This is just a friendly, gentle reminder that while you were playing Rambo in DC, we turned the state of Georgia the loveliest, most vibrant shade of blue anyone has ever seen. Which is why my drink of choice tonight is Champaign, and my message to you lot is this:

After you go fuck yourselves for whatever amount of time you deem reasonable — you’re big boys so it’s your choice — please feel free to crack open a cold one, make yourself a nice spam sandwich and chill. Cuz in about five minutes, you’re going to have a great…


Part 2 of my 2-part deep dive into REDD+

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In September 2019, something significant happened in the world of forest conservation: Norway agreed to pay Gabon $10 per metric ton of carbon to reduce its emissions from deforestation.

The agreement is an example of the global strategy know as REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation), where industrialized nations make results-based payments to developing tropical forest countries for curbing deforestation and avoiding the emissions released when trees are destroyed.

REDD+ advocates saw Norway’s offer as a big deal, given that the going price had long been stuck at $5…


Part 1 of my 2-part deep dive into REDD+

The world’s tropical forests are in serious trouble, with deforestation worsening and the sixth mass extinction accelerating faster than scientists previously thought. This grim news comes more than a decade after the international community agreed on a strategy for curbing the destruction of tropical forests as part of the global effort to tackle the climate crisis.

Known as REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation), the strategy sounds simple: Rich, industrialized countries would pay developing countries for preserving forests and avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions released when trees are destroyed…


A year ago, I wrote about some of the scrappy #startups making #reuse possible. Since then, #Covid has made #circulareconomy goals harder to reach… and more important than ever. It’s never easy, but as we shop this holiday season — in person or online — can we all think about mama #earth and try to minimize waste? A year ago, I wrote about some of the scrappy #startups making #reuse possible. Since then, #Covid has made #circulareconomy goals harder to reach… and more important than ever. It’s never easy, but as we shop this holiday season can we all think…


ImpactAlpha, May 2 — Do impact investors really want long-term ownership?

A few years ago, the impact investment community homed in on a problem that needed fixing: to reach full potential, some investments could use a little patience.

The traditional private equity fund — with its closed-end structure typically spanning 10 years — often doesn’t give fledgling portfolio companies the time they need to generate optimum financial value or sustained social or environmental results.

In many cases, companies are humming with positive cash-flow and measurable impact — indeed, just getting started — when this artificial deadline obligates the fund and…


Financing Fish

Principles for investment in wild-caught fisheries highlight risk-assessment and transparency to attract capital

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Managing wild fisheries with proven sustainability practices can mean bigger, not smaller, catches of tasty seafood.

That creates an opportunity for investors with a long-term view who are willing to invest through the transition period required for depleted fisheries to recover.

Three fund managers who are early adopters of such a strategy have joined forces with the Environmental Defense Fund to develop a set of guidelines, the Principles for Investment in Sustainable Wild-Caught Fisheries, to help attract capital from investors. …


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His company’s customers don’t know this, but when Darrel Stickler joins a video conference from his home in Mendocino, California, he does the “newscaster thing” — dress shirt and sports coat up top, a pair of shorts down low.

“I admit to that,” says Stickler, the affable head of environmental strategies and initiatives at San Jose–based Cisco Systems who telecommutes four days a week.

Many companies now offer employees the opportunity to work from home at least part of the time. In fact, remote work has jumped by 115 percent in the United States since 2005, according to the 2017…


The challenge may seem overwhelming: Roughly 8 million tons of plastic waste enters the oceans each year, and there will be more plastic than fish by 2050 if we do nothing. But a battle is brewing against ocean plastics, and one tech giant is urging other corporations to join the fight.

Dell has taken the first step in commercially scaling an ocean plastics recycling program. This summer, the Round Rock, Texas–based technology company began shipping its new XPS 13 laptop in packaging trays made from 25 percent marine plastic, or, more accurately, plastic that was collected from waterways in Haiti…


When you think of working at Google, what likely comes to mind are the legendary perks, the game rooms, free haircuts, and napping pods. But while the Silicon Valley titan has earned a reputation as a leader in corporate sustainability, less evident is its use of certain perks to encourage employees to reduce their own environmental footprints. Likewise, sometimes the supersmart “Googlers” are the ones pushing the green envelope.

Google’s sustainability cred comes in part from its status as the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy, not counting utilities. Since 2010, the company has signed 20 agreements to purchase…

C.J. Clouse

Indie environmental journalist covering solutions. #climate #biodiversity #climatejustice #naturebasedsolutions #conservation #cleantech #zerowaste #socent

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