Environment, resources, and climate change

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    Shadow carbon pricing can help development banks reduce emissions in Mexico and beyond

Shadow carbon pricing can help development banks reduce emissions in Mexico and beyond

Carbon pricing offers development banks like Mexico’s NAFIN a way to encourage organisations to reduce emissions through adoption of improved technologies and practices. But these positive effects could be further reinforced by encouraging companies to adopt shadow prices, writes Cesar Espinosa García (Nacional Financiera).

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    ‘Development’ versus human rights: the Saamaka Maroons’ fight for the rainforests of Suriname

‘Development’ versus human rights: the Saamaka Maroons’ fight for the rainforests of Suriname

Though Suriname’s Saamaka people have already achieved a remarkable victory at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that guarantees their right to their territory and the rainforests within it, the state’s continued push towards extractive development means their fight is far from over, writes Richard Price.

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    Colombia’s ruling on legal protection for the Amazon continues Latin America’s struggle for the commons

Colombia’s ruling on legal protection for the Amazon continues Latin America’s struggle for the commons

The Supreme Court’s ruling in favour of 25 young plaintiffs seeking protection of their rights to life, health, food, and a healthy environment obliges the government to design an inter-generational pact to reduce deforestation and gas emissions. This highlights the connection between protection of the environment and intergenerational solidarity, as well as underlining personal and social responsibility for the impact […]

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    When the mega-dam breaks: shaping the future of environmental licensing in Brazil

When the mega-dam breaks: shaping the future of environmental licensing in Brazil

If the problems and potential of environmental licensing are not taken seriously in this year’s policy debates and electoral campaigns, future development and economic recovery could trigger environmental degradation far more serious than any single mega-dam project, write Mark S. Langevin and Olivia Smith (both George Washington University).

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    Full steam ahead: geothermal energy can fuel the future of the Eastern Caribbean

Full steam ahead: geothermal energy can fuel the future of the Eastern Caribbean

Though geothermal energy is a more involved and expensive undertaking than other renewables, its significant benefits make it an ideal way for the Eastern Caribbean to gain greater energy independence, reduce energy costs, and achieve sustainable development, writes Judith Ephraim (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States).

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    What can the rest of the world learn from Mexico City’s EcoBici bike-sharing scheme?

What can the rest of the world learn from Mexico City’s EcoBici bike-sharing scheme?

Mexico City’s EcoBici bike-sharing scheme systematically broke down social barriers to enable the introduction of a new mode of public transport. Naima von Ritter Figueres (LSE International Development) analyses its success and considers whether this approach could work in other megacities around the world.

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    Building back better in the Caribbean requires supportive international finance

Building back better in the Caribbean requires supportive international finance

The time has come for the international community to shape a financial architecture that is more supportive of small island states’ special circumstances and needs, writes Gail Hurley (United Nations Development Programme).

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    Extreme weather events in the Caribbean call for a rethink of how Official Development Assistance is allocated

Extreme weather events in the Caribbean call for a rethink of how Official Development Assistance is allocated

The international community must reassess the developmental aid system to take account of the vulnerability of specific regions to the effects climate change, regardless of their income status, writes Polly Hatfield.

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    Mexico’s experience shows that development banks can play a key role in financing transitions to low-carbon economies

Mexico’s experience shows that development banks can play a key role in financing transitions to low-carbon economies

Transitioning to low-carbon economies is a vital goal for developing countries, yet significant teething problems remain in the field of climate finance. The case of NAFIN and Mexican wind energy reveals how national development banks are ideally placed to help stimulate this crucial investment, writes Emilio Garmendia Pérez Montero.

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    How changes in the prices of milk and beef affect deforestation in Brazil

How changes in the prices of milk and beef affect deforestation in Brazil

When prices increase, producers who are far from the market clear forest to make room for new pasture, write Francisco Fontes and Charles Palmer.