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Colombia reports drop in deforestation

Mongabay Rainforest News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:11pm
Colombia has for the first time released an annual report on deforestation, revealing that forest loss during 2013 was lower than the recent average. The government says some 120,933 hectares of natural forest were cleared between January and December 2013.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

'No forests, no cash': palm oil giants commit to sustainability, but will they follow through?

Mongabay Rainforest News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:31pm
Four of Indonesia’s largest palm oil producers signed a landmark commitment in New York in September to further implement sustainable practices across one of the country’s largest commercial sectors. Then-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) witnessed the undertaking, which is hoped to expand the country’s palm oil industry while making it more environmentally friendly.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Coal, climate and orangutans – Indonesia’s quandary

Mongabay Rainforest News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:14pm
What do the climate and orangutans have in common? They are both threatened by coal - the first by burning it, and the second by mining it. At the recent United Nations Climate Summit in New York, world leaders and multinational corporations pledged a variety of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation to avert a looming disaster caused by global warming.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Top scientists raise concerns over commercial logging on Woodlark Island

Mongabay Rainforest News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:05pm
A number of the world's top conservation scientists have raised concerns about plans for commercial logging on Woodlark Island, a hugely biodiverse rainforest island off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The scientists, with the Alliance of Leading Environmental Scientists and Thinkers (ALERT), warn that commercial logging on the island could imperil the island's stunning local species and its indigenous people.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Saving Asia's other endangered cats (photos)

Mongabay Rainforest News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:47am
It's no secret that when it comes to the wild cats of Asia—and, really, cats in general—tigers get all the press. In fact, tigers—down to an estimated 3,200 individuals—arguably dominate conservation across Asia. But as magnificent, grand, and endangered as the tigers are, there are a number of other felines in the region that are much less studied—and may be just as imperiled.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Seven questions for Liz Truss' solar farm crackdown

Business Green - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:20am

Defra's plans to reduce CAP payments for farmers installing solar arrays raise more questions than answers


Categories: Climate Change News

How to Survive Any Extreme Weather Disaster

CSRwire - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:15am

New York Times bestselling author Thomas M. Kostigen’s NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXTREME WEATHER SURVIVAL GUIDE: Understand, Prepare, Survive, Recover (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1376-2, on sale Oct. 21, 2014; $30 hardcover), is the only book that you will want to have with you when the weather becomes so extreme that one wrong decision could be a matter of life or death.

With record-breaking temperatures, storm intensities, property destruction and even fatalities, the news is filled with catastrophic events: Hurricane Sandy brought epic destruction to New York and New Jersey in 2012; monster Typhoon Haiyan wrought havoc in the Philippines in 2013; and a dip in the polar vortex in 2014 made Chicago colder than the South Pole in summer. In many places, summers are hotter, winters are colder and new weather records are frequently set. One thing is clear: We need to be prepared to deal with Mother Nature in order to protect our loved ones, our property, our communities and our lives. THE EXTREME WEATHER SURVIVAL GUIDE explains how to survive in this new normal.

A hurricane is coming. Should you leave home or stay put? What could be lurking in water that has flooded your house? (Hint: They slither!) What should you do if you’re trapped in a house during a wildfire? Where is the safest place to seek shelter outside during a downpour or thunderstorm? If you need to evacuate your home, what should you bring with you and where should you go?  How do you power up when the power grid goes down? If you have no heat during a blizzard, how do you keep warm? Where is the safest place to be during a tornado?

Many people face these questions in the heat of the moment, but as Kostigen points out in his timely and important book, it’s best to know the answers long before an extreme weather event occurs. Each chapter — thunderstorms, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, wildfires, rising temperatures, heat waves, cold waves and blizzards — includes critical guidelines and information from organizations and agencies such as the Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that are the most experienced in handling these emergencies. Kostigen’s level-headed discussion of current weather extremes, facts and details on conditions and theories as to why these conditions are occurring arms us with the knowledge needed to recognize when bad weather is on the horizon. His “dos and don’ts” for being inside and outside and at-a-glance guidance help to ensure that you can beat the odds against a weather emergency and recover as soon as possible. Useful sidebars feature vital gear and gadgets to have on hand, provide safety tips for your pets (and explain why dogs and cats are afraid of thunder and lightning) and give the basics for stocking food and water supplies and your emergency safety kit. Survivors and experts share firsthand accounts and observations on how to survive horrific weather conditions, hoping their cautionary tales can help you in a flood or wildfire, hurricane or hailstorm, blizzard or heat wave.

Coupled with breathtaking photography of some of nature’s wildest weather from the National Geographic archives and explanatory weather diagrams, THE EXTREME WEATHER SURVIVAL GUIDE gives you the knowledge and tools you’ll need when the weather turns against you.

