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  • Deforestation`s double blow: carbon emissions and biodiversity loss

    Deforestation increases CO2 emissions, as forests are subjected to 'slash and burn' clearing to make way for agricultural land. In China, for example, vast areas of rainforest are being cleared to make way for rubber plantations. Using satellite images, researchers have assessed that the average loss of natural forest between 1976 and 2003 is 13,722 hectares per year. In total, this caused a loss ...

  • Carbon offset firm to help reverse deforestation in Rwanda

    A Canadian carbon offset development company plans to invest US$17m on reforestation projects in Rwanda over the next 20 years, one of its senior officials said. Ecosystem Restoration Associates (ERA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Rwanda’s Multisector Investment Group Ltd, which finances small-to-medium sized companies and will act as the local implementer of the offset ...


    By IRIN Association

  • EC endorses Poznań declaration on reducing emissions from deforestation

    At the UN climate change conference in Poznań, Poland, European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas endorsed a joint ministerial declaration launched today by like-minded countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. The statement commits a number of developed and key tropical developing countries to take early action to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest ...

  • Carbon sinks losing the battle with rising emissions

    “Forests, grasslands and oceans are absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere faster than ever but they are not keeping pace with rapidly rising emissions,” says CSIRO scientist and co-Chair of the Global Carbon Project, Dr Mike Raupach. “While these natural CO2 sinks are a huge buffer against climate change, which would occur about twice as fast without them, they cannot be taken for ...

  • Governments in Warsaw make breakthrough in agreements to cut greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation

    Governments at the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw on Friday agreed a set of decisions on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and the degradation of forests. The agreement on the so-called REDD+ initiative is backed by pledges of 280 million dollars in financing from the US, Norway and the UK. President of the conference Marcin Korolec said: "I am proud of this ...

  • Forests can soak up a third of carbon emissions

    Looking after the world’s tropical forests would be worthwhile in its own right, for the sake of their human and animal inhabitants and their wider effects on the natural world. But researchers say it would also have a significant bonus. Properly cared for, the forests could cancel out between a quarter and a third of the planet’s carbon emissions. They argue that it is not just ...


    By Climate News Network

  • African river study fills gap in carbon emissions tally

    African rivers emit a vast amount of greenhouse gases, a major paper on this understudied topic reveals. As rivers carry organic matter from the land to the oceans, bacteria turn it into greenhouse gases. While previous analyses had quantified emissions of these gases from rivers in Brazil, Europe and North America, the study in the journal Nature ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Use a “Carbon Law” to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050

    To bridge the gap between science-based targets focused on cutting greenhouse gases, and national commitments to such efforts, international experts propose in the highly renowned journal ‘Science’ a decadal roadmap strategy for achieving net-zero emissions by mid-century. They base this on a simple “carbon law” of halving anthropogenic carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions each ...

  • Investors Secure Groundbreaking Corporate Commitments to Protect Forests, Reduce Carbon Emissions

    In response to nearly 150 climate-related resolutions filed by institutional investors during the 2014 proxy season, 20 major international corporations have committed to set goals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or sustainably source palm oil –a leading driver of global deforestation, which causes nearly 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions according to the Environmental ...


    By Ceres

  • UN and Norway UNite to combat climate change from deforestation

    Tropical forested countries are stepping up the fight to combat climate change via a pioneering new initiative called the UN-REDD Programme announced today. The Programme, to be carried out by three United Nations agencies, was unveiled by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg whose government is financing this initial phase in the amount of US$35 ...

  • Food, the carbon story

    What do milk, bread and orange juice have in common? One answer is that they have all had their carbon footprints assessed and the products have been labelled by the Carbon Trust. Over the last five years, the Carbon Trust has certified the carbon footprints of a wide range of food products, and worked with a variety of companies to help them understand the carbon content of their food. As a ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa Offsets 2015 Carbon Emissions from Employee Trips

    Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spais pleased to announce that they have signed an agreement with ALLCOT, an international company that offers various services related to climate protection develops projects to offset carbon emissions produced by employee trips in 2015 thus ...


    By ALLCOT

  • High emissions, low ambitions

    The new Climate Change Performance Index published at Doha's climate talk show another record breaking increase in global CO2 emissions In a time of heavily increasing greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel investments, the light at the end of the tunnel cannot yet be seen. The eighth annual Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), which was published at the Doha climate talks yesterday ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • The ENDS guide to carbon offsets

    Leading environmental publisher ENDS (Environmental Data Services) has made an important contribution to the carbon offsetting debate by announcing publication of The ENDS Guide to Carbon Offsets. This one-of-a-kind guide provides much-needed help for confused offset purchasers by establishing a clear threshold for acceptable carbon offset quality and advising purchasers to steer clear of ...

  • Greenhouse gas emissions gap widening

    Action on climate change needs to be scaled-up and accelerated without delay if the world is to have a running chance of keeping a global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius this century. The Emissions Gap Report, coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Climate Foundation, and released days before the convening of the Climate Change Conference of the ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Forest and donor countries stump up to reduce emissions

    Forest and donor countries have kicked off an important joint process which could speed up action to reduce the 20 per cent of global carbon emissions linked to deforestation and forest degradation. Despite no formal agreement to achieve Reduced Emissions from forest Degradation and Deforestation (REDD) being reached at the United Nations conference on climate change last December, key nations ...


    By WWF International

  • World carbon markets at a turning point

    The world's carbon markets are at a turning point according to the latest Thomson Reuters Point Carbon annual survey of carbon trading. While the volume of carbon credits traded globally will grow by an estimated 14 percent this year, reaching roughly 12 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalents, concerns remain about depressed market prices in certain markets and uncertainties abound over the ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Using nature`s resources to store carbon

    The ability of the Earth's living systems to store carbon could play a vital role in the mitigation of climate change. A new report suggests that, in coming decades, safeguarding and restoring carbon in ecosystems has the potential to prevent well over 50 gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon entering the atmosphere. Last year the EU launched its Climate Action and Renewable Energy package to set a target ...

  • Forest carbon offsetting report 2010

    EcoSecurities, Conservation International, Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), ClimateBiz and the Norton Rose Group have collaborated to find out what more than 157 global, multinational and regional organisations think about forestry and forest carbon offsetting projects. Some of the key findings of the survey include: Positive attitudes towards forest ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Forests absorb one third our fossil fuel emissions

    The world's established forests remove 2.4 billion tonnes of carbon per year from the atmosphere – equivalent to one third of current annual fossil fuel emissions – according to new research published today in the journal Science. This is the first time volumes of the greenhouse gas absorbed from the atmosphere by tropical, temperate and boreal forests have been so clearly ...

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