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Peru slashes environmental protections to attract more mining and fossil fuel investment

Mongabay Rainforest News - 4 hours 44 min ago
In an effort to kickstart investment in mining and fossil fuels, Peru has passed a controversial law that overturns many of its environmental protections and essentially defangs its Ministry of Environment. The new law has environmentalists not only concerned about its impact on the country but also that the measures will undermine progress at the up-coming UN Climate Summit in December.
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[Australia] Direct Action set to deliver carbon credits to farmers

REDD Monitor - 8 hours 54 min ago
By Cath McAloon, ABC Rural, 22 July 2014 | Farming groups are pushing ahead with plans for projects to store carbon in soil, after the Federal Government approved a methodology that will allow farmers to earn carbon credits. The methodology for sequestering carbon in soils in grazing systems was approved by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt last week. Louisa Kiely, director of Carbon Farmers of Australia, says having the methodology finalised and approved for earning carbon credits is the culmination of many years of research and negotiation. "It is significant not just for Australia, but it's significant world wide," Ms Kiely said. "This could help farmers all over the world, as well as the job of removing carbon from the air all over the world. "The landholders of Australia, the farmers, who control over 65 per cent of our land, can now start the important job of sequestering carbon into their soils for productivity improvement and selling the carbon into a carbon market."
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Some Chinese carbon projects to exit UN offset market if allowed

REDD Monitor - 9 hours 20 sec ago
By Susanna Twidale and Kathy Chen, Reuters, 21 July 2014 | Some developers of projects to cut carbon emissions in developing nations, particularly China, are likely to pull out of the U.N. offset scheme and move to markets with higher prices, if plans to allow them to exit are implemented. At a meeting last week, members of the board overseeing the U.N's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) said they would work on new rules to allow any registered project to exit the system. They will discuss proposed rule changes at its next meeting in September. Some developers in China, where almost half of all registered CDM projects are located, said they would be interested in leaving the CDM, because carbon credits can fetch much higher prices in China's new domestic trading schemes. "If we can only choose between one or another market, it is all up to the financial return," said a consultant manager with a Chinese state power company, who was not authorized to speak with the press.
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[Peru] 'Violent attacks' caused uncontacted Indians to emerge

REDD Monitor - 9 hours 1 min ago
Survival International, 21 July 2014 | Highly vulnerable uncontacted Indians who recently emerged in the Brazil-Peru border region have said that they were fleeing violent attacks in Peru. FUNAI, Brazil’s Indian Affairs Department, has announced that the group of uncontacted Indians has returned once more to their forest home. Seven Indians made peaceful contact with a settled indigenous Ashaninka community near the Envira River in the western Acre state, Brazil, three weeks ago. A government health team was dispatched and has treated seven Indians for flu. FUNAI has announced it will reopen a monitoring post on the Envira River which it closed in 2011 when it was overrun by drug traffickers. The emerging news has been condemned as “extremely worrying” by Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, as epidemics of flu, to which uncontacted Indians lack immunity, have wiped out entire tribes in the past.
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EU green lights key mechanisms in UK clean energy market overhaul

Business Green - 9 hours 18 min ago

Contracts for Difference and Capacity Market mechanism secure state aid approval, as critics warn reforms throw a lifeline to dirty coal power

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Breaking: EU Commission proposes energy efficiency goal for 2030

Business Green - 10 hours 45 min ago

30 per cent target designed to curb emissions and boost energy security amid Ukraine crisis

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What will happen to the Big Six ECO "windfall"?

Business Green - 11 hours 52 sec ago

Energy industry declares "there is no windfall" and hints any savings could take years to filter through to customers, as energy efficiency sector calls for savings to be reinvested in insulation

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European wind industry slashes growth forecasts

Business Green - 14 hours 18 min ago

EWEA predicts 192.4GW of installed capacity by 2020, blaming economic slowdown, policy uncertainty, and falling energy demand

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New Environment Agency chairman has fracking links

Business Green - 14 hours 34 min ago

Sir Philip Dilley was previously chairman of engineering firm that wrote environmental reports on fracking for Cuadrilla

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Geoscart secures millions for Sainsbury’s geothermal rollout

Business Green - 14 hours 50 min ago

Macquarie Lending agrees £15m for initial phase, followed by 'significant funds' for further geothermal deployment

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European Investment Bank backs UK smart meter rollout as part of £190m deal

Business Green - 15 hours 11 min ago

EIB inks lending agreement with Arqiva to support the deployment of smart meter, digital radio and Wi-Fi infrastructure

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Roads through the rainforest: an overview of South America's 'arc of deforestation'

REDD Monitor - 15 hours 25 min ago
By Liz Kimbrough, mongabay.com, 21 July 2014 | When a new road centipedes its way across a landscape, the best of intentions may be laid with the pavement. But roads, by their very nature, are indiscriminate pathways, granting access for travel and trade along with deforestation and other forms of environmental degradation. And as the impacts of roads on forest ecosystems become clear, governments and planning agencies reach a moral crossroads. Roads have the potential to greatly cut costs for businesses and farms, grant rural communities access to healthcare facilities and bolster economic growth. But the trouble with roads is that they can easily pave the way for more destructive activities. As they are built, loggers, miners, land speculators, ranchers and other potentially eroding forces follow swiftly behind roads crews, turning the relatively small line of deforestation caused by a road into a an amoeboid-like growth of deforestation.
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Phone-based logging alert system eyes expanding to the Amazon

Mongabay Rainforest News - 16 hours 57 min ago
After exceeding an ambitious fundraising target to launch a near-real time forest monitoring system in the Congo Basin, a San-Francisco based start-up is now eyeing expansion in the Amazon where it hopes to help an indigenous rainforest tribe fight illegal logging.
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Top university backtracks over wind turbine fire claims

Business Green - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:29pm

Imperial College London admits it may have misled media over research analysing frequency and impact of wind industry fires

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Government trims Green Deal home improvement incentives as scheme passes £50m milestone

Business Green - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:10pm

Government reports 12,200 applications have been received by Green Deal energy efficiency incentive scheme

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How the Caribbean plans to become a green energy powerhouse

Business Green - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:05pm

Existential threat from climate change and high electricity costs are driving Caribbean Development Bank programme to boost clean energy investment

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LEGO attempts to stonewall escalating Greenpeace protest

Business Green - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:05pm

Toy giant refuses to accept petition from 115,000 people calling on it to quit partnership with Shell over Arctic oil exploration

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Climate adaptation must be backed by climate communication

Business Green - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:05pm

Bob Ward calls on newly appointed Environment Secretary Liz Truss to deliver a more coherent approach to climate adaptation

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'A high price to pay': new Indonesian peatland regulation may do more harm than good

REDD Monitor - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:28pm
By Fidelis E. Satriastanti, mongabay.com, 22 July 2014 | Inches away from being passed, a new regulation on peatlands management in Indonesia is drawing protests from civil societies that claim it may increase land tenure conflicts among local people. The Government Regulation on Peatland Ecosystem Protection and Management, initially drafted by the Ministry of Forestry in 2013, is getting mixed acceptance from civil society. On one hand, the regulation would offer more protection to the country’s vast peatland areas. However, on the other, some NGOs have slammed the draft as a potential source of new conflicts for local people. “The draft only categorizes peatlands into two functions, as protection areas and as cultivation areas,” Zenzi Suhedi, forest and plantation campaigner of ... Walhi, recently told Mongabay-Indonesia. “It does not touch on the ownership issue at all which brings out the question, what will happen to local people who are already in the areas?”
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