from Friends of the Earth International

Oct. 15, 2014 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Climate change, Climate finance, Forests, Jeff conant, Redd

Friends of the Earth International has just released its most recent assessment of the suite of carbon-trading forestry policies known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, or REDD. The report, "The great REDD gamble," is avail...

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To Ban Ki-moon: Champion public funds for climate finance, fight greenwashing of green bonds

Sep. 26, 2014 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth, Issue Briefs / Tags: Climate change, Climate finance, Karen orenstein

In light of this week's U.N. General Assembly and Climate Summit, 118 groups from 37 countries urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (1) to ensure that private finance is not counted as international climate finance, and (2) to work against the...

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Robin Hood to Ban Ki-moon: I can show you the money!

Sep. 14, 2014 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein, Jeff Conant / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate change, Climate finance, Jeff conant, Karen orenstein, Wall street

Among the surging crowds of hundreds of thousands of folks at the People’s Climate March on September 21 in New York, you will see marchers in pointy green felt hats, and if you are lucky, a fully garbed Robin Hood replete with green tights,...

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Open letter to DFA: I divested from forest destruction and so should you

Sep. 4, 2014 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Climate change, Dfa, Dimensional fund advisers, Friends of the earth, Jeff conant, Palm oil

Preface: When Friends of the Earth member Janet Thew learned how palm oil companies destroy rain forests, she decided to divest her family’s retirement account from Dimensional Fund Advisors. Dimensional, or DFA, has investments in more prob...

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