tropical greenhouse News

  • Drowned tropical forests add to climate change

    Big dams built in the tropics to produce hydroelectricity have long been highly controversial − and data gathered in Laos by a French team studying methane emissions confirms that dams can add to global warming, not reduce it. In many rocky regions low on vegetation and population, such as in Iceland and other northern mountainous regions, the production of electricity from hydropower ...


    By Climate News Network

  • International Agreement – Warsaw Framework for REDD+ – not enough to save the World’s Tropical Rainforests

    Joint Statement released on UN International Day of Forests: IETA/CMIA warns of private sector investment confidence waning. Recent international climate negotiations in Warsaw were hailed by many as a success for their progress in establishing a policy framework to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).   Indeed, the “Warsaw Framework for REDD+” ...

  • Photo Blog - Climate Smart Land Use: Paludiculture in the Tropics

    In the tropics, peat swamp forests are often logged and converted to oil palm and pulp wood plantations. This results in adverse effects on the natural resource base of local communities and impacts the biodiversity, water regulation and carbon storage functions of peatlands. As an alternative, paludiculture is a sustainable form of agriculture which enables the productive use of rewetted ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Greenhouse gases reach record levels

    The main greenhouse gases have reached their highest levels recorded since pre-industrial times, according to the World Meteorological Organization's 2009 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The report also highlights concerns that global warming may lead to even greater emissions of methane from Arctic areas. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA Petitioned to Limit Greenhouse Gases From Ships

    LOS ANGELES, California, October 5, 2007 (ENS) - Citing the 'threat of global climate disruption,' California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined three national environmental organizations in petitioning the United States Environmental Protection Agency to adopt strict greenhouse gas regulations for ocean-going vessels. The petition asks the EPA to make specific ...

  • Industrialized Countries` Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High

    The total greenhouse gas emissions of 40 industrialized nations rose to an all-time high in 2005, continuing the upward trend of the year before, according to data submitted to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The increases came from the continued economic growth in highly industrialized countries as well as the revived economic growth in former ...

  • FAO and ITTO highlight vast potential of payments for environmental services for conservation of tropical forests

    Payments for environmental services (PES), especially in tropical regions, should be recognised as an important tool for conservation and sustainable use of forests and other natural resources and better incorporated into national policies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) said. FAO and ITTO discussed the ...

  • Greenhouse Gases, Not El Nino, Fueled U.S. Heat in 2006

    BOULDER, Colorado, August 28, 2007 (ENS) - Greenhouse gases probably accounted for more than half of the widespread heatwave felt across the continental United States in 2006, according to a new study that will be published September 5 in 'Geophysical Research Letters,' a publication of the American Geophysical Union. Led by meteorologist Martin Hoerling at the National Oceanic ...

  • More ambition needed if greenhouse gases are to peak in time, says new UNEP report

    Pledges Post Copenhagen Unlikely to Keep Temperatures Below 2 Degrees Celsius by Mid Century. UNEP Year Book Also Launched Today Outlines Growing Governance Challenge from Climate to Chemicals Countries will have to be far more ambitious in cutting greenhouse gas emissions if the world is to effectively curb a rise in global temperature at 2 degrees C or less. This is the conclusion of a new ...

  • Forests finally emerging as climate issue

    The representatives of more than 100 countries attending December's U.N. climate conference in Bali, Indonesia, finally focused on the important role tropical forests play in global warming.  Forest clearcut in Indonesia Developed countries have pledged almost $300 million to help forest-rich developing countries prepare for their new roles and responsibilities in the post Kyoto international ...

  • Research sheds new light on methane emissions from the northern beef herd

    New CSIRO research indicates that the amount of methane emitted from cattle fed on tropical grasses in northern Australia is up to 30 per cent less than figures currently used to calculate the northern cattle industry’s contribution to Australia’s greenhouse gas accounts. Speaking at today’s Lansdown Field Day near Townsville, Queensland, CSIRO research leader Dr Ed ...

  • Rifts emerge over why Arabian cyclones are strengthening

    People living in countries around the Arabian Sea have been exposed to tropical cyclones that have been growing in strength since 1997, and hitting the area earlier than usual — but scientists are still debating what is driving these changes. A study published in Nature last month (20 September) ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • EC endorses Poznań declaration on reducing emissions from deforestation

    At the UN climate change conference in Poznań, Poland, European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas endorsed a joint ministerial declaration launched today by like-minded countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. The statement commits a number of developed and key tropical developing countries to take early action to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest ...

  • Break out the sun screen - permanently hotter summers forecast

    The tropics and much of the Northern Hemisphere are likely to experience an irreversible rise in summer temperatures within the next 20 to 60 years if atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations continue to increase, according to a new climate study by Stanford University scientists. The results will be published later this month in the journal ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • No Climate Benefit Gained by Planting Temperate Forests

    SAN FRANCISCO, California, (ENS) - Planting forests in temperate regions such as the United States and Europe may not yield any benefit for the global climate, and may instead contribute to warming, according to a new study set for presentation Saturday at the American Geophysical Society annual meeting in San Francisco. By contrast, trees planted in tropical rainforests ...

  • The high price of planting palm oil forests

    New data shows that massive amounts of carbon dioxide are being released from tropical Southeast Asian peatland after the conversion of natural swamp forest to oil palm or pulpwood tree plantations. The findings are in accordance with other recent reports on the growing negative environmental impacts of planting palm oil and pulpwood forests. Natural peatland accumulates huge stores of carbon ...

  • West African coastline to be submerged by 2099, say experts

    Swathes of West Africa’s coastline extending from the orange dunes in Mauritania to the dense tropical forests in Cameroon will be underwater by the end of the century as a direct consequence of climate change, environmental experts warn. 'The coastline [as it is now] will be completely changed by the end of this century because the sea level is rising along the coast at around two centimetres ...


    By IRIN

  • Vietnam eyes water-saving technology for its rice farms

    Agriculture experts say application of alternate wetting and drying (AWD) technology in Vietnam’s rice farms, one of South-East Asia’s largest rice-producing countries, holds great promise in cutting water use and greenhouse gas emissions from rice cultivation without sacrificing yield output. Vietnam along with Bangladesh and Colombia recently partnered with ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Deep thinking about the future of food

    Environmentalists increasingly worry about the ecological damage from agriculture while traditional agronomists are mainly worried about supply - and tend at times to recommend fixes that might worsen the environmental damage. A new paper looking at the future of the global food system claims that the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • WWF criticizes EC deforestation plans

    European Commission plans to halve rather than halt tropical deforestation by 2020 have been sharply criticized by WWF today. The European Commission's communication on reducing emissions from deforestation and a legislative proposal to tackle the problem of illegal logging are unlikely to meet their intended objectives of halting deforestation and eliminating the trade of illegal wood, according ...


    By WWF UK

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