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11 May 2010

Will and equity - does climate alternative offer enough?

No-one I know who survived the two-week incarceration in Copenhagen's Bella Center in December believes everything is tight and rosy with the UN climate process.


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May 4, 2010

EcoSecurities: Forest carbon offsetting report 2010

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April 21, 2010

Copenhagen Accord - missing the mark

Current pledges to reduce emissions are no where near good enough to keep the planet's warming to below 2°C, argue Joeri Rogelj, Malte Meinshausen and colleagues in an opinion piece in Nature this week.

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Friday, 22 February 2008

Tree planting: A key weapon against global warming

Tree-planting activities - reforestation and afforestation - have come in for criticism in recent times, giving rise to a debate over whether planting new forests in order to combat climate change is worthwhile, and whether it can be accurately reflected in a system of economic credits.

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Monday 12 April

Confidential document reveals Obama's hardline US climate talk strategy

Document outlines key messages the Obama administration wants to convey in the run-up to UN climate talks in Mexico in November.

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9 April 2010

Organizational Issues in Spotlight as Climate Talks Resume in Bonn

Delegates to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the first meeting since Copenhagen.  This three-day meeting, however, is more about process than product.  Ecosystem Marketplace drops in for a quick look at the negotiations.

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Business should get credit for saving forests, coalition says

Power companies should get credit under a climate change bill for forest conservation, a coalition of groups said Monday.

Companies also should get credit for supporting farming activites that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the groups said.

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Programs for Climate Action get underway with $400 m for forests and $300 m for renewables

New Delhi: A $100 million pledge from the Government of Japan has helped to secure the funding base and launch the operational phase of two new climate programs supporting forest management and renewable energy investments in developing countries.

REDD for Dummies

TREES are one of the most efficient systems of carbon capture and storage on the planet. They breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, locking the carbon into their roots, trunk, branches, twigs and leaves and the soil. They are so good at this that about 20% of the greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere can be attributed to deforestation. In the run-up to the climate talks in Copenhagen in December, bright minds around the world are negotiating a formal scheme for reducing the loss of trees as a way of lowering the world’s carbon emissions.

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December 21, 2009

South American Environmental Trusts Join Columbia Center to Create Amazon Forest Carbon Credits

Five environmental trust funds in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru have joined with Columbia University’s Center for Environment, Economy, and Society to establish the Amazon Forest Carbon Partnership, a collaboration to reduce carbon emissions and provide an economic alternative for forest dwelling communities and commercial enterprises in the Amazon. The issue of forest carbon credit, in which wealthy countries offset their emissions by compensating land holders for preserving forests, was a core point of negotiations at the global climate summit in Copenhagen.


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by Dr. Radut