Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire

This piece originally appeared on FireDogLake.com. Climate activists cheered President Barack Obama in a speech on Tuesday when he announced his plans to tackle carbon-intensive coal-fired power plants, both at home, via stronger EPA restrictions on CO2 emissions, and...
Carbon Blood Money in Honduras

Carbon Blood Money in Honduras

With its muddy roads, humble huts, and constant military patrols, Bajo Aguán, Honduras feels a long way away from the slick polish of the recurring UN climate negotiations in the world’s capital cities. Yet the bloody struggle going on there strikes at...

National Conference Call: Citizens Climate Lobby

Please join a national conference call of the Citizens Climate Lobby when their featured January guest speaker will be Daphne Wysham, Co-Director of IPS’ Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN). Daphne will discuss the problems with carbon offsets. The...

Seven Innovative Mechanisms of Development Finance

The .pdf file is available for free download here. This table file describes seven innovative mechanisms for public revenue streams.They are: 1. Financial Transactions Tax (FTT): A small tax on each trade of stocks, derivatives, currency, and other financial...

The No-Doctrine President

Zoologists get pretty excited when they discover an unusual animal. They happily devote many hours to the task of classifying the beast and, if it qualifies as a new species, giving it a name. A great deal of money and prestige rides on these scientific endeavors. The...

UN Panel to be a Dangerous Disappointment

How much money is on the table to combat climate change, where it comes from and how it flows will be at the heart of global climate negotiations at the end of this year in Cancun. Answers emerging from a UN panel on climate finance co-chaired by Norwegian Prime...

Carbon Finance: Focus on the World Bank and International Offsets

The buying and selling of greenhouse gas emission reductions in developing countries by governments and companies in industrialized countries is seen as a panacea by some and a false solution by others. Speakers on this panel will address the effectiveness of the...

World Bank: Climate Profiteer

After years of waning global influence, the World Bank has attached itself to the climate crisis like a patient on life support. Facing a crisis of legitimacy over its failed economic policy proscriptions and long track record of boondoggle projects, the aging...

The World Banks Carbon Deals

It was the first day in a long week of the consultations, PowerPoint presentations and high-level cocktail parties that accompany the World Bank’s Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. Already tensions were running high in a tightly-packed conference room downtown. Bank...