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Chile announces one of the largest marine parks in the world off the coast of Easter Island

GFIS - 4 hours 19 min ago
The new marine park was first proposed by the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island and will be the third-largest protected ocean area in the world.

A message to the UNFCCC: To stop climate crimes, leave fossil fuels in the ground

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 20:40
“Concretely, governments have to end subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, and to freeze fossil fuel extraction by leaving untouched 80% of all existing fossil fuel reserves.” That’s the demand in a statement signed by Naomi Klein, Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky and Vandana Shiva. Leaving fossil fuels in the ground … read more

OSU receives $6 million pledge from Sierra Pacific Industries for wood products lab

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 20:21

California-based Sierra Pacific Industries, one of the largest lumber companies in the United States, has pledged $6 million to the College of Forestry at Oregon State University for its new advanced wood products laboratory. In recognition of Sierra Pacific’s contribution, OSU officials said Monday, the laboratory will be named in honor of A.A. “Red” Emmerson who, with his father R. H. “Curly” Emmerson, founded the company.

Giant carnivorous rat with long pubic hair discovered in Indonesia

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 19:22
Researchers have discovered a species of rodent in the mountainous interior of Sulawesi, a Indonesian island known for its high rates of endemism.

$6 million gift boosts OSU forestry complex

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 19:18

A hefty donation from a California lumber company has pushed Oregon State University closer to its fundraising goal for the Oregon Forest Science Complex. The $6 million gift from Sierra Pacific Industries, one of the nation’s largest lumber producers, will go toward the construction of a 20,000... (more)

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70th General Debate Highlights MOI, Partnerships for Achieving SDGs

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 19:01
Participants in the general debate for the UN's 70th General Assembly (UNGA) welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in the second-to-last day of the debate, on 2 October 2015. Speakers highlighted progress and national priorities for sustainable development and poverty eradication. They also addressed the refugee and migrant crisis and security and peacekeeping operations around the world.

Defining Solutions, Finding Problems: Deforestation, Gender, and REDD+ in Burkina Faso

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 16:32
Lisa Westholm and her colleague Seema Arora-Jonsson were published in Conservation and Society.

Remote sensing of vegetation in the Sudano-Sahelian zone: A literature review from 1975 to 2014

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 15:48
Martin Karlson and Madelene Ostwald were published in Journal of Arid Environments.

Indonesia says doing all it can as neighbors ready new haze measures

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 14:11
Haze pollution blew westwards over the South China Sea on Tuesday as officials in Malaysia and Singapore pledged new measures designed to tackle the longer-term causes of farm and plantation fires in Indonesia.

Recycled containerboard prices in Poland rise again

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 13:58
In contrast to developments on other European markets, recycled containerboard prices in Poland...

Ivory trafficking on Nigeria-Cameroon border targeted

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 13:51
Yaounde, Cameroon, October 2015—methods to counter ivory trafficking were under the spotlight during training events held by TRAFFIC for enforcement officers working in key Nigeria-Cameroon border regions last month.

The coming tragedy of Paris: A disastrous climate deal that will see the planet burn

REDD monitor news - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 12:29
By Mary Louise Malig, Global Forest Coalition, 5 October 2015 There are only 5 negotiating days left before the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). From October 19-23, 2015, the UNFCCC is supposed to hammer out the modalities of the Paris deal. At this point, we should have a good sense of what the Paris deal will be. After all, since the COP17 in Durban, South Africa, where the mandate to draft a new climate agreement until 2030 was adopted, there have already been a total of 85 negotiating days, a carbon filled amount of flights for 193 parties to the convention, and at the wayside thousands of dead and displaced from destructively intense typhoons, hurricanes, floods or droughts. In the Philippines alone, the strongest typhoon to ever make landfall, Typhoon Haiyan, killed 6,000 and left thousands more homeless and without livelihood.

[Indonesia] National scene: Police question foreign firms over forest fires

REDD monitor news - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 11:01
The Jakarta Post, 5 October 2015 The National Police are investigating two foreign companies for alleged involvement in causing land and forest fires in Central and West Kalimantan. National Police spokesperson Agus Rianto identified the two companies as Chinese-owned PT ASP and Australian-owned PT KAL. “Two foreign investors are currently under investigation, namely, PT ASP [in Central Kalimantan] and PT KAL [in West Kalimantan],” Agus said on Sunday as quoted by kompas.com. The government has recorded a total of 42 million hectares of land on fire in Sumatra and Kalimantan while the police are currently working on 238 cases. Agus added that of the 238 cases, 191 involved individual perpetrators while 47 involved corporations. “Two hundred and five people have been named suspects in individual cases while 11 people have been named suspects in the corporate cases. Seventy-two people have been detained,” he said.

Will China cheat on cap-and-trade?

REDD monitor news - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 10:07
By Ruth Greenspan Bell, LA Times, 1 October 2015 When China announced that it would institute a cap-and-trade program to control greenhouse gas emissions, many environmentalists praised the development. They took it as a sign that the world's second-largest economy is serious about becoming a leader in the fight against climate change But does China have the institutions to make cap-and-trade, a system suited to Western capitalist countries, work? Or should it apply its own governance traditions — which have functioned incredibly well to create a vibrant economy, develop a highly educated workforce and turn a developing country into a world leader — as principal tools for emissions control?

Work on carbon markets held back as diplomats slash UN climate text

REDD monitor news - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 10:03
By Stian Reklev and Ben Garside, Carbon Pulse, 5 October 2015 Mention of carbon markets was largely left out of the main draft Paris agreement released Monday, though references to building an international carbon market regime made it into a draft decision for negotiators to craft detailed rules on later. The new 20-page working text, trimmed down from 83 pages previously by Algeria’s Ahmed Djoghlaf and the USA’s Daniel Reifsnyder, contained two main elements – a draft core agreement for the December climate summit and a draft decision to thrash out further details before the agreement enters into force in 2020. Gone was the section of unallocated items that contributed to bloating the size of the previous draft. Most options for carbon markets had been kept in that final section, and Monday’s heavily-bracketed draft contained few references to or mentions of an international emissions market in the core agreement.

Climate policy risk: logging restrictions

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 09:23
The target of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December is to reach a global convention on climate policy. The […]

Good news! Some corals show surprising resilience to ocean acidification

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 06:56
Yellow finger corals found around Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia have a built-in mechanism that could help them cope with ocean acidification, a new study has found.

Valmet-supplied LignoBoost lignin separation plant starts up at Stora Enso's Sunila softwood pulp mill in Finland

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 06:00
Stora Enso's Sunila mill is now running the Valmet-supplied LignoBoost lignin separation plant. As the last part of the handover process, the lignin dryer, was taken over by the Stora Enso team on September 15, 2015. The LignoBoost plant is integrated with the pulp mill to separate and collect lignin from the black liquor. This is a significant step in transforming the Sunila mill towards an innovative and customer focused biorefinery. The plant has been running since January 2015 and production has been ramped up during the year.

Growth in Chile’s plantations may have spelled growth in poverty

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 05:06

Timber production is a $6 billion business and the economic mainstay in south-central Chile. But the people who live around industrial plantations may include the poorest in the country, a new study has found. The study of 180 municipalities or comunas – the first to examine the socioeconomic impact of industrial tree plantations in Chile... Read more

Deforestation declines in the Amazon rainforest

GFIS - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 04:30
Destruction of primary forests across the Amazon basin has declined significantly since the 2000s, finds research published Monday by a group of Latin American social and environmental organizations known as The Amazonian Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information (RAISG). The study, released as a report with a detailed map of deforestation, indicates that deforestation between 2010 […]


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