Keys to Understanding Possible Impacts On Forest Biodiversity And People

There appears to be too much information about the world’s dwindling forests that is not properly considered. A new study released by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) contends that biodiversity is found to be a critical determinant of a forest’s ability to absorb greenhouse gases. The assessment also stresses that accounting for those who live in or near forests when implementing REDD+ (reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and enhancing forest carbon stocks in developing countries) increases the likelihood of achieving carbon and biodiversity goals.

The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between biodiversity, forest management and climate change mitigation in the framework of the United Nations-backed initiative REDD+. Importantly, the report reviews the social implications of forest and land management interventions envisaged under REDD+ and points to the need for an integrated landscape management approach that involves all people who have a stake in forests.

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The Climate Group Calls for an ‘American Clean Revolution’ to Avert Catastrophic Effects of Climate Change and Kick-Start US Economy

““Extreme” weather is becoming the new norm”, said Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group. “The time for an American Clean Revolution is now. This is the only way to tackle the devastating effects of climate change, future-proof American infrastructure, and enhance America’s national and energy security. If America doesn’t act now others will”

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Sustainable Cities Must Look Beyond City Limits

City leaders aspiring to transform their cities into models of sustainability must look beyond city limits and include in their calculation the global flow of goods and materials into their realm, argue researchers in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences journal Ambio.

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Experts Call for Wildlife Conservation Network

“To date, state programs have been inconsistently and incompletely integrated into regional and national networks,” they write. “In this era of reduced financing and increased threats, better, more consistent coordination of state-based efforts is increasingly necessary to maximize the effectiveness of limited conservation funds.”

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IKEA Plugs-In Georgia’s Largest Private Solar Rooftop Array on Savannah Distribution Center

“Installing solar panels atop this facility demonstrates that the company’s sustainable commitment extends beyond our stores into all facets of the retail operations,” said William Jackson, Savannah Distribution Center Manager. “This solar array will reduce significantly the carbon footprint and electricity costs of this facility. We appreciate the continued support of the Chatham County, Georgia Power, and Gehrlicher Solar, our partners in this project.”

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Cooling Coal Emissions Has Massive Potential For Clean Air

Perhaps the largest concern on the part of the public is the potential cost of cooling coal emissions. But proponents of this technology say costs would be offset by a decline in health problems associated with coal production. Scientists estimate that poor air quality derived from burning coal costs the health care system somewhere between $330 billion and $500 billion every year. And that’s only taking the financial cost into account.

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Are Deep Sea Methane Hydrates Melting?

If record-setting temperatures, drought, and food shortages aren’t enough in troubling news, we hope this German research effort to find if methane hydrate deep in the ocean is melting due to rising water temperatures – potentially emitting massive quantities of methane into the atmosphere – returns with negative findings and reports that deep sea ice formations have remained stable. This press release came in today:

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Mapping the Future of Climate Change in Africa

Using detailed regional climate models and geographic information systems, researchers with the Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program developed an online mapping tool that analyzes how climate and other forces interact to threaten the security of African communities.

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