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Carbomap Completes Costa Rica Survey

Carbomap says the actual carbon content of a Costa Rican forest it surveyed is 22 percent higher than published values using traditional satellite methods of measuring forest carbon. The environmental survey company completed a three-dimensional carbon map of a forested region in Costa Rica to value the asset for trading. … Read more »

CIGI Paper Calls for Summit of Leaders to Tackle Climate Finance Challenges

CIGI Paper Calls for Summit of Leaders to Tackle Climate Finance Challenges

Real progress on climate change will not be achieved until heads of state, governments and ministers of finance see the global problem as a major economic challenge, according to a paper published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation. The “Institutional Arrangements for Climate Finance” paper says organizations are beginning … Read more »

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Climate Treaty Deal Closer After UN Talks

After two weeks of talks, delegates hammered out a deal Friday that lays the groundwork for a universal legally binding treaty to be adopted by 2015 that will cut greenhouse gas emissions globally. Delegates representing more than 195 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the parent treaty … Read more »

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US, China Agree to Cut Use of HFCs

President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed to find ways to cut the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a gaseous compound used in refrigerants and insulating foams and a major source of greenhouse gases. The US and China will work together, and with other countries, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Rally, Monsanto in Supreme Court, NYC EVs

Thousands of protesters gathered on the National Mall Sunday calling on President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline plan and take action on climate change. The Forward on Climate rally brought an estimated 35,000 people from 30 states, protesting the Keystone project for facilitating carbon-emitting oil sands … Read more »

UN Climate Talks Roundup: EU, US Balk at Funding Pledges

The European Union and the United States refused at the United Nations’ climate talks in Doha to commit to concrete climate funding for poor nations, while India continued to balk at any agreement requiring developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. The UN climate talks, which got underway … Read more »

UN Climate Talks May Streamline Negotiations

Delegates from nearly 200 countries are trying to streamline their negotiations and focus on one track at the UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar, in an effort to simplify the drafting of a more stringent worldwide treaty on greenhouse gas emissions. The delegates plan to close two parallel strands of … Read more »

UN Climate Talks Roundup: Credit Surplus, Finance Showcase, Rising Sea Levels

Here is the latest news from the United Nations’ climate talks in Doha, Qatar, where representatives from nearly 200 countries are working on a second round of pledges to reduce emissions ahead of the Kyoto Protocol’s expiration. Carbon Market Watch, Greenpeace, International Rivers, WWF International and more than 150 other … Read more »

Modest Hopes for UN Climate Talks

The United Nations’ climate talks got underway Monday in Doha, Qatar with negotiators and experts expressing modest expectations for the two-week global conference, which will center on laying the groundwork for a new emissions cap-and-trade agreement as the Kyoto Protocol’s expiration looms. The negotiations leading up to Doha have been … Read more »

Report: US Emissions Fell 9% Since 2005, Rate Unlikely to Continue

Report: US Emissions Fell 9% Since 2005, Rate Unlikely to Continue

The nearly 9 percent reduction in annual carbon emissions in the US between 2005 and 2011 is unlikely to continue without major changes in how energy is currently produced and used, according to a study by Climate Central, which conducts scientific research on climate change. The “Can US Carbon Emissions … Read more »

Glut of Offsets Threatens Global Carbon Market

The Kyoto Protocol’s emissions offset market is oversupplied by 13 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, more than 1,000 times greater than the anticipated demand of 11.5 million mt, according to analysis by Thomson Reuters Point Carbon. The surplus in the first Kyoto commitment period (2008-2012) could compound in the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Shipping Emissions Standstill, City’s Feed-In Tariff, China Misses 2011 Target

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has yet to come up with a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from international shipping, after concluding a week of committee-level talks. Discussions on market-based measures will resume in October when the Marine Environment Protection Committee meets again. The EU has threatened to enforce its … Read more »