Tag Archives: deforestation

Will Europe Become Energy Independent in a Generation?

The Europeans seem confident they’re at a competitive advantage in the current climate and economic crisis because they’ve been playing by the (environmental) book for the past decade. Brussels has just adopted an Energy and Climate Package (pdf) that insiders boast will set the scene for a “new global industrial revolution”.  Those are the very words the European Energy commissioner used to describe the …

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FAO Urges Negotiators to Include Agriculture in Post-Kyoto Climate Pact

The UN FAO is urging climate negotiators to incorporate agriculture into the post-Kyoto climate pact currently being negotiated, an effort that if successful could address the interlinked challenges of climate change mitigation adaptation, food security, poverty alleviation and environmental degradation in an integrated manner.

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World Bank Grants $1.3 Billion Loan to Support Environment, Sustainable Resource Use in Brazil

The World Bank Group has approved a $1.3 billion development loan facility to support Brazilian efforts to combat deforestation, foster sustainable resource use and stronger, integrated environmental and resource management, one that it hopes can serve as a model for other resource-rich nations threatened by environmental degradation and export-driven natural resource development.

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Clearing Some Confusion on Tropical Deforestation: Is the future that bad?

In a recent New York Times article New Jungles Prompt a Debate on Rain Forests, some confusion arose on the need to stop the loss of tropical deforestation (or at least that is the way I read the article). We provided a comment in response and I recently asked one of the other Smithsonian researchers in the article a couple of questions. Our response …

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Leadership Needed to Address Deforestation Emissions

Today, NRDC joined a diverse group of environmental, conservation, and development organizations; businesses; and leading academics in a “Call for Leadership” to address deforestation (available here and a list of partners here).  Frances Beinecke, our President, helped launch this “Call” with a speech to leading US policymakers from Congress and elsewhere at an event hosted by the group Avoided Deforestation Partners (that I wrote about …

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