AFP, 15 September 2014 | Brazil is building a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on the region's sensitive ecosystem, a newspaper reported Sunday. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) is a project of Brazil's National Institute of Amazonian Research and Germany's Max Planck Institute, O Estado de Sao Paulo said. The tower, which will rise 325 meters (over 1,000 feet) from the ground, will be equipped with high-tech instruments and an observatory to monitor relationships between the jungle and the atmosphere. It will gather data on heat, water, carbon gas, winds, cloud formation, carbon absorption and weather patterns.
By Wendy Koch, USA Today, 15 September 2014 | At least 150 major companies worldwide - including ExxonMobil, Google, Microsoft and 26 others in the United States - are already making business plans that assume they will be taxed on their carbon pollution, a report today says. The U.S. has yet to impose a price on heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, but other nations are starting to do so as a way to address global warming so U.S.-based companies are factoring an eventual one into their plans, says the international non-profit CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project. The report is the group's first one to look at corporate carbon pricing on a global scale. "We're seeing companies taking steps they're not required to, and they're doing this to be competitive in a carbon-constrained world," says Zoe Antitch, spokeswoman of CDP North America, noting many do business in multiple countries. "They're looking ahead. ... They're climate ready."
By John Weeks, The Conversation, 15 September 2014 | The US trade and investment initiatives have come under considerable attack for handing too much power over public services to private corporations, for reducing employment rights and for harming national sovereignty. Whatever the validity of these objections, there is a more fundamental problem. The purpose of the TPP and the TTIP is to increase the volume of trade among countries, and that is inherently bad for humankind because of its environmental effects. I recently attended a meeting in London with environmental activists, including a well-known British climate scientist. As a result of that meeting I realise that my past critiques of “free trade” have been far too timid and narrow. The essential problem is not that these treaties foster US and EU corporate interests, though that is undesirable for the rest of us; the problem is international trade itself.
CIFOR Forests News Blog, 15 September 2014 | Success in the Brazilian Amazon is evidence that it is possible to reduce deforestation and turn around the climate crisis, says Daniel Nepstad, Executive Director of the Earth Innovation Institute. “We really need to simplify and unify forces if we’re going to navigate this climate change, food scarcity, forest conservation crisis that’s emerging. And there’s big evidence that it works — as Brazil shows us,” Nepstad, a world-renowned forest ecologist who has been studying land use in the Amazon for 30 years, said in an interview with Forests News. “I think it’s possible to have more food, more forests, fewer emissions and better livelihoods. It can be done.” Nepstad is one of six panelists sharing ‘big ideas’ at the Colloquium on Forests and Climate: New Thinking for Transformational Change in New York on 24 September.
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Source: ABC News - Activists say they hope for "a world safe from the ravages of climate change," as they plan a New York City march to draw attention to changing global weather patterns two days before a United Nation summit meets to discuss the issue.
Source: The Guardian - The climate-change movement is making little headway against corporate vested interests, says the author of Shock Doctrine. But how does she think her new book, Capitalism vs The Climate, will help galvanise people?
Source: AFP - Brazil is building a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on the region's sensitive ecosystem, a newspaper reported Sunday.
By Sébastien de Royer, Agroforestry World Blog, 10 September 2014 | Available land for agriculture is scarce on the island of Java in Indonesia and more than 50% of its forests are controlled by the state-owned forest company, known as Perhutani. In 2001, Perhutani developed a joint forest management system with communities living adjacent to forests, called Pengelolaan Hutan Bersama Masyarakat (PHBM/Community-based Forest Management), to improve communities’ economic and social conditions. However, at one place in West Java it seems that that not everyone is enjoying the benefits of PHBM: only the wealthiest are profiting.
Source: Reuters - An increasing number of big corporations expect governments worldwide to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions to help tackle climate change and some are already factoring in the cost to guide future investment decisions, a report found on Monday.
Source: The Herald Scotland - PHILANTHROPISTS and foundations should use endowment funds worth billions of pounds to fight climate change, leading environmentalists have urged. One hundred and sixty award-winning environmentalists from 44 countries issued a declaration urging philanthropic foundations to use their financial clout to back moves to tackle global warming, helping efforts to secure a new international climate treaty.
Source: Manila Bulletin - Climate change doesnt just mean changes in weatherit means a change in animal and insect behavior, as well. And those changes can be lethal to food production.
Source: International Business Times UK - A Centre for Science and Environment analysis suggests the recent flood is possibly a climate-change induced fallout aided by large-scale environmental degradation and unplanned development on the river banks of Jhelum.
Source: The Times of India - Climate change is much talked about but not fully comprehended by the lay person. To broaden awareness on climate change issues across India, Ennovate Global, a specialist in climate change research and communication, and Good Relations India, a strategic communications consultancy, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, hosted a two-day Clima Film Fest 2014.
Source: USA Today - At least 150 major companies worldwide - including ExxonMobil, Google, Microsoft and 26 others in the United States - are already making business plans that assume they will be taxed on their carbon pollution, a CDP report says.
Source: the Conversation - The combination of climate deterioration and the ravages of international trade and finance will fulfil the prophecy of Hobbes, rendering life on Earth poor, nasty, brutish and short. Less trade not more, to render life on Earth prosperous, fraternal, peaceful and long.
CDP report shows many companies are already incorporating a carbon price into their businesses strategies
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