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Issue date: 
28 July 2010

Sparks fly over study suggesting wildfires cut CO2

Call it a hot topic. A study suggesting that intentional forest blazes could significantly cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from wildfires in the Western United States has prompted a piquant scholarly quarrel. The exchange highlights the challenge forest managers may face in balancing plans to use fire to restore forest ecosystems with efforts to curb carbon emissions.

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August 10th, 2010

Avoiding Planned Deforestation

The American Carbon Registry (ACR), a non-profit enterprise of Winrock International, welcomes feedback from its members, project proponents and other interested parties on the ACR Methodology for REDD – Avoiding Planned Deforestation

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August 12, 2010

China mudslides were predicted 13 years ago

Monster monsoon rains may have loosened the mud and rock that buried and killed more than 1,000 people in the northwestern Chinese Province of Gansu over the weekend, but the mudslide in Zhouqu was more than a natural disaster.

Official records show that government-run lumber companies cut 313,000 acres of forest from the slopes of Zhouqu county between 1952 and 1990, denuding the geologically vulnerable mountainsides and subjecting them to soil erosion.

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10 August 2010

Delivering biochar's triple win

Last year, there seemed to be an unwritten rule in enviro-circles: whenever two or more enviro-folks were gathered together in a place of meeting, talk must turn to biochar.

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July 21, 2010

Congo’s Minister of Environment here to study Guyana’s LCDS

Guyana’s efforts to draw attention to the value of standing forests in the climate change arena is drawing attention from peer countries facing similar challenges.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo which is home to the Congo Basin has sent a representative of their Government to study Guyana’s forest management practices and policies. The Basin is the second largest standing rainforest after the Amazon Basin and the residents and government of that country are dealing with many of the issues that are facing Guyana as a result of Climate Change and its effects.

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June 10, 2010

Neglect in the woods

A decade of cuts has left a priceless resource facing a homemade crisis...
There is an old saying that if the forest service is not planting trees, then it is not doing its job.

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29 July 2010

First Amazon bridge to open world's greatest rainforest to development

A new bridge has come to symbolise Brazil's most challenging and urgent issue: balancing the demands of economic development with environmental protection

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July 2010

Report from FCPF Meeting in Guyana

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s (FCPF) sixth Participants Committee meeting, which took place in Georgetown, Guyana at the end of June, reviewed and assessed the Readiness Preparation Proposals (R-PPs) of Argentina, Costa Rica, Kenya, Nepal and the Republic of Congo, and allocated $17.2 million to assist them in executing the contents of their R-PPs and to prepare for REDD+.

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August 18, 2009

B.C. stumbling on forests and climate change

Less than six months before the global climate summit in Copenhagen, this summer is giving us another taste of climate change. The extended heat wave reminded us that we're on the edge of a dangerous threshold unless we reduce carbon emissions quickly.

The tree-planting carbon offset proposed by B.C.'s Ministry of Forests in July doesn't inspire confidence that the province understands how forests can truly help us meet this challenge.

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July 26, 2010

US forest strategy boomerangs in Brazil

A recent ad campaign aimed at gaining Midwestern senators support for US climate change legislation has backfired in Brazil.


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by Dr. Radut