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Enviro News Wrap: Climate Change and National Security; Keeling Curve On the Brink of 400; Getting Beyond Politics Leads to Climate Action, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The US government is placing a focus on the threats of climate change to national security. If the rate and severity of natural disasters increases then a great strain will be placed on the military resources of the US. Americans don’t sit by…

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Six countries qualify for forest carbon partnership

Six Tropical Forest Countries Qualify for Forest Carbon Partnership Facility REDD+ Grants

Chile, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Suriname, Thailand and Vanuatu all submitted REDD+ Readiness Plans, thus qualifying for $23 million in grants, indicating that progress, through slow and halting, is being made at the international level to halt deforestation, forest degradation and resulting greenhouse gas emissions.

Forests devastated by pine beetle infestation may not release the huge flux of carbon as once feared

Forest Carbon Release from Pine Beetle Infestation Not as Severe as Expected

As large swaths of western forests in North America succumb to pine beetle infestation, due in part to warming winters, preliminary studies show that the dead, decaying trees are not releasing the huge flux of CO2 previously feared by scientists. According to a study just released in the journal Ecology Letters, despite the billions of trees killed in the pine beetle infestation…

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USDA Reports on Climate Change Effects, Adaptation for Agriculture, Forests

Climate change is expected to have profound, far-reaching effects on U.S. agriculture and forests this century, highlighting a society-wide need to enhance resiliency.

Deforestation is a major contributor to anthropogenic carbon emissions

EarthTalk: Global Warming and Deforestation

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that cutting and burning trees adds more global warming pollution to the atmosphere than all the cars and trucks in the world combined?     – Mitchell Vale, Houston, TX By most accounts, deforestation in tropical rainforests adds more…

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Bigger Picture Landscape Approach to Forest-Agriculture Management Gains Credibility

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity is taking note of a first set of “best practice” guidelines for enacting an interdisciplinary, ecosystem-based “Landscape Approach” to forest, agriculture and land use management that takes greater account of human use and community development.

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193 Governments Agree to Boost Funding for Biodiversity Protection

To a man, or government rather, all parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity–developed and developing nations alike–agreed to increase funding for biodiversity protection, a sign that government leaders are increasingly aware of the profound threats the extraordinary loss of plant and animal species that’s taking place poses to human societies and civilization the world over.