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UN Launches Project to “Unlock Carbon Markets” for Farmers, Foresters, Conservationists

The UN and partners announced the launch of an international research project that aims to evaluate and assess the ability of soils and forest in nine developing countries to capture and store carbon, as well as provide a range of additional environmental, social and economic benefits. The project aims to open up nascent carbon markets to farmers, ranchers, foresters and conservationists around the world.

Foresting Degraded Land Could Meet Growing Global Energy Demand

Contrary to widely-held assumptions, growing global energy demand could be met sustainably and in a carbon neutral, possibly even carbon negative, way by afforesting land degraded and using lignocellulosic biomass to produce electrical power, liquid fuels and other chemicals. Doing so would have significant additional environmental and social, as well as economic, benefits, two German researchers assert.