Fact Sheets

Why We Need Food Reserves

Published October 10, 2010

The recent food price crisis had devastating consequences for world hunger. During the peak of the crisis, from March 2007 to March 2008, the global price of rice increased 74 percent (most of that in a few weeks); the price of wheat more than doubled, rising 130 percent during the same period. Prices in local markets...

WTO Rules and Food Reserves

Published October 10, 2010

World Trade Organization (WTO) rules governing agriculture do not actually make the operation of a grain reserve impossible, but they do create uncertainties. It is time for governments to think again about the framework for agricultural trade rules. 1. Financing a Reserve It costs money to establish and run a public...

Food Reserves In Practice

Published October 10, 2010

Growing government interest and support for food reserves has been evident in various international forums of late. At the same time, policymakers have been slow to act, reluctant to move away from twenty or more years of economic orthodoxy that has insisted supply shocks are best resolved through international trade...

What Next on Food Reserves?

Published October 10, 2010

The public debate on food reserves is shifting from an ideological discussion about markets versus public action to one focusing on the technical, political and institutional feasibility of a system of food reserves. Food reserves can be an important tool to achieve more stable food supplies and prices for consumers,...

Trusting in Dark (Carbon) Markets? The UN High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Finance

Published October 3, 2010

Introduction At the Copenhagen climate talks in December 2009, one of the most contentious issues was financing: money to assist developing countries to both adapt to and mitigate climate change. To develop proposals on this critical issue, the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Advisory Group on Climate...

Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum Fact Sheet

Published September 1, 2010

The Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum is committed to fostering a common understanding among businesses, government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academia to advance green chemistry practice and policy in Minnesota and nationally. Green Chemistry is the the design, development and implementation of chemical...

The New Climate Debt: Carbon Trading Wrapped in a Green Bond Proposal

Published June 7, 2010

At the May 31–June 11 Bonn negotiations on climate change, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) members will be trying to sell their new proposal on “green sectoral bonds.”1 Like a conventional bond, the “green sectoral bond” is a debt instrument issued for a specific...

Especulando con el Carbono

Published April 14, 2010

El comercio de carbono en el Protocolo de Kyoto En las negociaciones de 1997 del protocolo de Kyoto, el vicepresidente de Estados Unidos Al Gore tuvo éxito en convencer a las partes de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas en Cambio Climático (UNFCCC, por sus siglas en inglés) a aceptar el comercio de emisiones...

Speculating on Carbon: The Next Toxic Asset Fact Sheet

Published April 8, 2010

Carbon Trading in the Kyoto Protocol At the Kyoto Protocol negotiations in 1997, Vice President Al Gore successfully persuaded United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) parties to accept the trading of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as one strategy industrialized countries could use to meet GHG-...