Building construction in Germany posts 5% increase
The smell of smoke was strong in western Newfoundland yesterday, near Corner Brook, Bay of Islands, and Deer Lake. The smoke was coming from forest fires in Quebec. The smoke is also in the upper atmosphere over New Brunswick and Nova Scotia resulting in a hazy appearance. Smoke is also drifting westwards into northeastern Ontario. [...]
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Last week, the pollution from fires in Sumatra set new records. The smoke in Singapore this year is worse than it was in 1997 and 2002, both years of major forest burning in Indonesia. World Resources Institute has produced an analysis of where the fires are, based on NASA’s Active Fire Data and the Ministry [...] [...]
Cologne, Germany—A workshop held recently during one of Europe’s largest trade fairs (Interzum) helped clarify the implementation of the “European Timber Regulations” (EUTR) 10 weeks after they became applicable across all Member States in the European Union (EU).
Invitattion to a joint Field trip & Seminar in Helge River Baltic Landscape that will be organized 13-15 August 2013 on the topic Forest Governance on a Landscape Scale. Two Helge River specific issues will be presented and discussed during Field … Continue reading →
Negotiators at Bonn climate talks have whittled away at controversial policy details related to verifying carbon emissions, paving the way for major progress on REDD+ at the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw in November. Debates over verification under REDD+ – a U.N.-backed framework for reducing emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation – stalled during [...]
Harmful environmental and social impacts of palm oil plantations in the developing world could be minimised by buffer zones around towns and villages; protection of areas with high ecosystem value and effective consultation with local communities. So concludes a commissioned report by the University of Reading launched on June 24th which focuses on the [...]
Germany’s forest-carbon market is fairly small compared to the market for renewable energy offsets, and people from Frankfurt-based Forest Carbon Group and Hamburg-based Forest Finance Group found themselves not only bumping into each other at conferences, but referring clients to each other as well, says Michael Sahm, FCG’s Director of Strategic Marketing and External Affairs. [...]
One of the key pieces of methodological guidance for REDD+ issued to date by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) of the Parties (COP) is that countries should use the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidance and guidelines (as adopted or encouraged by the COP) to estimate 1) forest-related [...]
The meeting, organized by the Government of France and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), will consider issues related to natural disaster risk management in mountain areas within Europe.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly will be held back-to-back with the 46th GEF Council meeting in Mexico. A report on the host city, to be announced, will be considered at the 45th Council meeting in November 2013. The Council is expected to convene from 26-27 May, and the Assembly is expected to convene from 28-30 May. All 183 member nations, including South Sudan – the GEF's newest member – will gather for the Assembly. The GEF Council meets twice a year, while the Assembly meets every four years to take major decisions, including endorsement of the next four-year GEF replenishment package.
Reuters: Indonesia's president has apologized for the raging forest fires that have blanketed its neighbors Singapore and Malaysia with thick smog in Southeast Asia's worst air pollution crisis in 16 years.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesia was doing everything it could to contain the fires on the island of Sumatra, including the deployment of military aircraft to waterbomb the blazes, and has earmarked around 200 billion rupiah ($20 million) to handle the disaster.
The week-long environmental...
Mongabay: Three firms linked to fires in Sumatra saw their share prices decline since the haze crisis worsened a week ago. Golden Agri-Resources Ltd (SGX:E5H) led the pack with an 8 percent decline since June 18. Wilmar International Limited (SGX:F34) dropped 5 percent, while First Resources Ltd (SGX:EB5) lost 4 percent. All three firms are listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange and have been cited in media reports based on hotspot data from NASA. Officials in Singapore and Indonesia say they will pursue...
The 44th Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program amounting to US$369.82 million, comprising 48 projects on biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), as well as multi-focal area projects. Convened from 18 to 20 June 2013 at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C., over 230 participants, including 57 Council Members and their Alternates, convention secretariats and civil society organizations (CSOs), attended the meeting.
The eleventh edition of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) InfoNews includes an editorial by David Nabarro, Special Representative of the UN-Secretary General for Food Security and Nutrition.
Mongabay: Greenpeace has released a series of photos from the front lines of the peat fires that are casting a pall of haze and triggering health warnings across Singapore and Malaysia.
The images were taken by Getty photographer Ulet Infansasti in Sumatra, where the fires are burning. Greenpeace also released photographs taken by Ferina Natasya in Singapore, where the haze is causing record air pollution.
Analysis of NASA hotspot data has revealed that the majority of fires are occurring within plantation...
BONN, Germany (24 June, 2013) – Negotiators at Bonn climate talks have whittled away at controversial policy details related to verifying carbon emissions, paving the way for major progress on REDD+ at the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw in November. Debates over verifying carbon emissions under REDD+ – a U.N.-backed framework for reducing emissions from deforestation... Read more
Live Webinar on June 27, 2013 @ 1:00 CST An Examination of Forest Inventories and Manufacturing Capacity June 27, 2013 | 1:00 CST Presenters: Seth Ginther Executive Director, U.S. Industrial Pellet Association Dave Tenny President and CEO, National Alliance of … Continue reading →