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2012-03-26 18:36:32

Scientists from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have investigated how much carbon the natural forests of Sri Lanka contain. The results are important for work to reduce deforestation of tropical countries, and for international negotiations in climate policy relating to a new climate agreement. Global deforestation can be reduced by measuring the amount of carbon contained in natural forests. The measurements may make it possible for tropical countries to receive compensation from...

2012-02-14 13:57:35

By combining airborne laser technology, satellite mapping, and ground-based plot surveys, a team of researchers has produced the first large-scale, high-resolution estimates of carbon stocks in remote and fragile Madagascar. The group has shown that it is possible to map carbon stocks in rugged geographic regions and that this type of carbon monitoring can be successfully employed to support conservation and climate-change mitigation under the United Nations initiative on Reduced Emissions...

2012-02-01 12:09:00

MEXICO CITY, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released today by Marca Pais - Imagen de Mexico: Mexico and the United States of America recently signed a Technical Collaboration Agreement on Sustainability and Climate Change. Through this Agreement, both nations will implement the Binational Cooperation Program of Climate Change Towards 2016 which represents an investment of nearly US$70 million to be utilized in the next five years. The Program will...

2012-01-30 08:27:03

New wall-to-wall carbon storage map can help developing nations track deforestation and report on emissions A study published in Nature Climate Change today finds that tropical vegetation contains 21 percent more carbon than previous studies had suggested. Using a combination of remote sensing and field data, scientists from Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC), Boston University, and the University of Maryland were able to produce the first "wall-to-wall" map (with a spatial resolution...

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2012-01-27 13:52:03

In yet another triumph of modern technology, scientists say they´ve been able to use an advanced system of lasers to study the biodiversity and structure of Amazonian rainforests in unprecedented detail. Over three miles above the Peruvian rainforest, a team of scientists crammed themselves into a small research aircraft along with a laser-emitting device known as a Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging). The Lidar was used to bounce laser beams off the lush green canopy below at a rate...

2012-01-19 17:57:14

Modest advances for agriculture in Durban signal need for scientific input While last month's climate negotiations in Durban made incremental progress toward helping farmers adapt to climate change and reduce agriculture's climate footprint, a group of international agriculture experts, writing in the January 20 issue of Science magazine, urges scientists to lay the groundwork for more decisive action on global food security in environmental negotiations in 2012. "Agriculture worldwide...

2011-12-07 02:30:00

New report spotlights anti-growth impacts of REDD+ programs DURBAN, South Africa, Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report - Restricting Growth: The Impact of Industrialized Country Climate Strategies on the World's Poor - will be launched by World Growth at a press conference today at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban. (Logo: <font size="2" face="Arial">http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111128/DC13195LOGO</font> ) The report reveals how...

2011-11-29 08:15:00

SAN FRANCISCO and DURBAN, South Africa, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Wildlife Works announced today the launch of CODE REDD, an emergency action campaign to save the world's wild forests using private sector financing within the Voluntary Carbon Market. As corporations recognize their responsibility to do all they can to reduce their carbon footprint by lowering emissions and offsetting the rest, the CODE REDD campaign aims to make it easy and compelling for corporations to pledge to buy...

2011-10-04 12:18:18

A new report by researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and Canada's McGill University identifies gaps in forest monitoring and ways to improve data collection. This will produce reliable estimates of greenhouse gas emission reductions from activities aimed at reducing deforestation. Under a United Nations proposal to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, called REDD+, developing countries would be compensated according to their success...