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New ISU report highlights crucial role of tropical forests

Protecting and restoring tropical forests could provide up to a third of the solution to climate change, according to a report published today. Tropical Forests: A Review, published by The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU), is a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of science and policy in this area. It highlights the pivotal importance [...]

What Does Flat CO2 Pollution Mean?

A week ago, the International Energy Agency (IEA) dropped a bombshell: Global greenhouse gas emissions produced by burning fossil fuels for energy last year were the same as they were in 2013. That marked the first time in 40 years that energy-related emissions were flat while the economy grew. The announcement flew in the face [...]

Leading by Example on Climate Change: Our New Federal Sustainability Plan

Late last year, in an historic joint announcement with China, President Obama set an ambitious goal for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change – a clear sign that the United States’ commitment to leadership on climate change at home and abroad is stronger than ever. In the latest effort to continue that push, [...]

As Carbon Dioxide Grows, Tropical Trees Do Not

Scientists had assumed that trees would use increasing concentrations of CO2 to grow more but research shows that is not the case Trees are definitely our allies when it comes to taking in greenhouse gases and thus aiding in the fight against climate change. But new research suggests that forests might not be quite as [...]

Amyris Renewable Jet Fuel Receives Regulatory Approval in Brazil

Brazil Now Cleared for Flying With Locally-Produced, Sugarcane-Derived Jet Fuel as Study Indicates That Amyris’s Renewable Fuels Greatly Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Compared to Fossil Fuels Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS) welcomed the approval of its renewable jet fuel by Brazil’s fuels regulator, ANP, clearing the way for the commercialization in Brazil of the Amyris renewable jet [...]

Inside Beijing’s airpocalypse – a city made ‘almost uninhabitable’ by pollution

The 21 million inhabitants of China’s capital appear to be engaged in a city-wide rehearsal for life on an inhospitable planet.  Only it’s not a rehearsal: the poisonous atmosphere is already here The scene could be straight from a science-fiction film: a vision of everyday life, but with one jarring difference that makes you realise [...]

Avaliação de risco em obras tem de incluir clima, alerta a ONU

A costarriquenha Christiana Figueres, a mais alta autoridade das Nações Unidas nas negociações sobre mudança do clima, acredita que a China é o país que mais está fazendo esforços no combate ao aquecimento global em comparação com EUA e União Europeia. “Entre EUA e União Europeia, quem está fazendo mais sacrifícios e está contribuindo mais [...]

Banks not yet living up to UN human rights principles, finds BankTrack

New research finds inadequate reporting on human rights impacts, and failure to establish mechanisms to allow complaints. As the world’s largest gathering on business and human rights takes place in Geneva, new research from BankTrack has found that global banks are making slow progress in implementing human rights standards, and are failing to live up [...]

Indonesia cracks down on deforestation in symbolic u-turn

Indonesia’s new president announces plans to protect rainforest and peatlands, signalling a new direction for country with worst rate of deforestation in the world Indonesia’s reforming new president is to crack down on the rampant deforestation and peatland destruction that has made the nation the world’s third largest emitter of climate-warming carbon dioxide. Joko Widodo [...]

Big corporates leading the way on climate change with carbon pricing

New CDP report shows 150 major companies already use an internal price on carbon and many more are calling for clear pricing to help regulate emissions The progressive corporate sector plans to make a major push at next week’s climate change summit in New York for the introduction of a meaningful global price for carbon, [...]

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