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Issue date: 
November 29, 2009

So what? Is climate heating up or cooling down?

For years there has been a strong divide between those that believe mankind is causing global warming and those that don't.

Sustainable Forest Management increasingly important for Climate-Change Mitigation

Expert-Level Meeting of the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE) highlights crucial role of European Forests 
FOREST EUROPE: New brand name for the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE) 

Ecotourism may be a solution to the tourism industry’s climate threat

Tourism is considered to be a highly climate-sensitive economic sector similar to agriculture. This has encouraged industry players to look at new ways to respond effectively to these problems.

Forests' crucial climate role also seen by the US

A great deal has been learned over the past 15 years about how to reduce carbon emissions from tropical deforestation in ways that benefit local people and the global environment.

US-Report highlights deforestation

A new bipartisan coalition of business, government and environmental leaders is asking the Senate to make deforestation a centerpiece of the climate bill by allocating billions to fund tropical forest preservation programs in developing nations.

On the Copenhagen Agenda, Reducing Deforestation May Still Succeed

This month, the journal Nature Geoscience published a study calculating that deforestation is responsible for about 15% of global carbon emissions, down from earlier estimates of 20% or more. Most of the world's deforestation is concentrated in a few tropical nations, like Brazil and Indonesia where trees are disappearing fast — when these trees die or are burned, they release into the atmosphere all the carbon they've sucked up while they were alive. According to the Nature Geoscience study, the problem of deforestation is becoming a lot less dire than previously thought.

Mini ice age took hold of Europe in months

JUST months - that's how long it took for Europe to be engulfed by an ice age. The scenario, which comes straight out of Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, was revealed by the most precise record of the climate from palaeohistory ever generated.

Ever thought about on how climate negotiations are be done?

At 8am on Wednesday 7 October, a smartly dressed fiftysomething Filipino woman took the escalator to the first floor of the UN building in Bangkok and merged into a throng of diplomats, civil servants and environmentalists arriving for the eighth day of the ninth session of the global climate talks. She was met with a few respectful nods.

CO2 from forest destruction overestimated?

The carbon dioxide emissions caused by the destruction of tropical forests have been significantly overestimated, according to a new study. The work could undermine attempts to pay poor countries to protect forests as a cost-effective way to tackle global warming.

The loss of forests in countries such as Brazil and Indonesia is widely assumed to account for about 20% of all carbon dioxide produced by human activity – more than the world's transport system. The 20% figure was published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007 and was widely quoted after being highlighted by the Stern review on the economics of the problem. It is repeatedly used by Prince Charles and others as an incentive to push efforts to include forests in carbon trading.

Curbing emissions from deforestation is one of the main issues being discussed at a UN climate meeting in Barcelona this week, before crucial talks in Copenhagen next month.

EU has agreed to accept burden sharing on climate change mitigation

The EU is reportedly willing to begin its funding next year, although a new global climate deal replacing the Kyoto Protocol is not expected to become effective before 2013. The new EU move is an attempt to signal willingness to reach a global deal at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in December.

According to the web edition of the Danish daily, Politiken, the European Union suggests a global sum of annually five to seven billion euro during the period 2010-2012. EU expects to fund around a third of the total amount.


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by Dr. Radut