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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

  • Pricing carbon insufficient to save tropical forests from deforestation

    Putting a price on carbon emissions from deforestation is unlikely to prevent tropical forests being cleared for palm oil production, according to a recent study. Additional measures should be included in climate policies to protect forests from increasing global demands, such as biofuels. Including carbon emissions from deforestation in climate negotiations is seen as a way to reduce emissions ...

  • Increased concerns over fluvial carbon losses from deforested tropical peatlands

    Over 20% more carbon could be being released by tropical peatlands than previously estimated, a new study suggests. The research highlights the large quantities of carbon lost to rivers from deforested and degraded peatlands in Indonesia, in addition to carbon released as CO2 gas. Peatlands are an important carbon store and the peat swamp forests of south-east Asia have experienced excessive ...

  • Business and Environmental Leaders agree to fight deforestation

    A number of groups representing business and environmental groups have released a joint declaration addressing Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). The Climate Markets and Investors Association (CMIA), Code REDD, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Global Canopy Programme (GCP), and International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) jointly have stated the need for a ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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 ...

  • Carbon markets won`t save the rainforest - we must tackle the route causes of deforestation

    Responding to the launch of the Environmental Audit Committee's report on how to stop emissions from deforestation, Mike Childs, Head of Campaigns at Friends of the Earth, said: 'Money is important - but money alone won't save the rainforests, which are crucial to the health of our planet. 'The Environmental Audit Committee is right to rule out the use of carbon markets and carbon offsetting to ...


    By Friends of the Earth

  • AUS$3m to help reduce deforestation in Papua New Guinea

    The Rudd Government will provide $3 million for joint activities with Papua New Guinea to help reduce greenhouse emissions from deforestation under the Papua New Guinea-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership. At the Australia-Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum in Madang, Minister for Climate Change and Water, Penny Wong, and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, said Australia would assist ...


    By Australian Government

  • IIMA Consultora collaborates on the first REDD avoided deforestation project in Northern Argentina

    IIMA Consultora is developing this avoided deforestation project to address the causes of degradation of an important forestry extension of nearly 50,000 ha, in the Chaco region in the province of Salta, northeast Argentina. This, the first REDD project developed in Argentina, poses an alternative to forest clearing based on the generation of carbon credits through the conservation of the ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 2 New tools can cut deforestation and support sustainable palm oil in Indonesia

    Can the world have its palm oil and forests, too This is an issue that my colleague and I discussed a while back. I am pleased to say that we recently moved a step toward ensuring that the answer is “yes.” At the 10th Annual Meeting of the ...

  • Paying to save tropical forests could be a way to reduce global carbon emissions

    Wealthy nations willing to collectively spend about US$1 billion annually could prevent the emission of roughly half a billion metric tons of carbon dioxide per year for the next 25 years, new research suggests. It would take about that much money to put an end to a tenth of the tropical deforestation in the world, one of the top contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, researchers estimate. If ...


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

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