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Shareholders Turn Up the Heat on Climate Change

By Wendy Hapgood
October 12, 2016

In this blog post, Wendy Hapgood describes new developments in strategizing oil and gas company shareholder engagement on climate change. Looking into the history and current activities regarding the roles that shareholders can play in social and environmental justice, she explains how they have the potential to be a major force in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Tunisia Says Yes to Resource Contract Transparency

By Wissem Heni, Anders Pedersen, Rob Pitman, Charles Young, Sam Szoke-Burke
October 11, 2016

In this blog post, Wissem Hen, Anders Pedersen, Rob Pitman, Charles Young, and Sam Szoke-Burke look into the recently implemented ResourceContracts site for the publication of newly released hydrocarbon investment contracts and associated documents.

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Protecting Indigenous Land Rights Makes Good Economic Sense

By Peter Veit and Helen Ding
October 10, 2017

In this blog post, Peter Veit and Helen Ding examine how “tenure-secure” indigenous lands generate billions, sometimes trillions, of dollars’ worth of benefits in the form of sequestration, reduced pollution, clean water and more. Despite the obvious benefits, governments’ legally recognize ownership of 20 percent of the lands that indigenous peoples and other communities hold and manage.

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Trade Deals and the Paris Climate Agreement

By Ilana Solomon
October 6, 2016

Ilana Solomon discusses the tremendous effects of the historic ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement. With more than 55 countries agreeing to the pact, the United States must question whether current trade and investment deals will make it possible to keep global temperatures “well below” 2 degrees Celsius.

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Land, Resource Investments and Climate Change: 3 Key Takeaways

By Kaitlin Y. Cordes
September 22, 2016

In this blog post, Kaitlin Cordes discusses how land plays a complicated yet crucial role in the search for equitable climate change solutions. Land impacts relating to resource investment need to shift so that they are always responsible and sustainable.

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Pressure Mounts for Developing Countries to Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground

By Romany Webb
September 22, 2016

In this blog post, Romany Webb explores how developing countries will need to decrease their use of fossil fuels if they are going to meet their Sustainable Development Goals. Over the last century, developed countries have relied heavily on fossil fuels to power their economies, however, in order to hold the increase in global temperature below 2 degrees C, there must be significant cuts in coal, oil, and gas.

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Opening Up Land Contracts and Land Data … With Caution

By Kaitlin Cordes
September 21, 2016

In this blog post, Say Banerjee and Perrine Toledano illustrate CCSI’s policy recommendations to reduce ‘flaring gas’—oil that burns wastefully and is eventually disposed of during the production process. Eliminating APG (associated petroleum gas) flaring is a necessary step for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climate action and moving toward implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Flaring Gas: How Not to Waste a Valuable Resource

By Shay Banerjee and Perrine Toledano
Septemebr 16, 2016

Every year, oil fields around the globe burn, or “flare,” an estimated 3.5 percent of the world’s natural gas supply. Such gas, known as “associated petroleum gas” (APG), is produced alongside oil and must be disposed of during the production process. This flaring, however, causes considerable damage to global atmospheric conditions and human health. Eliminating flaring would reduce CO2 emissions by as much as removing 77 million cars from the road. Moreover, flaring APG wastes a valuable non-renewable energy resource that could otherwise drive positive economic outcomes. If all APG currently subject to flaring were used for power generation, the world would enjoy an additional 750 billion kWh of electricity—more than the entire African continent’s current electricity consumption.

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