Jump to Navigation

Sammlung von Newsfeeds

The Corporate Cookbook

REDD monitor news - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 10:02
Corporate Europe Observatory, 17 November 2015 You would be forgiven for believing that the corporate world has had a change of heart and is now sticking to a strictly climate-friendly diet. Embracing low-carbon natural gas, a global carbon price, ‘net-zero emissions by the end of the century’ or ‘climate-smart agriculture’ are top of the menu. But peel back the PR and you reveal a business-as-usual recipe guaranteed to cook the planet: market fundamentalism, pie-in-the-sky techno solutions and some good old fashioned rebranding of discredited ideas are the perfect ingredients for any corporate climate criminal. But rather than sending the dish back, our political leaders have asked for seconds. This briefing shows just when, where and how corporations are trying to capture the agenda of this winters UN climate talks in Paris, COP 21.

[Malaysia] Environmentalists Want Answers From Adenan As Peatland Clearing By KTS Continues

REDD monitor news - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 09:44
Sarawak Report, 21 November 2015 Two letters sent to Sarawak’s Chief Minister Adenan Satem earlier this month by the Malaysian environmental group “Friends Of The Orangutans (FOTO)” have urged the Sarawak Government to immediately halt environmental destruction of carbon-rich peatland in Sibu by the KTS-owned BLD Plantation Berhad. These followed an earlier meeting between environmental organisations and Adenan Satem, requesting him to halt the destructive activities of BLD. After all, Sarawak is now the only state in the world which has not yet banned this enormously destructive practice, flying in the face of Adenan’s attempts to present himself as a sudden protector of the environment.

New tool raises the profile of forests in national development agendas

GFIS - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 09:38

Originally posted on PROFOR’s website. It’s probably safe to say that we know more about the physical state of the world’s forests than ever before. From satellites to drones to interactive apps, technological advancements in how we measure and monitor forests have been remarkable, and essential to reaching commitments for protecting forests—a crucial contribution toward […]

[UK] Director banned for 11 years over wine investment scheme

REDD monitor news - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 09:37
By Jun Merrett, Citywire, 18 November 2015 The High Court has banned Jonothan Piper from being a director for 11 years over failures in trading fine wine investments. According to the Insolvency Service, Piper, a director of Embassy Wine UK, which traded in fine wine investments, caused or failed to prevent the company from selling wine to customers which it failed to provide, purchased wine from customers which it failed to pay them for, and charged fees to customers for which no service was provided. Embassy was wound up on public interest grounds after an investigation by the Insolvency Service. The Insolvency Service said its investigation showed the company was involved in a scheme to deprive investors of their savings by persuading them to invest in wine or sell their fine wine through the company. As a result, customers are owed at least £382,000.

[UK] Ex-Charlton defender disqualified over £16m investment scheme

REDD monitor news - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 09:36
By Jun Merrett, Citywire, 18 November 2015 Ex-Charlton Athletic defender Richard Rufus has been handed a 15 year bankruptcy order over his role in an alleged £16 million Ponzi scheme. According to the Insolvency Service, Rufus, who was once voted Charlton's greatest defender, took over £16 million in deposits from investors for currency exchange trading. However, he made losses of over £5 million and paid only £7 million to investors, which Rufus represented as returns on their investment. Rufus' investors included a church organisation that placed £5 million with Rufus to invest and a further church that placed funds totalling £665,000. Rufus also used over £3 million of investors' money for his own purposes or purposes that are unknown or not in the ordinary course of his business.

Brazil carbon emissions dip overall, but most sectors show increases

REDD monitor news - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 09:32
Reuters, 19 November 2015 Brazil's greenhouse gas emissions fell 0.9 percent in 2014, according to a network of local environmental organizations, which expressed concern that only one sector, though a large one, showed a decline. The drop last year to 1.558 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) resulted solely because Brazil managed to reduce deforestation after a spike in 2013, the Climate Observatory said in a report released on Thursday. Though receding after an 8 percent jump in 2013, Brazil's heat-trapping gases rose in all sectors last year except for land use change. Alterations in terrain, like deforestation, contribute most to emissions. The nearly across-the-board increase is worrying, the Observatory said, especially considering the stagnant economic performance last year, which in theory could have led to a fall in emissions from most sectors.

UK company director banned for selling illiquid VERs at inflated prices

REDD monitor news - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 09:25
By Mike Szabo, Carbon Pulse, 20 November 2015 The director of a London-based carbon credit company that was wound up by the government in 2014 has been disqualified for selling illiquid voluntary units (VERs) at inflated prices. Christopher James Thompson, a director of CT Carbon Limited (CTCL), was earlier this month barred from acting as a director in the UK for 14 years following an investigation by the Public Interest Unit, a unit of the government’s Insolvency Service. The body said that between 2011 and 2012, CTCL made sales totalling £1.1 million by cold-calling members of the public to sell them VERs, charging them 2.5-3.5 times the wholesale price it paid. “After receiving a letter from an investigative journalist highlighting concerns regarding the favourable rates offered by CTCL, the performance of the VERs as an investment, and the absence of a market where investors could sell their VERs, Mr. Thompson approached a new supplier and continued to sell VERs,” it added.

