Author: Stephen Farshing
Stephen Farshing is a second year Master of Global Policy Studies student at the LBJ School. After working in the sustainable agribusiness sector in Peace Corps Ecuador, he came to the LBJ School to explore ways of leveraging international finance, trade, and public private partnerships to promote economic growth and development, especially in Latin American energy and business sectors. Stephen is from North Carolina and he holds a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from Appalachian State University.

Brazil Moving Forward: Barriers and Recommendations to Land-Use Emissions Mitigation

  This will be the final post (concerning Brazil) to promote our recent report on Land-Use and Agricultural Emissions in Brazil and Indonesia. I encourage all to read through the report to gain a more detailed understanding of the current emissions situations in

Are Brazil’s Deforestation Policies Enough?

      As deforestation alone is responsible for well over half of Brazil’s GHG emissions, it is a contentious sector at all levels of government, for businesses, NGOs, and civil society groups. To meet its stated emissions reductions goals by

AFOLU in Brazil: What’s the Big Deal?

When it comes to GHG emissions and climate change, Brazil is a bit of an oddity. Around a third of its current power generation comes from renewables (namely hydroelectricity), it is a pioneer in biofuels and ethanol production, and it

Cultivating Sustainability Pt. 2: Developing World Recommendations for Agricultural GHG Mitigation

As noted in part one of this series, the barriers to implementing sustainable land management practices, which are thoroughly outlined in our paper, are significant. But are they insurmountable? Our research and analysis tells us that though the road is

Cultivating Sustainability Pt. 1: Developing World Barriers to Agricultural GHG Mitigation

  The process of implementing sustainable agricultural practices, that are in many cases cost effective and better for long-term production, is laden with countless financial, market, technical, political, and cultural barriers. Greenhouse gas mitigation in this sector will require change

Indonesia’s Coal Export Taxes: Practical or Brash?

Over the past two decades, Indonesia has seen significant growth in coal production, exports, and domestic sales, driven primarily by an increase in foreign investment in the coal sector. Currently exports account for up to 80% of production, which should

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LULUCF: Definitions and Institutional Challenges

According to the UN Climate Change Secretariat, Land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) is defined as “A greenhouse gas inventory sector that covers emissions and removals of greenhouse gases resulting from direct human-induced land use, land use change and

World energy and climate implications from Argentina’s Vaca Muerta

The time is ripe to tap Argentina’s vast, world-class shale resources as American, European, and Chinese oil exploration companies flock to the Vaca Muerta formation, found in the Neuquen Basin. Discovered in 2010 by the Spanish-Argentine joint venture, Repsol-YPF, the