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Obama Administration Issues First National Climate Adaptation Strategy

Two years in the making, he National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is a call to action. Co-led by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, NOAA, and the NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, some 90 researchers from federal, state, and tribal conservation agencies, as well as the American public, took part in crafting the plan.

Understanding the ecosystem services provided by wetlands is key to climate change mitigation and a healthy environment for future generations

Climate Change and Wetlands: The IPCC Weighs In

The IPCC NGGI Wetlands Supplement marks a step forward in the international effort to expand the scope of national greenhouse gas emissions inventories.

Aurora Algae seeks to scale up biofuel and food production

California Start-Up Looks to Scale Up Algae Biofuel-Agriculture-BioPharma System

With backing from VC investors, commercial partners and the Australian government, Aurora Ventures is looking to significantly scale-up production of biofuel, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. The system it’s developing could well prove capable of sustainably producing liquid fuels and essential agricultural products more efficiently and cheaply than conventional methods, requiring a lot less in the way of freshwater, energy and other inputs derived from natural resources.

Climate and population pressured combined with unsustainable agricultural practices threaten communities and farmers in northwestern China

Glacial Melting, Growing Population and Agricultural Practices Threaten Farmers, Communities in Northwest China

This confluence of factors is posing severe challenges not only locally in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s Tarim River basin, but regionally across Central Asia and beyond. A joint Chinese-German university research effort that aims to find sustainable, long-term solutions is underway.

Renewable Energy Key Vehicle on Rio+20 Sustainable Development Roadmap

The drive to forge equitable, sustainable “green” economies and develop and deploy renewable energy and clean technologies are front-and-center in the media in the run-up to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which is to take place in the iconic Brazilian city June 20-22. Three bits of essential reading, and reference, relating to global renewable energy growth and its role in sustainable development programs were released yesterday: the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012,” the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century’s (REN21) 2012 “Renewables Global Status Report,” and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Renewable Energy Scorecard.”

World Bank Launches “Clean, Green, Resilient” Sustainable Development Strategy

Promoting and fostering adoption of appropriate clean energy technology to reduce environmental degradation while at the same time reducing poverty is the focal point of the World Bank’s new sustainable development and environmental strategy.

World Environment Day: Investing in Carbon Capture and Storage РNature’s Way

The UNEP releases “The Natural Fix? The Role of Ecosystems Management in Climate Mitigation” – a “rapid response report” marking World Environment Day.