Tag Archives: climate+change

How Now Brown Cloud?

Massive brown clouds caused by burning fossil fuels, forests and fields are now fixtures over huge areas of Asia, the Middle East and southern Africa, altering weather patterns, climate and threatening health and agriculture, according to a UN report. An international response and more research is urgently needed, according to the lead researcher of a UNEP study.

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Detailed Actions to Restore America’s Global Leadership on Global Warming

Restoring America’s leadership on global warming is no easy task.  US leadership has been lost over a sustained period as the current Administration has failed to make progress on global warming.  (Sadly this is time we don’t have.)  So, becoming a leader isn’t something that can be done overnight, but it will need to start from day one.  President-elect Obama has already signaled that he …

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Input from Around the World to President-elect Obama on Global Warming

This post first appeared on NRDC’s Switchboard. —————— The world is reacting to the election of President-elect Obama.  I understand that Europeans, Nelson Mandela, Kenyans, Mexico and elsewhere (to name a few) were thrilled by the opportunities presented by a change in leadership in the US and the election of Obama. As a tax-deductible, non-partisan organization, NRDC did not endorse specific candidates. But now …

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Waiting for the Airlines to Land their CO2 Emissions

This post first appeared on NRDC’s Switchboard. ——————— The European Union (EU) just finalized its plans to require that all flights to and from the EU will be required to reduce their global warming pollution. This is a long awaited plan from the EU. Starting in 2012, all flights that take-off or land in the EU will have to limit their overall emissions and …

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European Union Proposal for Addressing Global Deforestation

Cross-posted from THE ENVIRONMENTALIST. ——————– The European Commission (the Commission) just released their proposal for addressing the challenges of deforestation and forest degradation to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.  This is the long awaited Communication on the European Union’s (EU’s) proposed position on global warming emissions from deforestation in the lead-up to the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen.  The lack of a specific …

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Indonesia Moves to Certify All Wood as Sustainably Derived?

This post first appeared on NRDC’s Switchboard. —————————– Interesting developments in Indonesia on the deforestation front!  An editorial in the Jakarta Post discusses a recent announcement from the Indonesian Forestry Ministry to require forest certification.  As the editorial outlines this: bold move to require forestry companies to have their wood stocks audited throughout the supply chain to ensure the wood is derived from sustainably …

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