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Will Rich Countries Come Clean on Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry?

November 12, 2009

 Poor countries say rich countries have been cooking the books on greenhouse gas emissions from land-use under the Kyoto Protocol by picking and choosing which emissions they account for and which they ignore. Rich nations even concede the point – but say they can't do it any other way. On Thursday, the rich countries are supposed to make their case in Bangkok.

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Biggest California forest owner enters carbon trade

November 12, 2009

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The largest private forest owner in California, Sierra Pacific Industries, is entering carbon markets with a deal to preserve redwoods and other trees and sell credits for soaking up greenhouse gases to power companies and investors, the company said on Wednesday.

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UNGA Hears Statements Prioritizing the Role of Forests in Combating Climate Change

November 12, 2009

29 September 2009: During the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) high-level debate, Samuel Abal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration of Papua New Guinea, commented on the important role forests play in combating climate change, and urged the Assembly to ensure that resources are made available to the UN initiative on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (the UN-REDD programme).

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Development Agencies Call for Indigenous People to Play Role in Forest Management

November 12, 2009

 A new report calls on industrialized countries to ensure financial support to efforts to conserve and manage forests. The report says indigenous people in Asia should play a key role in forestry, to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

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Kerry-Boxer Climate Proposal Leaves Question Mark for Forestry Groups

November 12, 2009

Conservation and forestry groups that have been hoping to plant roots in the Senate climate bill are divided over whether the proposal introduced this week will advance opportunities for tree farmers and forest managers to profit from carbon sequestration.

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Biggest California forest owner enters carbon trade

November 12, 2009

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The largest private forest owner in California, Sierra Pacific Industries, is entering carbon markets with a deal to preserve redwoods and other trees and sell credits for soaking up greenhouse gases to power companies and investors, the company said on Wednesday.

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Will REDD protect forests, or allow business as usual to continue?

November 12, 2009

 REDD is one of the key issues under discussion at the UN Climate negotiations in Bangkok. NGOs have put out a series of new reports hoping to influence the way the discussions go.

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Sierra Pacific Industries Announces Largest U.S. Forest Carbon Transaction to Date

November 12, 2009

 Los Angeles, CA – California’s largest private landowner – Sierra Pacific Industries announced today that they have entered into the nation’s single

largest pre‐compliance forest carbon transaction to date. The transaction will consist of a series of projects focused on developing compliance‐ready carbon

offsets registered under the recently approved Climate Action Reserve (CAR) forestry protocol Version 3.0. These offsets would be used to comply with

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LOS ANGELES -- Three U.S. governors and eight regional leaders from Brazil and Indonesia have drafted a memorandum they intend to make official today that calls on the presidents of their nations to w

November 12, 2009

Viet Nam, one of nine UN-REDD Programme pilot countries, officially launched its UN-REDD national programme in Ha Noi on 17 September 2009. The Programme will help Viet Nam combat climate change, conserve its rich biodiversity, and reverse land degradation and desertification. As activities unfold, lessons learned in Viet Nam will be most valuable to other pilot countries and the wider international community.

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Leaders From Indonesia, Brazil Join 3 U.S. States in Deforestation Accord

November 12, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- Three U.S. governors and eight regional leaders from Brazil and Indonesia have drafted a memorandum they intend to make official today that calls on the presidents of their nations to write generous forestry provisions into an international climate change pact in Copenhagen in December.

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UN's forest protection scheme at risk from organised crime, experts warn

November 12, 2009

 A revolutionary UN scheme to cut carbon emissions by 

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Prepare for a Copenhagen compromise

November 12, 2009

 As the clock ticks down to a global summit on climate change in Copenhagen, the prospects of a comprehensive global deal have all but disappeared. A spokesperson for President Obama announced late last week that the United States is unlikely to pass climate change legislation in time for the conference, leaving it with little to bring to the table.

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Saving forests one of the most efficient climate remedies: WWF Sweden

November 12, 2009
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Uganda Trees First in Africa to Count as CO2 Emissions Reductions

November 12, 2009

Pines and a mix of native African trees will soon cover what is now grassland within Uganda's Rwoho Central Forest Reserve, an upper watershed of Lake Victoria.

 The growing trees will absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, CO2, from the atmosphere, and with these plantings, Uganda becomes the first country in Africa to undertake a reforestation project that will count towards emissions reductions under the Kyoto Protocol.

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Private U.S. landowners may qualify for carbon payments under proposed legislation

November 11, 2009

Have you ever found yourself wondering what your backyard is worth in carbon? It may seem like a silly question – especially when deforestation in rainforest nations with millions of acres of tropical forest are spewing more CO2 into the atmosphere than any single industry – but small-scale deforestation in the developed world adds up. Now, eight US Senators, who have sponsored a bipartisan bill in the United States to supplement the American Clean Energy and Security Act, aim to prove that small-scale forest projects are nothing to sneeze at.  

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Major bipartisan Commission calls for U.S. leadership to protect ‘climate forests’

November 11, 2009

October 7, 2009 Washington, DC — Washington, D.C. – With momentum building in the United States for cost-effective action on climate change, the bipartisan, multi-sector Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests released its report today calling on the United States to lead a global effort to halve emissions from tropical forest destruction within a decade. The report identifies tropical deforestation as a threat to vital national interests and recommends that U.S.

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World Bank on key forest $$ mission

November 11, 2009

A World Bank team is here to engage stakeholders and determine whether Guyana is sufficiently ready to initiate an active phase of preparation that would enable it to receive financial incentives from the international community to reduce deforestation.

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E.U. pushes for logging in forest conservation program mongabay.com

November 11, 2009

Without safeguards to protect natural forests from conversion to plantations and industrial logging, REDD may fail to deliver promised reductions in emissions, warns a coalition of activist groups. 

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Climate talks: The story so far

November 11, 2009

Amid the complete breakdown of the Bangkok talks, Lumumba D'Aping, deputy chairperson, G-77 said, "We will not walk out of the talks. We represent 80 per cent of the population of the world, and our citizens are suffering from climate change."

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Blue Source, Goldman in $12 million carbon deal

November 11, 2009

 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The president of carbon offset developer Blue Source said his company and Goldman Sachs Group have completed a transaction of carbon credits worth $12 million that he called the largest publicly announced U.S. offset deal.

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