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UN concern at climate change in Pacific

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 1 hour 44 min ago
Source: Radio New Zealand International - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, says he is deeply concerned about the effects of climate change in the Pacific.
Categories: Climate Change News

France underlines commitment to "legally binding" agreement at Paris climate summit

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 1 hour 44 min ago
Source: BusinessGreen - Are the UN summit's hosts on a collision course with the Obama administration?
Categories: Climate Change News

Rich nations have moral duty to help island nations as climate change shifts weather patterns, says World Bank envoy

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 1 hour 44 min ago
Source: Sydney Morning Herald - Small island nations, particularly those in the Pacific, are already experiencing "extreme effects" from global warming, and rich nations including Australia have a "moral responsibility" to help them cope with future unavoidable threats, a senior World Bank executive said.
Categories: Climate Change News

Climate change tops UN summit agenda in Samoa

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 1 hour 44 min ago
Source: Al-Jazeera - UN conference set to tackle climate and economic issues facing the world's most vulnerable countries.
Categories: Climate Change News

Climate focus at UN small islands summit in Samoa

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 1 hour 44 min ago
Source: AFP - A major United Nations conference on small island nations began in Samoa on Monday, with the emphasis on helping them survive the pressing challenge posed by climate change.
Categories: Climate Change News

UN agencies will be mobilized to implement recommendations from SIDS conference

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 1 hour 45 min ago
Source: Seychelles News Agency - Seychelles President James Michel has arrived in Apia, Samoa for the UN conference on small island developing states and has on the eve of the event held talks with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Categories: Climate Change News

Push for climate change on UN agenda

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 1 hour 45 min ago
Source: Radio New Zealand International - The world's 52 Small Island Developing States are calling for climate change to be the focus of a major United Nations conference in Samoa this week.
Categories: Climate Change News

Samoa hosts hundreds of global leaders for talks on developing island states

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 1 hour 45 min ago
Source: ABC Radio Australia - Hundreds of global leaders from government, NGOs and the private sector have descended on the tiny Pacific country of Samoa for rare talks on how to develop island states.
Categories: Climate Change News

Why carbon markets should top Ban Ki-moon’s climate agenda

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 1 hour 45 min ago
Source: RTCC - When and if heads of state turn up to Ban Ki-moon’s climate summit next month, there will be many ideas competing for their attention.
Categories: Climate Change News

French diplomats rallied to climate cause in run-up to Paris

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 1 hour 45 min ago
Source: RTCC - President Francois Hollande prepares for Ban Ki-moon summit next month as French diplomacy ramps up ahead of Paris
Categories: Climate Change News

Historic Wildfires Burn Through Canada As Sub-Arctic Forests Heat Up

REDD Monitor - 2 hours 12 min ago
By Jeff Spross, Climate Progress, 25 August 2014 | Wildfires are taking off in Canada as the country goes through one of its hottest and driest summers in decades. Wildfire activity in the Northwest Territories is more than six times higher than its 25-year average, and as of August 23 a total of 162 wildfires were burning in British Columbia. The latter province has seen 1,269 wildfires so far this year, along with 314,895 hectares of land burned — almost equivalent to 2010, when the province lost 337,149 hectares to various blazes. The fires have cut through the boreal forests that lie just outside the Arctic Circle throughout Canada, aided by the hottest and driest summer the Northwest Territories have seen in 50 years. According to Canada’s National Post, the fires can kick smoke up to 10 or even 15 kilometers into the atmosphere, leaving massive plumes that can be spotted by satellite and seen as far away as Portugal.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Guyana’s CMRV model lauded by WWF

REDD Monitor - 2 hours 14 min ago
Kaieteur News, 30 August 2014 | Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Robert Persaud yesterday reaffirmed that Guyana stands on firm ground in asserting that its forest is well-managed and has consistently reflected a low deforestation rate of less than 0.1 percent and has reported a verified low rate of illegality. He was at the time speaking at the closing of a weeklong international exchange workshop on Community Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (CMRVs) organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Guianas. The workshop was held at the Arrow Point Resort where participants had easy access to the country’s pristine forest and saw participants from Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, the Congo, Indonesia, Brazil, Nepal, United States, Great Britain, Austria, and the Netherlands.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Coal To Be Hardest Hit By Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

REDD Monitor - 2 hours 17 min ago
By Mike Scott, Forbes, 26 August 2014 | [W]hile divestment campaigns such as 350.org’s are gaining momentum among high-profile but relatively small investors such as Storebrand, the Norwegian fund, and Stanford University, for bigger institutions selling out of fossil fuels is more problematic, says a new white paper from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the research group. The paper looks at what divestment on a trillion dollar scale would look like. Oil & gas and coal companies form one of the world’s largest asset classes, worth nearly $5 trillion at current stock market values, the paper says. “Fossil fuels are investor favourites for a reason,” it adds. “Few sectors offer the scale, liquidity, growth, and yield of these century-old businesses vital to today’s economy.” It is no surprise, therefore, that the world’s largest investors – the likes of Blackrock and JP Morgan – and governments ranging from Norway and Russia to India and Colombia are key shareholders in the sector.
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Why fossil fuel divestment won’t be easy

