Doug Boucher

Movie night at my house last weekend, featuring Cowspiracy . The name says it all. The 2014/2015 movie by that name—“The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You to See,” according to its...

On Earth Day two weeks ago, 171 countries officially signed the Paris Agreement on climate change . In doing so, they agreed to the long term goal of ending humanity’s damage to the climate— that is...

UCS has just created a new set of web pages summarizing the latest scientific information on the drivers of tropical deforestation. Even though we published a 120-page book about this issue, The Root...

We’re halfway through the two weeks of the climate change negotiations here in Paris, and one contentious part of the draft text being negotiated is Article 3.1, entitled “Collective Long-Term Goal...

Shortly before I arrived here in Paris for the climate negotiations, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research released the annual figure on Amazon deforestation for 2014–2015. This number comes...

As the world’s political leaders come to Paris for the international climate negotiations (COP21) , how do things look with respect to the land sector (agriculture and forests) , which is responsible...

In recent days, with massive fires in Southeast Asia again creating the dangerous haze that endangers the health and lives of millions , we’ve seen the recurrence of the claim that fires and...

In the last few years, there has been heartening news, based on new scientific data, about progress in reducing global deforestation . The IPCC, in its Fifth Assessment Report in 2014 , reviewed all...

Perhaps the most viral meme in the discussion about global food and agriculture has been that we will need to produce at least 60% more food in 2050 . This statement has been repeated hundreds and...

Soon after I moved from academia into the NGO world in 2007, to work on ending tropical deforestation, I was warned about the fierce argument about whether carbon markets should have any connection...

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