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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.

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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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, Energy access, 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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