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This podcast is being launched as a companion to Ecosystem Marketplace, which is a news service focused on environmental finance.

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021 AlphaSource: Investing in Forest Carbon

8/17/2017
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If you know anything about IKEA Group, the giant Scandinavian furniture company, you know that most of their products are made of wood, and you may even know that they're one of the "good" companies that tries to buy only products that are sustainably harvested. They've pledged that, by 2020, 100 percent of their wood, pulp, and paper will either be recycled or certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as sustainably produced. So far, they're on track to achieve that, according to the...

Duration: 00:44:34


020 Brazil and Indonesia: Connecting the Climate Dots

8/10/2017
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Have you ever heard of a company called Marfrig Global Foods? How about JBS? Hint: JBS is named after "Jose Batista Sobrinho", a Brazilian rancher who's something like the Oscar Meyer of Brazil, only much bigger.Yes, JBS and Marfrig are two of the world’s largest meatpackers, and you’ll find their products in Walmart and McDonald’s in the United States, Marks & Spencer in the United Kingdom, Albert Hein in the Netherlands… but usually with someone else's name on it. Both companies grew...

Duration: 01:08:37


019: Can Europe Tap The Private Sector To Protect Its Environment?

7/19/2017
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Our show today starts with two French communes -- namely, Contrexéville and Vittel -- because these two have some of the cleanest, purest water in all of Europe, but they also almost didn't. Up until 1992, the farms here -- like those across Europe and around the world -- had been dribbling pesticide and cow poop into the water, while home-owners and businessmen had been doing the same for crude oil and other pollutants. But then the communes undertook a massive environmental...

Duration: 00:54:34


018 | Why Zoologist Andrew Mitchell Left the Forest to Save the Forest

7/14/2017
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Today we speak with Andrew Mitchell, founder and director of the Global Canopy Programme (GCP). A zoologist by training, Andrew realized that to save the forest, he had to leave the forest and enter the economic system that was impacting it. So he founded and runs GCP in Oxford and recently became a Senior Adviser to Ecosphere Plus, which is an impact investment group that funnels money into sustainable land-use. I caught up to him in May at the Innovate4Climate conference in...

Duration: 00:40:19


How Marks & Spencer Is Helping To Build A Global ‘Sustainability Tribe’

6/19/2017
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When UK retailer Marks & Spencer launched its ambitious sustainability strategy in early 2007, it dubbed the strategy “Plan A” to remind us that we have just one planet, so there is no Plan B. Plan A amounted to nothing less than a complete restructuring of the company’s supply chain – from the thousands of small farmers who produce its raw materials to the millions of people who buy its products – and it launched with an ambitious list of 100 commitments covering everything from the way...

Duration: 00:38:47


Bertrand Piccard Wants You (And Your Climate Solutions)

6/16/2017
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It's been almost a year since a Swiss engineer/businessman named André Borschberg and a Swiss psychiatrist/balloonist named Bertrand Piccard completed the first-ever around the world flight in a solar-powered airplane -- the Solar Impulse 2, a machine that could, theoretically, fly forever without every pausing to refuel. But this wasn't just an adventure. It was a mission to show that we can meet the climate challenge, and it's a mission that Bertrand Piccard is still continuing. I ran...

Duration: 00:26:37


015: How Garlic Cloves and Orange Peels Cut Cow Burps and Slow Climate Change

6/8/2017
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More than 1.5 billion cows are spread across the planet, each with four stomachs. That's six billion stomachs emitting methane -- a powerful greenhouse gas that captures about eighty times more heat -- or contributes about eighty times as much to climate change -- as carbon dioxide does, at least in the short term. Now a new product called Mootral -- like "Neutral" but with a Mooo instead of a Nooo -- aims to slash those emissions by killing off the bad bacteria in the stomachs of cows...

Duration: 00:39:01


014: One Billion Tons of Voluntary Carbon

5/30/2017
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Special Guest: Kelley Hamrick, author of the 2016 State of Voluntary Carbon Markets Report

Duration: 00:37:29


013 How to Track Climate Laws of the World

5/11/2017
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One hundred and forty-four countries have ratified the Paris Climate Agreement, and 143 of them say they'll stay-in-it – even if Donald Trump pulls the United States out. But staying in and delivering what you stayed in to do are two different things. One way to track progress is to track laws, and a newly-updated database tracks over 1200 of them. 11 May 2017 | The United States may be backsliding on climate under President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled House and Senate, but...

Duration: 00:15:44


012 Will Trump "Get Out of the Way" on Climate?

5/8/2017
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Climate negotiators are meeting in Bonn, Germany, the next two weeks to move the Paris Climate Agreement forward – even as Republicans in the United States seem intent on moving it backward. Most countries say they want the US to stay in the agreement, but there’s reason to believe it will be better off without us. 8 May 2017 | The dark-haired man looked haggard and world-weary as he leaned towards the microphone. “We ask for your leadership,” he told US Undersecretary of State Paula...

