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The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) program should finance protection of corridors linking existing protected areas in order to better safeguard biodiversity while simultaneously helping mitigate climate
2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforest
s. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest-related news stories for the year.
As a review, this post will not ...
The latest climate
talks in Warsaw may have achieved little in the way of action on climate
change, but they were even worse for biodiversity. In fact, since early climate
talks in the 1990s, biodiversity has vanished from international and ...
One of the world’s major terrestrial carbon
pools is rapidly deteriorating as large parts of Indonesia’s peatland
s are deforested and converted to oil palm and paper plantations. No longer a carbon
sink, Indonesia’s peatland
s are now a globally ...
The European Parliament has voted to limit the use of fuels made from food crops because of fears that biofuels can push up grain prices or damage the climate
, further undermining the once booming industry.
Lawmakers voting in Strasbourg ...
The plantations spreading over Sumatra aren't spreading onto empty land; poor rural villages often get swept up in big decisions made in Jakarta for Indonesia's forests. Mitra Taj reports from Teluk Kabung, where the arrival of the pulpwood ...
What is palm oil? Why are rainforest
s being burned down for palm oil? How can you help stop rainforest
s from being burned down for palm oil?These are good questions--and we have answers.Here`s everything you need to know about the ...
During the smoky season, or “musim kabut” as it is called in Indonesia, skeletons of leaves fall from the sky and disintegrate like melting snowflakes in children’s hands.
Historically, Indonesia’s smoky season has peaked at the end of ...
Palm oil touches our lives every time we take a trip to the supermarket. Palm oil and its derivatives are used in a ubiquitous array of packaged foods, including ice cream, cookies, crackers, chocolate products, cereals, breakfast bars, cake ...
When you go to the grocery store and you buy a bag of chips, a chocolate bar, crackers, ice-cream, doughnuts, frozen snacks or other candy, you may see a label on the products saying ‘RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil’ or ‘Green Palm ...
It always amazes me how the actions – or rather inaction – of high-level meetings in far-off cities can so seriously impact forests in my own country.
Today, an organisation with the declared aim of ensuring environmentally responsible ...
Covering a global industry like automotive is air travel dependent.
I won't go into the awful details, but my annual carbon
footprint is alarming. British Airways estimates in-flight carbon
dioxide emission of a 10th of a kilogram per ...
The finding, which threatens the entire rationale of the onshore wind farm industry, will be made by Scottish government-funded researchers who devised the standard method used by developers to calculate "carbon payback time' for wind farms on ...
A couple decades ago just prior to my postgraduate studies at The University of Melbourne I had the privilege of visiting an Indonesian rainforest
. I encourage everyone to spend one night in a tropical rainforest
; its rich array and cacophony of ...
Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), a forestry giant that has been widely criticized for its role in driving deforestation and contributing to social conflict in Indonesia, today announced a zero deforestation policy that could have a dramatic impact on ...
Norway sent a delegation to Indonesia in the past week to discuss sustainability issues such as reducing the destruction of the Southeast Asian nation’s forests and curbing greenhouse gases.
As Indonesia tries to improve its living ...
The European Commission has approved palm oil-based biodiesel for the renewable fuels standard provided it is certified under the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a body that sets social and environmental criteria for palm oil ...
s are the biggest defense against global warming, absorbing 50 percent more carbon
than other kinds of forests. Yet they are disappearing at a rate of about 11 million hectares a year.
Yeon-Su Kim, a Northern Arizona ...
The palm oil industry has hired lobbying powerhouse Holland & Knight to help overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that palm oil-based biodiesel fails to meet greenhouse gas emissions targets under the country's Renewable Fuels ...
Senior European Union officials failed on Wednesday to agree on how to measure the full climate
impact of bio fuels, prolonging uncertainty in a debate that threatens to wipe out large parts of Europe's biodiesel industry.
The talks ...
A coalition of local and international conservation groups warned last month that orangutans in the Tripa forest on Sumatra island could disappear by the end this year unless action was taken to stop land clearing using fire by plantation ...
Indonesia's moratorium on new forest concessions alone "does not significantly contribute" to its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent from a projected 2020 baseline, concludes a new analysis by the World Resources Institute ...
Rising temperatures are drying out northern forests and peatland
s, producing bigger and more intense fires. And this will only get much worse as the planet heats up from the use of ever larger amounts of fossil fuels, scientists warned last week ...
A new study on greenhouse gas emissions from oil palm plantations has calculated a more than 50% increase in levels of CO2 emissions than previously thought – and warned that the demand for 'green' biofuels could be costing the ...
Wild fires that swept across Russia during the record heat wave last summer wrecked crops, triggered a global surge in wheat prices, caused pitch-black smogs that killed thousands of people and -- though not much noted at the time -- poured huge ...