Peatlands are Quick and Cost-Effective Measure to reduce 10% of greenhouse emissions
December 11, 2007 09:48 AM - UNEP

Clearing, draining and setting fire to peatlands emits more than 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide every year - equivalent to 10% of global emissions from fossil fuels, according to Assessment on Peatlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change, the first comprehensive global assessment of the link between peatland degradation and climate change.

"Just like a global phase out of old, energy guzzling light bulbs or a switch to hybrid cars, protecting and restoring peatlands is perhaps another key "low hanging fruit" and among the most cost- effective options for climate change mitigation," said Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Treasure Island Plan: Most sustainable city on the planet
December 11, 2007 09:35 AM - Lexington Blood, Triple Pundit

Treasure Island, the man-made lump made up of 20 million cubic yards of sea floor soil sandwiched between 287,000 tons of rock and finally glazed over with 50,000 yards of loam.

The island was created for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition and then claimed as a Naval base until it was decommissioned 11 years ago. Since that time the city of San Francisco has been mulling over a re-facing and studying how to redevelop the bleak landscape on the horizon.


Following some-odd 300 meetings among officials, engineers, architects and the public, a plan has emerged and it is a bright green one. The task is to create a 13,500-person inhabited “urban oasis” consisting of the latest technology and natural systems that is expected to leave the slightest footprint on Earth!

Animals, plants need help adapting to climate change
December 11, 2007 09:16 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Humans must help animals and plants adapt to a warmer world, environmentalists said on Thursday, because it is too expensive to rebuild entire ecosystems and their loss makes people even more vulnerable.

Plan to save Anne Frank tree with steel frame
December 11, 2007 08:38 AM - Reuters

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Conservationists want to build a steel frame to support the tree that Jewish teenager Anne Frank took comfort from during her time in hiding, after a court reprieved the diseased chestnut last month.

Edwin Koot of the Tree Foundation told Reuters on Tuesday architects had designed an eight-meter high frame that would cost about 50,000 euros ($73,000). The organization will present its full plans to save the tree at a news conference next week.

World Bank launches forest carbon fund
December 11, 2007 07:24 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The World Bank on Tuesday launched plans for a $300 million fund to fend off global warming by preserving forests, but protesters said it risked turning homes of indigenous people into an asset for the rich.

The new financing mechanism, launched at U.N. talks on tackling climate change, aims to turn better forest management into a tradeable commodity to try to halt destruction so rapid it accounts for around a fifth of annual carbon emissions.

Cambodia plans hunting safaris for VIP tourists
December 11, 2007 05:35 AM - Reuters

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia is considering laying on hunting safaris for well-heeled foreign tourists in its remote jungle-clad northeast, to the consternation of green groups who say it could be a recipe for disaster.

Fourteen dead as ice storm sweeps U.S. Plains
December 10, 2007 02:39 PM - By Carey Gillam, Reuters

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A deadly ice storm sweeping through the U.S. Plains left more than 400,000 people without power as temperatures plunged and was blamed for at least 14 deaths, authorities said on Monday.

Nobel winners say science must transcend borders
December 10, 2007 12:05 PM - By Sarah Edmonds, Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Scientists must break through the boundaries between disciplines and nations to find solutions to some of the great unanswered questions, some of 2007's Nobel prize winners said on Friday.

Indonesia: Can’t See the Conference for the Trees
December 10, 2007 08:14 AM - Alana Herro , Worldwatch Institute

On November 28, the United Nations announced that it had reached its goal of planting 1 billion trees in 2007, just days before the landmark UN climate change conference began in Bali, Indonesia, on December 3. Indonesia, meanwhile, has planted some 79 million trees nationwide in just the last few weeks to offset emissions from the conference. With one of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world, the country has become a symbolic epicenter of a wide range of tree-related activities and discussions.

U.S rejects stiff 2020 greenhouse goals in Bali
December 10, 2007 02:40 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Washington rejected stiff 2020 targets for greenhouse gas cuts by rich nations at U.N. talks in Bali on Monday as part of a "roadmap" to work out a new global pact to fight climate change by 2009.

"It's prejudging what the outcome should be," chief negotiator Harlan Watson said of a draft suggesting that rich nations should aim to axe emissions of heat-trapping gases by between 25 and 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

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