Duration: 00:18:23


011 New Age of Radical Transparency

12/3/2016
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Today we examine an amazing new tool called "Trase", which launched at year-end climate talks in Marrakesh, Morocco. It shows you something we've always known was there, but could never see: namely, 320,000 supply threads, going from individual municipalities in Brazil, through local brokers, to importers in countries around the world. With it, you can see which trading companies are buying soybeans form municipalities where farmers are chopping forests to grow them, and companies can...

Duration: 00:35:19


010 Climate Change in the Trumpocalypse / Part 2: Voices from Marrakesh

11/28/2016
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US president-elect ​Donald Trump claims to have an open mind on climate science, but he put an unabashed climate-science denier in charge of his environmental transition team, and he says he'll slash NASA's climate-monitoring capabilities. Might a president who doesn't believe in climate science still find it worthwhile to stay in the Paris Agreement? And who will pick up the slack if he doesn't? These are questions we addressed in three stories on Ecosystem Marketplace: “Can Individual...

Duration: 00:38:08


009 Climate After Trump: Part 1

11/10/2016
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Initial reactions from Marrakesn to Trump Victory in US I came to year-end climate talks here in Marrakesh with a clear plan to cover the most complicated elements of these talks and break them down for a general audience. I'd intended to focus mostly on how global supply chains would change in response to this process – and I still will – but Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election has changed everything. The talks are continuing, and the Paris Agreement remains in place...

Duration: 00:23:15


Can New Aviation Agreement Save Forests?

10/8/2016
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On Thursday, 65 countries representing 83% of international aviation agreed to cap their greenhouse-gas emissions from international flights at 2020 levels from 2021 onward – in part by forcing airlines to offset emissions above that threshold, and MAYBE by funding programs that save forests and support sustainable agriculture around the world. A final decision on offset types, however, isn’t expected until 2018 Backgrond: The Paris Climate Agreement created a framework for keeping the...

Duration: 00:42:19


The CEO and the Subsistence Farmer (Part 1)

10/3/2016
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Part One of a multi-part series examining the ways small Kenyan farmers are teaming up with multinational agribusinesses to confront climate change by reshaping the countryside. In today's episode, we meet Prisca Mayende, who ratcheted up yields on her four-acre farm by planting trees. We also visit the Kaptama farmers' cooperative -- a key conduit in the link between subsistence farmers and local grocery stores.

Duration: 00:33:09


Climate, Conflict, and Commodities: The Calculus of Peace on a Changing Planet

7/2/2016
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� The United Nations Environment Program says that resources are a factor in 40% of all organized armed conflicts, but only 15% of peace agreements even mention them. Today, we examine the role that carbon finance – especially REDD+ (reducing emissions from degradation of forests, plus other land uses) – can play in helping (or, if bungled, hindering) the peace process by stifling the use of blood diamonds and other conflict resources. Guests include: Canadian Environmental Consultant...

Duration: 00:45:15


Why We Should All Care About the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

6/15/2016
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In 2006, a nonprofit organization called World Vision started helping people in Ethiopia plant trees, because trees slow climate-change by inhaling carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen. But World Vision is NOT an environmental group; it’s a humanitarian aid organization, and it planted those trees to help poor rural communities earn money by helping companies reduce their carbon footprints – by, essentially, making it possible for those companies to lock their greenhouse-gas emissions in...

Duration: 00:49:00


Putting a Price on Carbon / Part Two: How it's Calculated. Plus: Tax vs Cap-and-Trade

5/10/2016
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The US government estimates that every ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere generates at least $40 in damages by contributing to climate change, but the Swedish government says the figure is closer to 100 euros, and it charges a tax to reflect that. Our guest, Gernot Wagner, says both figures are way too low. Today, he explains how economists blend climate science with financial accounting to come up with a price on carbon. Plus: What's more effective -- cap-and-trade, or a...

Duration: 01:01:51


The 40,000-Year-Old-Question / Part One

5/4/2016
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Tanzania's Hadza people have lived in tune with nature for 40,000 years, but now they face their greatest challenge. Here's how they're both adapting to and combating climate change -- and how we can all learn from them. Includes interviews with tribal leader Richard Baalow, Tanzanian legal expert Edward Letaika, and environmentalists Marc Baker of Carbon Tanzania, Matt Brown of The Nature Conservancy, and Gus Silva-Chavez of Forest Trends. We also examine the evolving nature of REDD+...

Duration: 00:21:47


Why Put a Price on Carbon: Part One

4/22/2016
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The Argument For a Price on Carbon: Part One. FeaturingHarvard Economist and "Climate Shock" co-author Gernot Wagner, with CanadianPrime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, as well as a special appearance bythe ghost of Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman.

Duration: 01:14:14