Can carbon credits and cacao outcompete gold mining and deforestation in Peru’s Amazon?

  • An investment in a project to restore degraded areas of Peru’s Amazon was supposed to demonstrate how the sale of forest carbon credits could be harnessed to finance large-scale conservation and boost the livelihoods of local farmers.
  • Instead, the Althelia Climate Fund’s investment in the Tambopata project highlights how nimble project managers can make such conservation projects work even in the absence of a robust global market for such carbon credits.

Institutional Shift: Climate risk hits the market and other impact investing trends to watch in 2019 (podcast)

  • This is the year impact investing gets real. Really. That's the thread connecting a half-dozen or so forecasts from Equilibrium Capital's Dave Chen, who returned to ImpactAlpha's Returns on Investment podcast for a New Year's check-in on the progress of the "institutional shift" in impact investing.

The Climate Alpha: Twelve days of climate optimism

  • We’ll know by 2030, if not 2020, whether we still have a chance to avert the worst of the climate catastrophe.
  • In the next dozen years, climate experts say, we must cut greenhouse gas emissions at least in half, on the way to a net-zero economy by 2050.
  • The expectation that we’ll meet that challenge is essential for making it so: optimism may or may not be self-fulfilling, pessimism surely is.
  • In the spirit of the season, here are a dozen reasons to be optimistic, with links to key coverage this year.