October 2009

UN panel issues statement on biofuels

October 17, 2009

Image via Wikipedia A report published by the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, says some first generation biofuels such as ethanol from sugar cane can have positive impacts in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. The report Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources: Assessing Biofuels is based on a […]

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Prompt action key to reduce climate change risks

October 15, 2009

If we act now, carbon-reduction policies can substantially lower the risk of future climate change, says a new analysis of climate risk published by researchers at MIT and other institutions. The analysis shows that quick, global emissions reductions would be required in order to provide a good chance of avoiding a temperature increase of more […]

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Vanishing forests, vanishing tribes

October 14, 2009

Our last post was about the need to protect the world’s forests as a natural and cost-effective way to capture carbon dioxide, to protect biodiversity and the remaining indigenous people who dwell in them. As if to reinforce the point, Earthfirst published a harrowing piece of news about a Brazilian Indian tribe called Akuntsu, who […]

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Saving forests to curb climate change

October 12, 2009

It sounds like a no-brainer, but given the world’s insistence on ignoring this simple truth, it’s always worth repeating it: halting deforestation is one of the most effective and cheap ways to reduce the impact climate change. According to FAO, “forests and the wood they produce trap and store carbon dioxide, playing a major role […]

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UN wants more investment in renewable energy

October 9, 2009

Image via Wikipedia UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (pictured with George Bush) called on businesses and governments to invest in renewable energy to help economies move away from carbon-generating energy schemes. He emphasized the need for “a global public investment programme for renewable energy with appropriate technology transfer.” The message was delivered during the 2009 Global […]

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