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[UK] Concerns over carbon emissions from burning wood

REDD Monitor - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 5:20am
By Roger Harrabin, BBC News, 24 July 2014 | Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report. UK taxpayers subsidise energy firms to burn wood to meet EU renewables targets. But the report from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) shows sometimes much bigger carbon savings would be achieved by leaving the wood in the forests. This suggests power firms may be winning subsidies for inadvertently making climate change even worse. The report has caused controversy within DECC as it indicates the initial subsidy rules were much too simplistic. The government has now promised to strengthen the regulations on burning wood, and to make standards mandatory. Environmentalists applauded the move but said they wanted to see details and a timetable for the new rules. They insisted that the proposed new regulations must be based on the new document.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Africa builds 'Great Green Wall' of trees to improve farmlands

REDD Monitor - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 5:18am
By Becky Crew, Science Alert, 24 July 2014 | Stretching over a space of 9,400,00 square kilometres and covering most of North Africa, the Sahara is the largest non-polar desert in the world. And it’s getting bigger. According to the US’s Public Education Center website, the effects of climate change are causing the Sahara to creep into bordering countries such as Senegal, Mauritania, and Nigeria, which poses a serious threat to their farmlands and agricultural productivity. The Guardian reports that by 2025, two-thirds of Africa's arable land could be lost to the desert if nothing is done to stem its expansion. To mitigate this and other environmental issues affecting Africa such as land degradation, the effects of climate change, and a loss of biodiversity, Senegal is leading a 20-nation initiative known as the Great Green Wall. Most notably, this initiative involves erecting a wall of trees across the southern edge of the Sahara desert, which will be 14 km wide and 7,600 km long.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Fracking push gets go-ahead across UK as ministers tighten safeguards

Business Green - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 4:15am

Drilling will be allowed in national parks in 'exceptional circumstances' but ministers retain power to veto plans


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Ban bee-harming pesticides, MPs say

Business Green - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:07pm

Environmental Audit Committee also questions role of industry in funding research into impact of pesticides


Categories: Climate Change News

Report: Japan to crank up green car grants

Business Green - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:05pm

Government poised to offer incentives worth nearly $30,000 to early adopters of new hydrogen car


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Warwick to host UK's £1bn low carbon vehicle research centre

Business Green - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:05pm

Advanced Propulsion Centre hub will be located at University reknowned for engineering excellence with regional 'spokes' to follow


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Volvo and ABB in drive to roll out electric bus recharging network

Business Green - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:05pm

New partnership will deploy city-wide recharging system across Luxembourg next year


Categories: Climate Change News

Could carbon constraints spell the end for 'King Coal'?

Business Green - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:05pm

Standards & Poor's report suggests environmental regulations, cleaner alternatives, and falling prices are cranking up the risks faced by coal investors


Categories: Climate Change News

Has waste hijacked the circular economy?

Business Green - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:05pm

Susanne Baker of the EEF bemoans our willingness to equate the entire circular economy with simple efforts to boost recycling rates


Categories: Climate Change News

Leaked World Bank lending policies 'environmentally disastrous'

REDD Monitor - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:43am
By John Vidal, The Guardian, 25 July 2014 | Radical plans by the World Bank to relax the conditions on which it lends up to $50bn (£29bn) a year to developing countries have been condemned as potentially disastrous for the environment and likely to weaken protection of indigenous peoples and the poor. A leaked draft of the bank's proposed new "safeguard policies", seen by the Guardian, suggests that existing environmental and social protection will be gutted to allow logging and mining in even the most ecologically sensitive areas, and that indigenous peoples will not have to be consulted before major projects like palm oil plantations or large dams palm go ahead on land which they traditionally occupy. Under the proposed new "light touch" rules, the result of a two year consultation within the bank, borrowers will be allowed to opt out of signing up to employment safeguards, existing protection for biodiversity will be shredded, countries will be allowed to assess themselves...
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Southwest's innovative upcycling experiment

Business Green - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:03am

What can you do with 14 shipping containers of used leather? The airline is teaming with social entrepreneurs to find out


Categories: Climate Change News

Green policy takes two steps forward, one step back

Business Green - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 8:31am

The green economy is making great progress and new carbon targets promise a further boost, but constant policy setbacks are not helping


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DuPont and GM's lessons for closing in on zero waste

Business Green - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:43am

How dedicated are you to going landfill-free? One company did it in less than three years with few people, no capital and an unglamorous laundry list


Categories: Climate Change News

Tesla revs up UK presence with Heathrow service centre

Business Green - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:04am

Electric car manufacturer aims to build six more centres across the country to support sales of its Model S sedan


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Government closes Green Deal Home Improvement Fund following surge in demand

Business Green - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 4:37am

Overwhelming demand for incentives from £120m fund forces government to bring an immediate end to popular scheme


Categories: Climate Change News

Forest Conversion in Lao PDR: Implications and Impacts of Expanding Land Investments

REDD Monitor - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 4:20am
Forest Trends, July 2014 | This policy brief examines the institutional and legal framework surrounding forest conversion in Lao PDR, giving special consideration to the social, environmental, and legal implications of expanding land investments to meet Lao PDR’s economic development goals summarized in the National Export Strategy (2011-2015).
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Bradford schools set to go solar

Business Green - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 4:07am

Council to issue up to 40 loans and technical support to help curb carbon emissions and energy bills


Categories: Climate Change News

Kiva Funds Renewable Energy Projects, Solar Lights and Clean Cookstoves

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Cleantechnica - Kiva is a world leader in microlending and has helped many people pull themselves out of poverty by lending them money to start small businesses. What may not be known as much is that Kiva also supports renewable energy projects.
Categories: Climate Change News

Cameroon: Women Train On Climate Change Techniques

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Cameroon Tribune - Rural women in Cameroon are facing the adverse effects of climatic changes which continuously affect household's food security, health, and the general well being of women and Families.
Categories: Climate Change News

PERU: RD asiste taller sobre inversión pública

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:14am
Source: almomento.net - El Consejo Nacional para el Cambio Climático y el Mecanismo de Desarrollo Limpio (CNCCMDL) y el Ministerio de Economía, Planificación y Desarrollo (MEPyD) participaron en un taller internacional que se realizó en Lima, Perú, sobre cómo incorporar la adaptación al cambio climático en la inversión pública.
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