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Ecologists underestimating impacts of old-growth logging

Mongabay Rainforest News - 11 hours 39 min ago
Ecologists may be underestimating the impact of logging in old-growth tropical forests by failing to account for subtleties in how different animal groups respond to the intensity of timber extraction, argues a paper published today in the journal Current Biology. The study, led by Zuzana Burivalova of ETH Zurich, is based on a meta-analysis of 48 studies that evaluated the impact of selective logging on mammals, birds, amphibians, and invertebrates in tropical forests.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

The Philippines: where 'megadiversity' meets mega deforestation

Mongabay Rainforest News - 13 hours 9 min ago
Ongoing loss of forest cover in the Philippines places it among the top ten most threatened forest hotspots in the world, with the archipelago ranking fourth, behind Indo-Burma, New Caledonia and Sundaland (a region encompassing Australia and parts of Southeast Asia). According to a report issued by Conservation International, only five percent of Philippine forests remain intact.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Lib Dems suggest putting forests in trusts to avoid privatisation

Business Green - 17 hours 32 min ago

Party is committed to planting 3.5m trees if they stay in power in attempt to woo back voters from the Greens and Labour


Categories: Climate Change News

Boris opens up rift with Westminster over air quality crisis

Business Green - 17 hours 39 min ago

ClientEarth's Alan Andrews welcomes the London Mayor's air quality manifesto but warns it does not go far enough


Categories: Climate Change News

UK green electricity output soars 30 per cent in 2013

Business Green - 18 hours 4 min ago

Official figures show renewables accounted for almost 15 per cent of total electricity generation after 4.2GW rise in capacity


Categories: Climate Change News

UK green electricity output soars 30 per cent in 2013

Business Green - 18 hours 4 min ago

Official figures show renewables accounted for almost 15 per cent of total electricity generation after 4.2GW rise in capacity


Categories: Climate Change News

RWE launches legal challenge to Pickles wind farm block

Business Green - 18 hours 30 min ago

Developer confirms High Court challenge as Communities Secretary rejects second RWE wind farm recommended by planning officials


Categories: Climate Change News

Centrica and Dong Energy ditch Irish Sea offshore wind farm plans

Business Green - 18 hours 48 min ago

British Gas owner confirms £40m writedown from Celtic Array project, following warnings last week that UK should slow development of offshore wind farms


Categories: Climate Change News

Climate policy: Reforming emissions trading

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:14pm
Source: Nature Climate Change - Courageous steps are required to reform the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme. To this end, an independent carbon authority has been proposed — this is a move in the right direction, but should be part of a much broader discussion about reforming emissions trading.
Categories: Climate Change News

Indian media: Deforestation behind deadly Pune landslide

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:14pm
Source: BBC - Environmentalists feel that deforestation may have triggered Wednesday's landslide in western India that killed at least 23 people and left more than 150 trapped, papers report.
Categories: Climate Change News

Un nobel del cambio climático visitó Quito

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:14pm
Source: El Universo - El ingeniero químico mexicano Mario Molina Pasquel, premio nobel de química en 1995, por sus aportes para determinar la destrucción de la capa de ozono, dio ayer una conferencia en el marco del II Congreso Internacional de Innovación y Desarrollo, en Quito.
Categories: Climate Change News

El secretario General de la ONU pasea en bicicleta en Costa Rica

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:14pm
Source: AFP - Ban Ki-moon, secretario General de las Naciones Unidas, en visita en Costa Rica, destacó la necesidad de que América Latina respalde las negociaciones para alcanzar en 2015 un acuerdo vinculante para reducir las emisiones causantes del cambio climático.
Categories: Climate Change News

Indo-US group to work very closely on climate change: Prakash Javadekar

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:14pm
Source: Economic Times - Terming the Indo-US Joint Working Group as an "important platform" for addressing environment and sustainable development concerns, Environment minister Prakash Javadekar today said the group needs to work "very closely" and develop common understanding and balanced package for post 2020 period.
Categories: Climate Change News

Food giant General Mills to tackle emissions in supply chain

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:14pm
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Global food giant General Mills has promised to set targets for its own greenhouse gas emissions and do more to reduce them through its supply chain, while sustainably sourcing its 10 priority ingredients - half its total purchases - by 2020.
Categories: Climate Change News

German Water Supply Threatened as Climate Change Boosts Droughts

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:14pm
Source: Bloomberg - German water supplies will become increasingly threatened this century as climate change raises the risk of droughts and water shortages in the country.
Categories: Climate Change News

Climate Change: US East Coast Hit Hardest By 'Nuisance Flooding' Amid Sea Level Rise From Climate Change, NOAA Scientists Say

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:14pm
Source: International Business Times - The U.S. East Coast is bearing the brunt of the rise in “nuisance flooding” – minor events that shut down roads and clog storm drains but aren’t particularly dangerous. Such floods have increased by more than fivefold in the past 50 years as coastal sea levels rise because of climate change, federal scientists say.
Categories: Climate Change News
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