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{Australia] Boiler rooms have your private information and they’ll use it against you

REDD monitor news - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 23:21
news.com.au, 27 May 2015 They are small, well-run, professional operations with a handful of dedicated staff who know to do their jobs well. But these aren’t the Australians that Tony Abbott wants to “have a go” and contribute to the economy. These so called “boiler rooms” exist only to take your money... Warren Day, the senior assessment and intelligence executive at ASIC, said a lot of work had gone into uncovering what was fuelling the boiler rooms. “The real question is how do they know how to target... We do know people who put their names down on mailing lists and competitions, if you’re in shopping centre for example, or fill in a survey where you’re in the running to get an iPad, or if you say, ‘Yes I’d like to be marketed to about financial service, or buy tickets online’. If you do all of this your name goes into a marketing database,” Mr Day said. The Australian Crime Commission had determined those databases could be sold and eventually "end up in hands of these scammers".

Video - Natural & facilitated lodgepole pine regeneration after mountain pine beetle outbreak. Presentation by Ellen Macdonald

GFIS - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 22:16

Ellen MacDonald, professor in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta, talks about research on lodgepole pine regeneration after mountain pine beetle outbreaks in Alberta. This work includes developing operational-scale harvesting and site preparation treatments to rehabilitate pure lodgepole pine stands that have been partially killed by MPB, and assess the fire risk of forests receiving partial harvesting and mechanical site preparation treatments designed to facilitate tree regeneration.

Research found that pine stands in Alberta mostly show very gradual mortality post-MPB. Since most sites are without seedlings, there will be almost no chance for successful natural regeneration in the near future. Future work includes assessing the potential for lodgepole pine regeneration post-MPB attack across a range of lodgepole pine ecosite types in west-Central Alberta.

This presentation was a part of the Mountain Pine Beetle Information Exchange Forum in Edmonton, in April, 2015.

FRI Subject Area: Lodgepole PineForest ManagementDisplay on Maps: Related Program: Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program

Video - History of Mountain Pine Beetle in Alberta, and 2014/15 Operational Update. Presentation by Erica Samis

GFIS - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 22:09

Erica Samis, senior manager of Forest Health and Adaptation Section in Alberta Agriculture & Forestry, discusses the history of the mountain pine beetle (MPB) in Alberta and gives an update on 2014-15.

Beginning in the early 1940s in Banff National Park, and continuing through to a small infestation in Waterton Lake National Park, she covers the history of MPB outbreaks. She also talks about MPB aerial survey results in Alberta for 2014, the changes to management zones from 2013 to 2014, and ground surveys – 16,000 sites on the ground were reached this year.

This presentation was a part of the Mountain Pine Beetle Information Exchange Forum in Edmonton, in April, 2015.

FRI Subject Area: Forest ManagementPublic Land ManagementInsect InfestationsDisplay on Maps: Related Program: Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program

Opinion Rivaling Gold: Ecological Assets Outperform Traditional Commodities

REDD monitor news - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 17:33
By William G. Coleman, Ecosystem Marketplace, 26 May 2015 The market value of compensatory mitigation credits for wetland, stream and species conservation have risen consistently over the past decade, according to a recent review of publically available mitigation credit price data undertaken by Eco-Asset Solutions Inc. (EASI) of Redwood City, California. EASI analyzed over 500 available internet records on price information for wetlands and stream credits, California species and habitat credits, along with nutrient credits traded in the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River Basin. These records ranged from as far back as the late 1980s to this year. The outcome of this comprehensive research is the Mitigation Credit Price Report.

[USA] California ‘Under 2 MOU' Demonstrates Ambition And Bottom Up Support For GHG Reductions In The Lead Up To COP 21

REDD monitor news - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 16:56
By Jennifer A. Smokelin, Todd O. Maiden and Phillip H. Babich, mondaq.com, 26 May 2015 On May 19, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on Subnational Global Climate Leadership (the "MOU") with eleven other leaders from jurisdictions in North America, South America and Europe. In addition to Governor Brown, the 11 other signatories represented: Acre, Brazil; Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Baja California, Mexico; Catalonia, Spain; Jalisco, Mexico; Wales, UK; Ontario, Canada, British Columbia, Canada, Oregon, U.S.A., Vermont, U.S.A., and Washington, U.SA. The MOU's general objective is to limit increases in the global average temperature. The MOU sets forth a list of policy initiatives with the hope of keeping the average global temperature from rising no more than 2° Celsius. The MOU is not a contract, nor is it a treaty, and it has no binding effect on the signatories, or on businesses operating within those jurisdictions.

[Germany] Deutsche Bank Agrees to Pay $55 Million to SEC

REDD monitor news - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 16:49
By Eyk Henning, The Wall Street Journal, 26 May 2015 Deutsche Bank is trying to move beyond its period of scandals and alleged malfeasance. It unveiled a new strategy in late April designed to boost its profitability and share price. In another positive move for the bank, a Frankfurt prosecutor last week cleared Deutsche Bank executives of possible involvement in an alleged carbon-trading scheme. German media reports recently suggested that some senior executives at the bank knew that individual traders were allegedly involved in a tax-fraud scheme in the market for carbon credits. Deutsche Bank said last week it was informed by the public prosecutor’s office in Frankfurt “that based on the documents regarding the CO2 matter provided by Deutsche Bank on April 24, 2015, there is no reason for the Public Prosecutor to open an investigation against members of Deutsche Bank’s management board.”

