Archive for May, 2010

VIDEO: The other debt crisis: Climate debt

Friday, May 28th, 2010

On this edition of Fault Lines, Avi Lewis travels to Bolivia to explore the country’s climate crusade from the inside.
It is the story of an emerging movement, based in the global south, raising questions about who owes what to whom in confronting the climate crisis.
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Will the UN’s forest protection dream turn into a nightmare?

Friday, May 28th, 2010

High hopes are pinned on an international plan to protect forests. But doubts remain over whether the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation project, known as Redd, will actually reduce deforestation and carbon emissions


• John Vidal explains Redd

Polluted by profit: Johann Hari on the real Climategate

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Why did America’s leading environmental groups jet to Copenhagen to lobby for policies that will lead to the faster death of the rainforests – and runaway global warming? Why are their staff dismissing the only real solutions to climate change as “unworkable” and “unrealistic”? Why are they clambering into corporate “partnerships” with BP, which is responsible for the worst oil spill in living memory?
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Local community, the forgotten host: Governors’ Climate and Forests (GCF) meeting in Aceh

Friday, May 28th, 2010

This week (from 17-22 April), the Governors’ Climate and Forests (GCF) Taskforce takes place in Aceh province, Indonesia. Three working groups in the meeting will discuss standards and criteria; project based carbon accounting; and funding. But local groups feel they have been excluded from the discussions and from the REDD-type project at Ulu Masen in Aceh province.
Yesterday, the Acehnese Civil Society Forum for the Sovereignty of Mukim released a press release signed by 51 groups:

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‘Tainted’ Credits Cut UN Carbon Price: Energy Markets

Friday, May 28th, 2010

The UN faces a devaluation of the tradable credits it gives investors that pay for projects to reduce hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, because the European Union may favor alternatives such as windfarms to combat global warming. UN offsets for 2012 traded at 3.87 euros ($4.77) a metric ton less than comparable EU permits, almost twice the spread at the end of last year.

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Bolivia Climate Conference: Indigenous Peoples Design Roadmap to New World

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Indigenous Peoples from around the world, including Maori from New Zealand and Gwich’in from the far north in Alaska, came to the World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth to share their wisdom and set new ground rules to ensure the protection of Mother Earth and the survival of the planet.

During the opening ceremony with Bolivian President Evo Morales, Faith Gemmill, executive director of Red OIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands) in Alaska described the genocidal policies aimed at Indigenous Peoples and what must happened now to rescue Mother Earth.

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VIDEO: BELO MONTE (side event Cochabamba, Bolivia)

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Side event about the hydroelectric dam BELO MONTE (Brazil, Amazon, Xingu River ) took place April 2010, at the World’s Peoples Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights, in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
The goal of the event was to build international solidarity to stop the dams in the amazon, and to raise awareness. The Belo Monte Dam would be one of 258 new dams, that Brazil is planning to build in the Brazilian amazon. Belo Monte would be the 3rd largest dam of the world ! Videos by Rebecca Sommer.

VIDEO: part 1
part 2
part 3

greenoxx ngo sells first tons of redd project

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Greenoxx NGO is a Member of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), being able to act as Offset Aggregator. As Offset Aggregator, Greenoxx NGO is responsible for the elaboration and registration of projects eligible for the CCX, as well as of submitting them for approval before the CCX Forestry Committee. It is also responsible for the presentation of annual reports and submission of the corresponding information to CCX officially approved verifiers. As Official Trader or Offset Aggregator, Greenoxx NGO is officially authorized to execute sales on the CCX Trading Platform on behalf of project owners.
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FPP submission to Oslo Partnership Agreement (draft)

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Forest Peoples Programme Comments to the Draft REDD+ Interim Partnership Document, 12 May 2010: INTRODUCTION –  Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) has revised the draft text of the Interim REDD partnership and would like to share comments and recommendations for text change.

First and foremost we would like to stress that the 2-week deadline for comments has proven to be too short given the relevance of the issue and to enable a full and effective engagement of indigenous peoples partners, especially those living in the field.

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Deforestation failure sounds climate alarm

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Australia’s failure to accurately measure and predict emissions from deforestation, and the difficulty it has had in reducing deforestation, should send a warning signal to the world, according to a study from The Australian National University.
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