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Let’s prevent palm oil from foreclosing on our climate future

Jan. 24, 2014 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Economics for the Earth, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Climate change, Forests, Human rights, Indonesia, Jeff conant, Landgrabs, Palm oil, Wilmar

When we think about the causes of climate change, we tend to focus on energy generation and carbon emissions from fossil fuels; consequently, a lot of activity to curb climate disruption, such as 350.org’s Fossil Fuel Divestment campaign and...

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Illegal palm plantations and illicit land grabs threaten the world’s last forests

Nov. 25, 2013 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Climate change, Forests, Indonesia, Jeff conant, Palm oil, Wall street, Wilmar

Illegal and destructive production of palm oil in Indonesia is continuing, with a chain of culpability that spreads worldwide, from Southeast Asian rain forests to supermarket shelves and Wall Street board rooms. Our new report, Commodity Crimes: ...

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75 African groups demand Obama stop pushing dirty energy through Power Africa

Nov. 15, 2013 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate change, Climate finance, Export import bank, Human rights, Karen orenstein, Nigeria

Coinciding with the UN climate conference in Warsaw, 75 African groups from 18 countries sent a letter to President Obama concerning his Power Africa initiative. The letter was released as the world commemorated the anniversary of the murder of Ni...

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Paris’ unfinished business: A transparent no-objection procedure for the Green Climate Fund

Oct. 23, 2013 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate change, Climate finance, Ifc, Karen orenstein, World bank

When the Green Climate Fund Board met in Paris earlier this month, they postponed making a decision on the “no-objection procedure.” This procedure would require active endorsement of any GCF activity -- conveyed through a “no-ob...

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Carts before horses: Reflections on recent Green Climate Fund meeting in Korea

Jul. 15, 2013 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate change, Climate finance, Ifc, Karen orenstein, World bank

For 2 weeks, I’ve been contemplating whether there is something new and exciting to say about the June board meeting of the Green Climate Fund in Korea. In short, the answer is -- not really. The GCF board continues to gloss over the foundat...

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Obama's "grand" climate plan: reflections from a policy wonk

Jun. 25, 2013 / Posted by: Michelle Chan / Categories: Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate change, Climate finance, Coal to gasoline, Ethanol, Green scissors, Human rights, Michelle chan, Trade, Wall street

Today President Obama gave a much-anticipated climate change speech at Georgetown University. In true Obama fashion, the speech was pretty inspiring and sounded great; but dig a little deeper into the actual plan and you’ll start uncovering ...

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