[Australia] Concerns raised after Federal Government awards millions of dollars to old emissions reduction projects

REDD monitor news - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 16:49
By Steve Cannane and Brigid Andersen, ABC News, 27 May 2015 The Federal Government has awarded tens of millions of dollars worth of new contracts to companies for emissions reduction projects that have been running for years, raising concerns that some businesses are double-dipping and that climate targets will not be met. The centrepiece of the Coalition's Direct Action plan is the reverse auction, in which companies with projects designed to abate emissions are awarded contracts through the Emissions Reduction Fund. Last month's reverse auction awarded $660 million worth of contracts that will deliver about 5.4 million tonnes per year of abatement towards the 2020 emissions reduction target... LMS Energy won contracts estimated to be worth in excess of $100 million for its landfill gas projects. But Lateline understands that at least 25 out of 28 of the LMS projects were already established and some had been operational for more than a decade.

[EU] CO2 market fix: Environment Committee MEPs back deal with Council

REDD monitor news - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 16:46
European Parliament press release, 26 May 2015 A reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), informally agreed with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, was backed by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. The reform aims to reduce the surplus of carbon credits available for trading in order to support the price of the emission rights. The scheme would start operating in 2019. The proposed law would create a system that automatically takes a portion of ETS allowances off the market and into a reserve if the surplus exceeds a certain threshold. In the opposite scenario, allowances could be returned to the market. The surplus of emission allowances, which has been building up in the system since 2009, is estimated at over 2 billion.

The Role of a Vegetation Ecologist

GFIS - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 16:00
Vegetation ecologists play an essential role in the U.S. Forest Service. They research the abundance and location of flora in their region as well as the factors that influence how the plants flourish. All nine Forest Service regions and most forests have ecologists on staff, representing a variety of interests. Some ecologists are fascinated by [...]

Forests for a sustainable future: CIFOR’s 2014 annual report

GFIS - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 14:29
Peat fires in Sumatra, forestry degrees in the DRC, the world’s largest reforestation program in China, timber growers in Peru...

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Brings Teams from Across North America to Break a World Record for a Cause

GFIS - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 14:25
People of all ages and backgrounds from across the U.S. and Canada came together Wednesday 20 May to break the Guinness World Record for the most trees planted in one hour by small teams. Organized by PEFC’s North American member, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), more than...

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China's Hubei carbon market postpones compliance deadline to June: Industry

REDD monitor news - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 14:09
The Economic Times, 25 May 2015 The carbon exchange in China's Hubei is likely to postpone a May compliance deadline by about a month as the province tries to tackle a massive glut that is currently weighing on the market, industry sources said. Nearly 140 market participants were supposed to surrender their permits this month to comply with their targets, but Hubei has not yet come to an agreement on emission caps with local companies and has pushed the deadline to June, companies and brokers familiar with the situation said. Hubei government officials could not be immediately reached for a comment.

PNG Forest Minister expects REDD+ to become law

REDD monitor news - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 14:08
Radio New Zealand News, 27 May 2015 Papua New Guinea's Forestry Minister says PNG is close to bringing into law a UN programme aimed at reducing emissions and conserving forests. Douglas Tomuriesa says the framework for REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) should become law in the current parliament sitting. The programme aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through forest management in developing countries, and is linked to the emerging carbon credits market. Mr Tomuriesa says legislation has passed through its first reading and the government has identified five major forest areas in PNG to conserve. He says a number of developed countries considering reducing their emissions are looking at the carbon market. "Where do they buy carbon credits for these emissions? Well, Papua New Guinea is here, and Papua New Guinea is putting its hands up to say that, hey, we're prepared to conserve our forest for REDD programmes for you to buy carbon credits."

In the forest, women’s voices not heard: report

REDD monitor news - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 14:08
By Barbara Fraser, CIFOR Forests News Blog, 26 May 2015 REDD+ – with its emphasis on the sustainable management of forests, is so often pitched to communities and what they can do to help ensure their futures. And even while civil society emphasizes helping the poor and indigenous forest communities, a new study from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) says that one group is very often overlooked: women. "The goal of REDD+ is to reduce emissions by changing the way people use forest resources,” said CIFOR principal scientist, Anne Larson, lead author of the study. “But unless we understand how forests are managed and how women use forests, there’s a risk that decisions will be made about forest use that could have a negative impact on women’s livelihoods and resilience.” Although REDD+ projects include safeguards aimed at ensuring that they do not harm women, they often focus only on women’s participation in meetings, without considering whether women feel included.

Hungary investigates tissue paper products cartel allegations

GFIS - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 12:36
Hungary is conducting an anti-trust investigation into seven sellers and distributors of sanitary...

Fine paper manufacturers want to charge more in Germany

GFIS - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 12:14
With manufacturing costs rising and mark-ups so far failing to keep pace, several producers of...

First instalment of price hike for brown kraftliner put through in France

GFIS - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 12:07
Manufacturers of brown kraftliner succeeded in getting a first instalment of the announced price...

Quang Binh charges violators of wild animal protection

GFIS - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 11:11
HA NOI (VNS) — Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park's Forest Management Department in Quang Binh Province will prosecute two local persons for ...

Grayson Wealth Management and Carpathian Forestry are running a recovery room scam

GFIS - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 10:33
A company called Grayson Wealth Management is cold calling people who have been scammed into buying carbon credits. Grayson Wealth Management’s telemarketers offer them a way of getting rid of their carbon credits. It’s a scam, of course. The scam is a variation on the usual recovery room scam, where … read more

Integrating silvicultural strategies to minimize abiotic and biotic constraints in Brazil

GFIS - Thu, 28/05/2015 - 10:17
This paper describes the basic requirements for integrating genetic and silvicultural strategies to min- imize abiotic and biotic constraints in eucalypt plantations. Improving natural resources use efficiency by breeding and matching genotypes to sites and using appropriate site management practices is a key challenge to sustain or increase productivity.

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