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Toward a Carbon-Neutral Future: Why Land and Resource Rights Matter

By Stephen Brooks
October 27, 2016

In this blog post, Stephen Brooks explains how strong institutions, laws, and policies are critical to ensuring that the destabilizing effects of climate change don’t impinge on the rights of local populations. As climate change continues to pose a significant threat to the poorest citizens and puts strain on government systems, it is critical to recognize that the push to reduce emissions and switch to clean energy sources intersects with securing land and resource rights for impacted communities.

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Can Climate Litigation Support Global Action on Climate Change?

By Alejandra Cicero and Jesse Coleman
October 24, 2016

In this blog post, Alejandra Cicero and Jesse Coleman give numerous examples —Pakistan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and others—that illustrate how climate action depends on regional, domestic, and international engagement. With strong and coherent jurisprudential narratives on legal responsibility for climate change, there is potential for success in influencing private sector action.

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Protecting Intellectual Property While Mitigating Climate Change: Can We Do Both?

By Romany Webb
October 19, 2016

In this blog post, Romany Webb writes on the debate between industrialized and developing countries over the use of patents on technology that addresses climate change. To achieve the Paris Climate agreement’s goals and the Sustainable Development Goals, action should be taken to remove impediments in international treaties.

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No Free Passes: Making Renewable Energy Responsible

By Sam Szoke-Burke and Kaitlin Cordes
October 17, 2016

In this blog post, Sam Szoke-Burke and Kaitlin Cordes explain how the diversion from fossil-fuel based energy to renewables must be done responsibly with governments, financiers, and energy companies complying with international best practices to ensure that land rights and human rights are respected.

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Leaving Fossil Fuels in the Ground: Who, What and When?

By James Morrissey and Nicolas Maennling*
October 14, 2016

In this blog post, James Morrissey and Nicolas Maennling discuss a report by Oxfam that revealed significant information. If developed countries bore the full burden of stranding their own assets, the known fossil fuel reserves in developing countries (not including China) could be exploited, and the world would still stand a 50% chance of keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees C.

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Stranding Equitably in the Current Market and Geopolitical Context

By Albert Bressand
October 13, 2016

In this blog post, Albert Bressand discusses how the world’s production of oil and gas could be significantly reduced in manner that will also protect the interests of lower-income producing countries. He looks into the market and geopolitical context in which proposals can be implemented that stay on carbon budget and leave two thirds of the fossil fuel reserves unburnt.

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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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