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Is the deal struck in the final marathon session at COP17 producing the Durban Platform too little, too late?

Is the Agreement in Durban Enough to Contain Climate Change?

The participants at the U.N. sponsored COP17 climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, managed to come to an agreement on a package of measures that will eventually force all the world’s polluters to take legally binding action. One of the most significant elements of the deal concerns a replacement for the soon to expire Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto protocol is…

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UN Climate Change Conference Opens; GWIR Reports from Copenhagen

The UN climate change conference opened in Copenhagen today as delegates and world leaders gather this week to try to hammer out a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. GWIR published Tom Schueneman is in Copenhagen to report.

UN Climate Change-Deforestation Policy Co-Opted by Industrial Loggers/Tree Farmers

The international effort to incorporate forestry and deforestation in a successor to the Kyoto Protocol climate change agreement are being railroaded by industrial tree plantation and logging companies, threatening the substance and integrity of policies being considered as part of the REDD–Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, according to a UK-based social and environmental watchdog.

Building Organic Agriculture into a Successor to the Kyoto Protocol

As international climate change negotiations and debate heats up, the Rodale Institute and the Swiss-German-Austrian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture have come out swinging to promote a global shift to organic agriculture as part of a successor to the Kyoto Protocol.

Climate Change Accords, Tree Plantations & Human Rights

With organizations and representatives around the world gearing up for key international climate change negotiations in Copenhagen this December, the experience of industrial tree farming in South Africa highlights the perils and pitfalls associated with hammering out a more comprehensive, multidisciplinary and integrated accord.

Using Charcoal to Enhance Soil, Produce Fuel, Capture Carbon

Incomplete burning of plant organic residue to produce biofuel and biochar offers a means of permanently storing large amounts of carbon while at the same time producing renewable energy, enhancing soil fertility and agricultural productivity, enhancing resistance to drought and flood and preserving biodiviersity, according to the UNCCD, which is advocating for greater recognition and support of biochar projects in in UN-led climate change adaptation and mitigation agreements and initiatives.

Cliamte Change Talks at United Nations