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Still no Maori forest deal as emissions deadline looms

November 12, 2009

The Government still has no deal with Maori on Treaty settlement forests affected by the Emissions Trading Scheme, despite being only two working days out from introducing an amended ETS Bill, next Tuesday.

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Climate change proposal would revolutionize value of forests.

November 12, 2009

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The world's tropical forests are disappearing, and one reason is simple economics: People, companies and governments earn more by logging, mining or farming places such as the Amazon jungle than by conserving them.

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Guyana is a model of forest protection that could solve the climate crisis

November 12, 2009

The UN general assembly this week is going to change the world.

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Q&A: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (Redd)

November 12, 2009

What is Redd?

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Of Forest Management and Carbon Markets

November 12, 2009

Air regulators in California are poised to adopt a new framework for measuring and managing greenhouse gas offsets associated with forest projects. But some environmental groups are balking at a provision that they say leads to the unhealthy practice of clear-cutting — or the removal of all tress in a stand at once.

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World Finance and Environmental Leaders Outline Strategies to Combat Climate Change through Forest and Land Protection

November 12, 2009

NEW HAVEN, CT — September 23, 2009 —In a chapter calledProtecting Forests and Lands through Environmental Markets and Finance, The Nature Conservancy's President and CEOMark Tercek discusses the important role forests can play in fighting climate change.

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Group of distinguished ecologists ask Obama to help save rainforests mongabay.com

November 12, 2009

A group of distinguished ecologists have asked President Obama to push for the inclusion of tropical forests in climate policy. 

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Heads of State Pledge to Take Action on REDD

November 12, 2009

 23 September 2009: On the sidelines of the opening of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a high-level event on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Many Heads of State and government in attendance committed to take action on this issue.

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Harnessing agroforestry on the road to Copenhagen

November 12, 2009

Trees outside forests are an important, and often missing piece, of the carbon emissions reductions puzzle.Although it’s always been clear that trees store carbon and provide benefits to people, how to institutionalize the role of trees in the fight against climate change is now a top question for the global community. The future of an international climate change agreement will be shaped at the upcoming 15th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC, in Copenhagen this December.

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Spell Out Indonesia's Carbon-Cutting Plan, SBY Told

November 12, 2009

Environmental groups are calling on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to explain precisely how the government will reduce carbon emissions in the forestry sector after he announced targeted cuts of up to 26 percent by 2020. 

Yudhoyono announced his plan at the Group of 20 summit on Friday in the US city of Pittsburgh. He called for international support to help Indonesia reduce emissions by even more, as much as 41 percent from current levels. 

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UNU-IAS Launches Site on REDD and Indigenous Peoples

November 12, 2009

September 2009: The United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) Traditional Knowledge Initiative has recently re-launched the REDD Site, part of a pilot project on promoting the effective participation of indigenous peoples in processes for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).

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A Plan to Save Rainforests Gains International Momentum

November 12, 2009

 The scene was one for the history books. Kevin Conrad, representing the small tropical nation of Papua New Guinea, stood up at the 2007 climate negotiations in Bali, Indonesia. He gave the United States two options: Either lead or "get out of the way." The dramatic moment broke a deadlock at the time.

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New Round of Climate Talks Opens With Stern Warnings

November 12, 2009

BANGKOK, Thailand, September 28, 2009 (ENS) - United Nations climate change talks resumed today in Bangkok with dire warnings that failure to agree on a post-Kyoto treaty to limit greenhouse gas emissions is a matter of life and death.

In Bangkok, negotiators must advance a draft text for December's Copenhagen talks. Government delegates are wrestling with the two key issues, cutting emissions and paying the costs.

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New report: boreal forests contain more carbon than tropical forest per hectare

November 12, 2009

 A new report states that boreal forests store nearly twice as much carbon as tropical forests per hectare: a fact which researchers say should make the conservation of boreal forests as important as tropical in climate change negotiations. 

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Sustainable management of forests and REDD+: Negotiations need clear terminology

November 12, 2009

The Bali Action Plan’s wording on REDD+ is: “Policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating toreducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries; and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries”. 1 This list of activities covers measures that reduce the loss of forest carbon stocks (i.e. from deforestation andforest degradation), maintain stocks, and enhance stocks (e.g.

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Making a case for climate in 100 days

November 12, 2009

 In the midst of a political storm brewing over the arrest of suspended leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) launched a National Summit followed by a week of back-to-back meetings, which resulted in a "100 days" program for his Cabinet.

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Land-based offsets stay central to US climate bill

November 12, 2009

Recent proposals to the emerging US cap-and-trade draft legislation suggest that the Senate intends to keep domestic forestry and agriculture offsets as a major component of the climate bill.  Senator Debbie Stabenow led the release of a bill that would create a domestic offset program within the federal cap-and-trade legislation.  The bill provides some clarity on eligible project types and the use of temporary credits as a mechanism to balance land-us

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Congo Basin Heads of State and Conservation Groups Celebrate 10 Years of Success in Saving World's Second Largest Rainforest

November 12, 2009

Washington, D.C.

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Conservation Groups Say Forest Carbon Market Critical to Climate Change Solution

November 12, 2009

Conservation groups say creating a global market for trading carbon credits from uncut forests is critical to fighting climate change and should be part of a United Nations-backed agreement being whittled down in Bangkok. But, there are many challenges to expanding the carbon market.

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Science Report: Climate Change Speeding Toward Irreversible Tipping Points

November 12, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC, September 28, 2009 (ENS) - The speed and scope of global warming is now overtaking even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, finds a new report issued by the United Nations Environment Programme, entitled "Climate Change Science Compendium 2009."

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