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Copenhagen Opens with Call to Toss Need for Absolute Agreement

December 11, 2009

Papua New Guinea lead negotiator Kevin Conrad has shaken up climate-change talks again – this time by suggesting that negotiators agree to adopt a new protocol without 100% agreement....

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Copenhagen Opens with Call to Toss Need for Absolute Agreement

December 8, 2009

Papua New Guinea lead negotiator Kevin Conrad has shaken up climate-change talks again – this time by suggesting that negotiators agree to adopt a new protocol without 100% agreement....

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Keeping up on REDD in Copenhagen

December 7, 2009

The 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference has opened in Copenhagen, and few attendees expect it to yield a binding global agreement on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That doesn’t, however, mean “Hopenhagen” won’t prove to be a critical step in the development of a blueprint for reducing climate change by saving trees.

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CCB to Introduce New Forestry Standard

November 27, 2009

The group that oversees the Climate Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards has more than 100 projects in its pipeline, and more than half of these are designed to generate carbon credits by reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). In Copenhagen, they'll be introducing the new "REDD + Social and Environmental" Standards.

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Climate Change Copenhagen: Time to be Bold

November 26, 2009

The Global Compliance Research Project has launched a website for the Copenhagen Climate Change COP 15. On the site, are proposed strong targets and time frames, which, if implemented, could maintain the rise in temperature to less than 1°C and could lead to the pre-industrial 278 ppm....

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California Raises the Bar – and the Stakes – for Forestry Projects Across the US

November 6, 2009

California's Climate Action Reserve has unveiled a new forest carbon protocol with rigorous new requirements for project developers and landowners - including a hundred-year contract. It aims to draw projects from across the United States, but with a hundred-year commitment and other tough requirements, will forest owners bite?...

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A day in the life of a carbon credit for reduced deforestation

November 6, 2009

There is broad domestic and international support to include the policy approach called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in climate policy. Allowing creidt for deforestation reductions within climate legistation can significantly reduce the costs of a U.S. climate program. It is also a powerful way to get major...

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Can Peat Turn REDD in Copenhagen?

November 5, 2009

Destruction of peatland accounts for up to 50% of Indonesia's greenhouse gas emissions, and was a central theme at a recent REDD donor meeting. EM's Unna Chokkalingam reports....

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What Kind of Assets are Forestry Credits?

November 1, 2009

We're finally figuring out how to measure the amount of carbon captured in trees, but how do we account for forestry credits once we've purchased or generated them? Companies have to agree on an answer if forestry credits are to attract the kind of value that will foster meaningful change. That's not happening, however – and this new report examines...

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Old Issues Stagger REDD in End Game

November 1, 2009

Two weeks of climate talks seemed to yield real progress in Bangkok on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation – but negotiations bogged down in old rifts over social, environmental, and governance safeguards. Negotiators have just one week of formal talks to iron out their differences on these and other issues...

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Comparing climate and cost impacts of reference levels for reducing emissions from deforestation

October 16, 2009

The climate benefit and economic cost of an international mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) will depend on the design of reference levels for crediting emission reductions....

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Comparing climate and cost impacts of reference levels for REDD

October 16, 2009

The climate benefit and economic cost of an international mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) will depend on the design of reference levels for crediting emission reductions....

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Katoomba in Ghana: Streaming Content now Online

October 9, 2009

The fifteenth Katoomba Meeting has wrapped up, and are beginning to upload streaming content from sessions on how Western Africa can harvest the power of Payments for Ecosystem Services to ensure a green tomorrow....

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New US Senate Climate-Change Bill: What's in it for Trees?

October 6, 2009

The United States Senate now has a climate-change bill to go along with the one that came through the House of Representatives earlier this year. It's got a tighter cap than does the House bill and is especially friendly to trees. EM examines its provisions for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation....

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Seeing the Global Forest for the Trees: How US Federalism can Coexist with Global Governance of Forests

October 1, 2009

Both international forest and climate negotiations have failed to produce a legally binding treaty that addresses forest management activities—either comprehensively or more narrowly through carbon capture—due, in part, to lack of US leadership. Though US cooperation is crucial for facilitating both forest and climate negotiations, the role of...

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Protected Area Effectiveness in Reducing Tropical Deforestation: A Global Analysis of the Impact of Protection Status

October 1, 2009

The REDD agenda (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) seeks to mobilize positive incentives for countries to reduce deforestation, the source of 20 percent of anthropogenic greenhouse emissions. To be successful, this agenda requires not only financing and international agreement on procedures, but it also needs practical guidance on how...

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Will Rich Countries Come Clean on Land Use?

September 30, 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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Private Sector Not Off the REDD Table In Bangkok (CONTAINS UPDATE)

September 29, 2009

Negotiators at climate-change talks in Bangkok say that carbon offsets won't be used to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation on a wide scale until the middle of the next commitment period. But that doesn't mean private money won't be flowing into forest protection, as Maria Bendana explains.  ...

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US Starts Small in Developing Domestic Forestry

September 28, 2009

Carbon credits that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation were developed in part to save the tropical rainforests, but thousands of small forests outside the tropics can also add up to being major emitters if not properly managed. A new US bill targets these oft-forgotten gems – and could help kick global reduction...

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Soil Carbon in Africa: Potentials and Pitfalls

September 9, 2009

Imagine a world where African farmers raise their standard of living by shifting towards sustainable agriculture that mitigates climate change – while cashing in on this shift via ecosystem service payments. If you can't imagine it, drop in on the real deal: in the Kiambu District of Central Kenya, where a groundbreaking pilot project is testing new...

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