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Op-ed: Return climate politics to the art of the possible

December 7, 2023

On November 30, 2023 – ahead of COP28 in Dubai, Mary Grady (ACR Executive Director) published the following op-ed in Marketwatch. Politics has been called the art of the possible. Yet, when it comes to climate change, this adage is flipped on its head – the art of the impossible. As the world prepares for the […]

The total eclipse is coming. Winrock’s Innovation Hub is ready. Are you?

November 27, 2023

The following story was originally published on, an initiative of the Simons Foundation. For over 20 years, Errin Stanger, director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, has been driven by her love of community organizing and serving others. So when she learned that her town of North Little Rock, Arkansas, was in the path […]

10 reasons the world needs carbon markets

November 27, 2023

This story was originally published on The world is not on track to meet Paris Agreement goals and current policies put us on the path for 2.7°C of warming, well beyond what climate scientists say is safe for humanity. Even if every country met its current commitments, the world would still be 24 gigatons of emissions short of […]

Committing to a child labor-free world

June 14, 2023

I want to share an update on some of the U.S. Department of Labor-funded MATE MASIE project’s inspiring successes as we work with communities, government and other important stakeholders in Ghana to better understand the complex drivers of child labor in the cocoa industry, and to develop solutions to prevent it. It is important for […]

Cleaning up global cooling systems with carbon markets

May 1, 2023

Refrigerants are the chemicals used in our air conditioning and refrigeration systems to keep people, food and medicine cool. In an increasingly warming world, they are being utilized more and more to help people adapt to rising temperatures. Unfortunately, the most common chemical compounds we use as refrigerants, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), are extremely potent […]

How Winrock International supports impact investment in sustainable development and climate action

April 20, 2023

As a mission-driven organization focused on sustainable international and domestic development, Winrock International recognizes the massive amount of work that lies ahead to fill the estimated investment gap between where the world is, today, and the amount of money needed in order to hit the goals set in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. I’ve […]

Assessing carbon storage in Florida’s Everglades

April 11, 2023

When most people envision forests, they imagine sweeping terrestrial landscapes, such as the massive Boreal Taiga of Siberia, the Amazon rainforest, or the majestic redwoods of California. These vital and diverse landscapes around the world are cherished for their beauty and the benefits they provide. Much of our work at Winrock focuses on addressing the […]

How to integrate remote sensing into the forest carbon market, the right way

April 7, 2023

The forest carbon market quantifies and monetizes the climate benefits of preserving and growing healthy forest ecosystems. The industry has seen rapid growth in recent years and is demanding quality and scalability. Standards bodies, such as the American Carbon Registry (ACR), the world’s oldest private greenhouse gas (GHG) registry, are gatekeepers for quality assurance and […]

“Be my (socially responsible) Valentine?” How Winrock is reducing child labor in Ghana’s cocoa industry

February 14, 2023

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be as sweet without chocolate. And though cocoa is native to South America, nowadays, the world’s two largest chocolate producers are in West Africa. In fact, my home country, Ghana, is the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer, just after our next-door neighbors, Ivory Coast.   So when a colleague invited me to write about […]
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