Oil Company Subsidies in Brazil a Huge Setback for Climate Action

In Brazil, a proposed bill would drastically lower the country’s federal taxes on the country’s vast offshore oil reserves – undercutting much of the global competition in the oil sector while increasing climate change risks worldwide.

SPECIAL SERIES: Not All Carbon Credits are Created Equal

Cool Effect Carbon Projects Capture the Imagination, While Improving Lives

If you were to pick your favorite way to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, what would it be? Would it be helping an endangered species survive in Madagascar’s rainforest? Or perhaps funding the creation of new and safer cookstoves that support small business development? Or a biogas project in a rural community that helps convert solids to power and methane to low-carbon energy?

Mining Giant Rio Tinto Sheds Coal for Good

Mining giant Rio Tinto is moving fast to sell off its last remaining coal operations. The company has put its Australian operations on the market, and once those assets are sold, the $33 billion mining juggernaut will no longer include coal within its global business operations.

SPECIAL SERIES: Not All Carbon Credits are Created Equal

Cool Effect’s Smart Vision of How to Improve the Planet – One Carbon Credit at a Time

  Today, the expressions “carbon credit” and “carbon offset” are almost household expressions. But do most of us know what they are? We often (mistakenly) think of carbon credits as relating only to companies, and big companies at that, that are compelled either by government regulations or consumer pressure to cut their carbon emissions. Yet … Continued

Solar Industry on Edge as U.S. Trade Commission Recommends Tariffs

Cheap solar panels from overseas have fueled the recent boom in solar installations, but U.S. solar panel manufacturers have struggled to compete. Tariffs will reward one part of the industry while hurting the other. And the decision now lies on U.S. president Trump’s desk.

WRI: Almost 50 Countries Have Reached Peak Emissions

WRI found that 49 countries have already reached their peak emissions totals, which represents just over one-third of the globe’s total emissions. By 2030, that number is targeted to increase to 57 countries. Is it enough to offset the worst impacts of global warming?