US senators demand Paris deal gets Senate vote regardless of legal form

REDD monitor news - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 09:23
By Stian Reklev, Carbon Pulse, 20 November 2015 Two Republican and one Democrat senators on Thursday introduced a resolution demanding that any outcome from the UN climate summit in Paris, regardless of legal form, must be put to a Senate vote. The resolution was put forward by senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), and intended to block a new international climate deal if it put US industry to a disadvantage to that of developing countries. “The international community needs to be aware that U.S. Congress and the American people do not support President Obama’s international climate agenda,” said Inhofe, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, well known for his years of opposing climate change policies. The resolution came after Secretary of State John Kerry last week said the Paris deal would not be legally binding...

Commentary: The imperative of forest conservation

REDD monitor news - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 09:20
By Geoffrey Heal, Kevin Conrad, Paul Chung and Federica Bietta, The Daily Climate, 19 November 2015 REDD+ is probably the only concrete measure that could be agreed at COP21 and implemented in the New Year. It is universally agreed upon to be a viable mechanism for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is ready for immediate implementation. No new technology is necessary for success with REDD+... In fact, we could end deforestation before we replace even 10 percent of fossil power stations by renewables. The goal of REDD+ is to build sustainable livelihoods for rural and indigenous communities by leveraging these forest management technologies and techniques... REDD+ is already at work stabilizing our climate—in 2008, Brazil and Norway agreed on a bilateral deal in which Brazil would greatly reduce Amazonian deforestation in exchange for payments from Norway. As a result, Brazil has since reduced deforestation in the Amazon by around 80 percent.

Forests for the climate - Full schedule of forest events at COP21 now available

REDD monitor news - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 09:18
IUCN, 20 November 2015 With less than two weeks until UNFCCC COP21, IUCN’s Global Forest and Climate Change Programme (GFCCP) is helping you stay connected with multimedia news on issues that underpin efforts to strengthen forests’ fight to stabilize our fragile climate: gender and forests, rights-based approaches, forest landscape restoration, private sector engagement, and more. We are also looking forward to highlighting The Bonn Challenge at the event, taking further steps towards having 150 million hectares of forests and degraded lands under restoration by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.

Tropenbos International Ghana links outcomes of Chainsaw Milling Project and Timber legality Compliance and Advocacy Project

GFIS - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 09:14
Tropenbos International Ghana has begun an initiative to link the outcomes of the Chainsaw Milling (CSM) Project with that of the Timber Legality Compliance and Advocacy Project (TILCAP) by building a symbiotic relationship between the two projects that would ensure that they support each other. Both projects are being funded by the European Union (EU).

Climate Smart Agriculture for healthy landscapes and livelihoods

GFIS - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 07:49

Originally posted on Forest, Trees and Agroforestry. CATIE is an implementing partner of this year’s Global Landscape Forum, hosting a discussion forum that deals with Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), together with the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA). Under the title Climate Smart Agriculture for healthy landscapes and livelihoods, CATIE and AIRCA want […]

Migration: What happens to the people (and forests) left behind?

GFIS - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 06:37

New patterns in migration are changing what it means to be ‘rural’ or ‘urban’—and reshaping the future of forests and farms.

Migration: What happens to the people (and forests) left behind?

GFIS - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 06:37

New patterns in migration are changing what it means to be ‘rural’ or ‘urban’—and reshaping the future of forests and farms.

Södra Cell to invest in new primary screening system and brown pulp washing system at its Mörrum mill in Sweden

GFIS - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 06:00
The expansion at Södra Cell Mörrum is continuing. A new primary screening system and brown pulp washing system will be put into operation between 23 November and 11 December. The new brown pulp washing system is initially expected to increase production capacity on the softwood pulp line by 30,000 tonnes per year. The investments will contribute to higher pulp quality, more effective washing results and lower chemical consumption on the pulp line.

Solar oven reduces wood reliance and proves lucrative in Kenya

GFIS - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 01:32

An article in Reuters tells the story of a women’s group in Kilifi Country, Kenya which has made a successful business from selling cakes backed using a solar oven.

read more

Case studies show agroecology at work in Africa

GFIS - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 01:31

New work by the Oakland Institute shows the success of agroecology across Africa which it says counters claims that Africa needs more synthetic fertilizers and genetically modified crops to ensure

read more

The need for integrated research

GFIS - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 01:16

The problems associated with researchers working in isolation and the need for multi-disciplinary knowledge sharing is highlighted in an article The Herald, Zimbabwe.

read more

GLF speaker Wanjira Maathai and 28 other authors explain why women will save the planet

GFIS - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 01:11

Just now, the environmental NGO Friends of the Earth is bringing out a book with a provocative title: Why Women Will Save the Planet. It is a collection of articles and interviews from 29 leading environmentalists and feminists, meant as a “rallying call” to environmental campaigning groups to no longer neglect women’s empowerment in their work. Friends […]

Vermont company partners with Rainforest Alliance to promote sustainable logging 

GFIS - Mo, 23/11/2015 - 00:15

A partnership between a Vermont wood products company and the Rainforest Alliance aims to help preserve biodiversity and improve the local economy in the Petén region of Guatemala.


Subscribe to ForestIndustries.EU Aggregator

by Dr. Radut