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.

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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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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Pro-poor Climate Finance: Is There a Role for Private Finance in the Green Climate Fund?

Apr. 9, 2013 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Climate and Energy, Economics for the Earth, Publications / Tags: Climate change, Climate finance, Ifc, Karen orenstein, Wall street, World bank

New Report from Friends of the Earth U.S. and Pan African Climate Justice Alliance This week in Washington, DC, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern is organizing the Ministerial Meeting on Mobilizing Climate Finance. This invitation-o...

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Tally ho! Backed by 62 organizations, Robin Hood seeks top Treasury post

Dec. 21, 2012 / Posted by: Karen Orenstein / Categories: Blog, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Climate change, Climate finance, Earth budget, Karen orenstein, Tax, Wall street

Robin Hood, a champion of ordinary people, made a stop in Washington, D.C. this week -- to put his hat in the ring to replace outgoing U.S. Treasury Sectary Tim Geithner, a champion of Wall Street. Mr. Hood is running on a platform of taxing Wall ...

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