Publishing a week earlier, on Oct. 14, 2014, is a National Geographic Kids’ book by Kostigen, “Extreme Weather: Surviving Tornadoes, Sandstorms, Hailstorms, Blizzards, Hurricanes, and More!” (ISBN: 978-4263-1811-5).

 

About the Author
Thomas M. Kostigen
is the founder of The Climate Survivalist.com and a columnist for USA Today. He is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller “The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time” as well as five other books, including “You Are Here,” “The Green Blue Book” and “The Big Handout.” He appears regularly in the media, and has been a guest on the Today Show, CNN’s Erin Burnett, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CNBC, National Public Radio, Entertainment Tonight, Fox News, among many other programs. Follow him on Twitter @weathersurvival or via The Climate Survivalist on Facebook.

[UK] Leicester project The Carbon Tree aims to help businesses become greener

REDD Monitor - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 8:15am
By Isobel Frodsham, Leicester Mercury, 20 October 2014 | Last December, East Midlands Airport became the first UK airport to announce that its entire ground services were carbon neutral. One way of achieving this is by a process known as “offsetting” carbon emissions by funding trees to be planted in forest locations. The Carbon Tree, based in Leicester, provides such a service. Founded by Tom Riley and Dennis Marshall-Hasdell in January, the Carbon Tree offers the opportunity for businesses to purchase woodland carbon capture units in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Scotland.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Blue chips call for ambitious EU climate package, as concerns mount over lack of CCS support

Business Green - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:40am

Corporate giants demand emissions reduction target of at least 40 per cent, as leaked letter reveals UK concerns over lack of focus on carbon capture and storage


Categories: Climate Change News

Ex-Environment Agency head to lead industry-funded fracking task force

Business Green - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:13am

Lord Chris Smith appointed to lead two year study into 'good and bad' impacts of shale gas exploration


Categories: Climate Change News

Denmark's plan to offset transport emissions sparks EU row

Business Green - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:44am

Green champion’s push to funnel car emissions into the emissions trading system seen as attempt to bend rules


Categories: Climate Change News

Liz Truss accused of trying to woo UKIP voters with 'minute' solar subsidy cuts

Business Green - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:19am

Solar and farming industries slam Environment Secretary for 'misguided' attack on solar farm developments


Categories: Climate Change News

'Build bridges for Lima climate talks'

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:14am
Source: The Guardian - The UN’s climate chief urged country negotiators on Monday to “build bridges” at talks in Bonn towards a new, global pact that received fresh endorsement from world leaders last month.
Categories: Climate Change News

Bonn climate talks: Key steps to support the world’s most vulnerable

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:14am
Source: RTCC - What are the key issues with which negotiators will be grappling during this round of UN talks in Bonn?
Categories: Climate Change News

EU climate talks enter end game with everything still to play for

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Business Green - Diplomatic and lobbying activity across the EU stepped up a notch today, as governments and industry groups sought to set out their stall ahead of this week's crucial European Council meeting on the bloc's 2030 energy and climate change package.
Categories: Climate Change News

EU summit to debate multi-billion carbon quota 'transfer' system

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:14am
Source: EurActiv - EXCLUSIVE: European leaders meeting later this week for an EU summit on energy and climate change will discuss proposals allowing energy-rich nations like France and Germany to transfer 10% of CO2 emissions quotas to member states such as Poland, who are struggling to diversify their energy mix.
Categories: Climate Change News

UPDATE 2-Britain targets 2017 for start of European carbon market reforms

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Reuters - Britain wants reforms to Europe's Emissions Trading System (ETS) to start from 2017, four years earlier than proposed, hoping to tackle the scheme's massive oversupply and boost investment in clean technologies.
Categories: Climate Change News

Denmark's plan to offset transport emissions sparks EU row

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:14am
Source: The Guardian - A Danish bid to expand carbon offsetting to the transport sector has triggered uproar among NGOs and academics, with one new analysis saying it would devastate efforts to reign in fuel emissions.
Categories: Climate Change News

Europe emission targets 'will fail to protect climate'

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:14am
Source: BBC News - Prof Jim Skea, a vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says the EU’s plan to cut CO2 emissions 40% by 2030 is too weak. He says it will commit future governments to “extraordinary and unprecedented” emissions cuts.
Categories: Climate Change News

Brazil must target smallholders to curb rising deforestation

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:14am
Source: The Guardian - Farmers with smallholdings are not responsible for most of the destruction of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, but their contribution to deforestation is rising and must be addressed if the country is to hold on to recent gains, according to an environmental research group.
Categories: Climate Change News
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