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Report: Sunday shows give climate change more air time

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:14am
Source: The Hill - Sunday shows have given climate change issues more air time in the first half of 2014 than in the last four years combined, according to a new analysis.
Categories: Climate Change News

Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars, says expert

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:14am
Source: Guardian - Study shows red meat dwarfs others for environmental impact, using 28 times more land and 11 times water for pork or chicken
Categories: Climate Change News

Climate Change Already Having Profound Impacts on Lakes in Europe

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:14am
Source: Natonal Geographic - For perspective on how climate change is affecting lakes, those of us here in the U.S. can just look across the pond, where scientists and the agencies involved in meeting the European Union’s Water Framework Directive have amassed an impressive body of research on the topic.
Categories: Climate Change News

Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:14am
Source: NY Times - So much soot belched from the old power plant here that Mike Zeleny would personally warn the neighbors.
Categories: Climate Change News

Climate change is far from the only cause of a rapid rise in disasters

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:14am
Source: Guardian - The world's population has nearly doubled in four decades, putting more people and property in harm's way
Categories: Climate Change News

BBC broadcasts its carbon-cutting success

Business Green - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:05pm

Corporation reveals it has cut energy consumption by 20 per cent thanks to switch to greener studios, but carbon impact of travel keeps climbing


Categories: Climate Change News

UK's most polluting power plants revealed

Business Green - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:05pm

New report by NGOs accuse UK and Germany of undermining efforts to tackle climate change by continuing to rely heavily on carbon intensive coal


Categories: Climate Change News

Blue chips call for standardised green energy label

Business Green - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:05pm

New Aldersgate Group report argues clearer electricity label could help to mobilise green energy investment


Categories: Climate Change News

Can businesses lead the crackdown on London's air pollution problem?

Business Green - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:05pm

New scheme launches in Victoria after Mayor branded claims Oxford Street has world's worst NO2 levels as 'b*ll*cks'


Categories: Climate Change News

The green bonds market may be soaring but there is a long way to go

Business Green - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:05pm

Bridget Boulle of the Climate Bonds Initiative reveals how green bonds will prove critical to global efforts to decarbonise


Categories: Climate Change News

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

Mongabay Rainforest News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:01pm
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.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

UK Vision for Phase IV of the EU ETS

REDD Monitor - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:04pm
Department of Energy & Climate Change, 16 July 2014 | A blueprint which sets out the basis for the UK’s continued support for the EU ETS and outlines the priority areas for future reform: tackling the surplus of allowances; protecting sectors at risk of competitive disadvantage; and improving efficiency while cutting unnecessary red tape.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

If Paterson's 'green blob' exists it is a lot bigger than he thinks

Business Green - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:30am

Owen Paterson's attack on the environmental movement ignores both climate risks and the mainstream success of the green economy


Categories: Climate Change News

CBI calls for green aerospace strategy to open door for airport expansion

Business Green - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:28am

Wide-ranging new report argues the UK needs more airport capacity, but it must come hand-in-hand with green innovation


Categories: Climate Change News

[Indonesia] Slowing Down Deforestation Will Not Happen Overnight

REDD Monitor - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:01am
By Agus Purnomo and Yani Saloh letter to the editor, The Jakarta Globe, 16 July 2014 | A recent study on primary forest cover loss in Indonesia in the years 2000-12 that was published in the journal Nature Climate Change proposed some startling figures which led to the unsubstantiated and unhelpful Jakarta Globe editorial of July 2, which claimed that “a new study has proven that [President Susilo Bambang] Yudhoyono’s statements [on deforestation] add up to nothing but lip service and empty promises.” Let us state clearly and up front that we welcome this study and thank the authors for their attempt to contribute to a better understanding of deforestation issues in Indonesia. We are proud that the lead author, Belinda Margono, is a home-grown talent from the Ministry of Forestry. Some of the figures proposed are indeed startling. If they are true, they certainly give cause for concern. However, not only are the finding counterintuitive, the conclusion is an outlier...
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

World's worst illegal logging in Indonesia

REDD Monitor - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:56am
By Michael Bachelard, The Age, 29 June 2014 | Indonesia is destroying its tropical rainforests faster than Brazil, and the rate is soaring despite a five-year moratorium on new clearing. Exhaustive new figures show Indonesia is probably the single largest deforester in the world, and that most destruction is happening in lowland and peat forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan, the only habitat in the world where tigers, orangutan, elephants and rhinoceroses live together. The University of Maryland study, derived from satellite data and published in Nature, gives the lie to official Indonesian figures that claim the rate of deforestation has slowed under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s national forest moratorium, imposed in 2009.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Challenges in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation

REDD Monitor - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:55am
By Bryan Adkins, La Luta Continua, 14 July 2014 | As I work for a company that is working hard to promote REDD+ projects worldwide, as well as the active development of REDD+ jurisdictional programmes, and national policies, it may seem slightly strange that I am saying that REDD+ has some challenges. However, practically speaking, I think we have a real opportunity with REDD+ to create transformational impact on the ground. If we are going to do that, we need to address some key aspects of how REDD+ is implemented, that are currently creating challenges. With a combination of innovative approaches, dialogue, pragmatism and cooperation, I believe that these challenges can be overcome.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

[USA] The fallacy of forest 'offsets'

REDD Monitor - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:43am
By Amy Moas, Capitol Weekly, 17 July 2014 | If protecting trees in Mexico so that companies can pollute more here sounds dubious, that’s because it is. In reality, it’s impossible to guarantee that the forests used as offsets would remain standing over thousands of years. Tropical forests face the same threat as those in California, which has lost large tracts of forest to fires and other causes. Yet CARB has identified projects in Chiapas Mexico, and Acre in the Amazon as potential first suppliers of credits. Fires, droughts and illegal activities are not the only problems that make forests unsuitable as part of carbon offset schemes. Tropical forests are home to millions of people. In recent years offset projects have repeatedly led to serious human rights violations and threatened the livelihoods of local communities and indigenous people living there.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Incrementalism vs. transformation: How to change in the face of climate change?

REDD Monitor - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:37am
By Thomas Hubert, CIFOR Forests News Blog, 17 July 2014 | With climate change proceeding faster than previously expected, there is a growing realization that adapting to it will be as important as mitigating it. But how policymakers build resilience to climate change raises thorny questions. At what point do we stop pursuing incremental changes in favor of disruptive, transformative change? Do transformations occur only when it is too late? And what even constitutes a “transformation”? A recent conference saw climate and development experts grapple with these questions, drawing on real-world examples that reflected a diversity of approaches to some of humanity’s most pressing challenges. “In some situations, incremental adaptation may not be sufficient,” said Claudia Comberti of the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests
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