REDD Monitor - 2 hours 20 min ago
By Simon Evans, The Carbon Brief, 27 August 2014 | There's a growing global campaign to stop investments in the fossil fuel industry. The British Medical Association, the World Council of Churches and Stanford University are among those pledging to take their money out of oil, coal and gas firms. But if the idea catches on, it won't just cause headaches for oil moguls. Investment managers will be scratching their heads too. If they can't invest in fossil fuel firms, where should they put their money? Clean energy firms simply aren't big enough to soak up $5 trillion currently invested in oil and gas firms, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). But divesting from coal would be much more feasible, it finds.
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France underlines commitment to "legally binding" agreement at Paris climate summit

REDD Monitor - 2 hours 22 min ago
BusinessGreen, 1 September 2014 | The French government has stressed it wants to deliver a "legally binding" climate change agreement at the UN's Paris summit in late 2015, arguing that it represents the primary goal of the crucial meeting. Speaking at the Annual French Ambassadors Conference in Paris late last week, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is expected to have a central role at the UN climate summit, indicated that success or failure of the summit would be measured against its ability to deliver a legally binding agreement.
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China's carbon emission down by 5%: Premier Li

REDD Monitor - 2 hours 23 min ago
Xinhua, 27 August 2014 | China's carbon emission has declined by 5 percent this year, the largest progress in recent years, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday. "China's economy maintained medium-high growth in the first half of this year while its carbon emission has achieved the largest reduction this year, down by 5 percent year on year," Li said in his talks with Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, an island country in the Caribbean. Browne is on his first China visit since his government took office in June. Climate change has been a major topic of discussion for the two leaders during his visit to Beijing. Li stressed the Chinese government attaches great importance to climate change and has made arduous efforts in this regard. He said China's 1.3 billion people must understand the importance of energy and environment to realize modernization.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

EU carbon prices edge lower ahead of increased supply

REDD Monitor - 2 hours 24 min ago
Reuters, 25 August 2014 | European carbon prices edged lower in thin trade on Monday ahead of an increase in supply from government sales of carbon allowances. Front-year EU Allowance (EUA) futures closed at 6.34 euros, down 4 cents on Friday's settlement. Liquidity was poor with around 4 million allowances of all vintages changing hands across all platforms as many traders were absent from their desks due to a national holiday in Britain. "The biweekly UK auction on Wednesday as well as the prospect of auction volumes going back to pre-August level in September could slow down the upward trend we have seen recently," analysts at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon said in a weekly report on Monday.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Time to Recognize Community Forest Rights to Combat Climate Change

REDD Monitor - 2 hours 39 min ago
By Tony La Viña, The Jakarta Globe, 28 August 2014 | In December, climate negotiators will converge in Lima, Peru, for the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It will mark a milestone for the Durban Platform on Enhanced Action, the process established in 2011 that is supposed to end with a new climate change agreement at the 2015 COP in Paris. As the new agreement takes shape, it is clear that forest landscapes will be part of the negotiating agenda. An essential component of the agreement must be the recognition of a critical approach to climate change mitigation: the recognition of community forest rights. A new report by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), “Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change,” finds overwhelming evidence that strengthening community forest rights can reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions...
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Study gauges relative importance of forest incomes

REDD Monitor - 2 hours 41 min ago
By Mark Foss, CIFOR Forests News Blog, 26 August 2014 | Meat. Woodfuel. Spices. Forests provide all these and more, yet the role of these products on rural livelihoods is still coming into focus. A comparative study on the relative role of these non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in supporting livelihoods in three West African countries has reaffirmed the benefits of seeing forests in a wider context. The study examined the relative importance of forest-related income for some 1,000 rural households in Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana that have varying access to markets and forests. It also aimed to uncover regional patterns in a larger ecological, social and political context. In so doing, researchers highlighted the different roles that NTFPs play, or might play, in a landscape context.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

‘Landscape approach’ defies simple definition — and that’s good

REDD Monitor - 2 hours 42 min ago
By Terry Sutherland, CIFOR Forests News Blog, 27 August 2014 | The terms “landscapes,” “landscape approaches” and “integrated landscape management,” among similar “landscape-focused” terminology, underpin much of the discourse in contemporary research, donor and development circles related to conservation, agriculture and other land uses. The plethora of terms is both confusing and yet pervasive. As such, an agreed understanding on what such “landscape approaches” represent conceptually or actually look like on the ground remains elusive. In an attempt to provide a guiding framework to the landscape approach, the Center for International Forestry Research and partner institutions described 10 principles that characterize such an approach. These 10 principles emphasize adaptive management, stakeholder engagement and dialogue, and multiple objectives.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests
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