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Infographic: The Story of Climate Finance - Paying the high cost of climate chaos

Oct. 15, 2015 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth, Publications / Tags: Climate colonialism, Climate finance, Fossil fuels, Green climate fund, Karen orenstein, Robin hood tax

Understanding The Story of Climate Finance is fundamental to understanding climate chaos, its high cost for poor countries and the role that the U.S. plays. To help us all out, Friends of the Earth U.S. created an infographic which visualizes who...

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112 groups demand grants and honest accounting for rich countries' promised $100 billion in climate finance

Oct. 11, 2015 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate finance, Green climate fund, Karen orenstein

In light of the recent release of the OECD report, “Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 billion goal,” and the finance ministerial that took place in Lima, Peru on Oct. 9 on the sidelines of the World Bank/International Monetary...

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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 finance, Green climate fund, Karen orenstein

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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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, 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, Climate finance, Jeff conant, Karen orenstein

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, Climate finance, Human rights, Karen orenstein

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, Climate finance, Karen orenstein

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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