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  • 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. ...


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  • New NASA Map Reveals Patterns of Tropical Forest Carbon Storage

    A NASA-led research team has used a variety of NASA satellite data to create the most precise map ever produced depicting the amount and location of carbon stored in Earth's tropical forests. The data are expected to provide a baseline for ongoing carbon monitoring and research and serve as a useful resource ...

  • 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 ...

  • Annual Investment of US $30 Billion in Tropical Forest Conservation Can Support Green and Sustainable Economic Growth

    An investment of US $30 billion per year - under seven per cent of the US $480 billion paid in annual global fossil fuel subsidies - in the REDD+ forest conservation initiative can accelerate the global transition to green and sustainable growth and ensure the long-term wellbeing of tens of millions in developing countries, a new report released today said. Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ Can ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Getting to the bottom of Africa`s carbon figures

    In the Republic of the Congo, and most of Central Africa, the carbon cycle has until now remained an under-researched topic. It is not at all clear how much CO2 or other greenhouse gases the area releases into the atmosphere, or how much is absorbed. With the EU research project CarboAfrica, European and African teams have come together to deepen their understanding of the current state of the ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Researchers say permafrost carbon release will be gradual

    Frozen Arctic and sub-Arctic soil that thaws from global warming will add substantial amounts of carbon to the atmosphere in the form of greenhouse gases, accelerating climate change the rest of the century, but it won't come in a sudden burst, researchers say in a new paper. A review by government and academic experts concludes that harmful carbon dioxide and methane generated by microbes ...


    By Associated Press

  • Crop biofuels `create carbon debt` new study shows

    Two studies have shown that changes in land use to produce crop-based biofuels can actually result in more greenhouse-gas emissions than burning fossil fuels. The studies, both published in Science on the 8 February, estimate the impact of converting forests and grasslands into cropland for the production of biofuels. Both conclude that the resulting carbon emissions, released through ...

  • The UK joins partnership to tackle deforestation

    Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker today pledged UK support to the Tropical Forests Alliance 2020, a partnership set up by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and the US Government to tackle deforestation. Minister Barker made the announcement during a meeting with Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, in Washington today. The ...

  • 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

  • AUS$3m to help reduce deforestation in Papua New Guinea

    The Rudd Government will provide $3 million for joint activities with Papua New Guinea to help reduce greenhouse emissions from deforestation under the Papua New Guinea-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership. At the Australia-Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum in Madang, Minister for Climate Change and Water, Penny Wong, and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, said Australia would assist ...


    By Australian Government

  • Forest carbon work on-the-ground in Indonesia

    The choice of Bali as the location for the 2007 U.N. climate conference, currently underway, is significant because Indonesia is home to the world’s third largest remaining intact tropical forest (following only Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo). This makes it crucial in the fight against global warming. At this year's conference, there has been much focus on offsetting carbon ...

  • World conservation centre to improve deforestation monitoring

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and California State University, Chico have announced the appointment of Dr. Jeff Price as Senior Fellow for Climate Change and Biodiversity at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK. Paul Zingg, President of CSU Chico, said today 'I am delighted with this new relationship with UNEP-WCMC because it will allow Jeff Price to ...

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