REDD-Monitor’s round-up of the week’s news on forests, the climate crisis, REDD, and natural climate solutions. For regular updates, follow @reddmonitor on Twitter.
18 November 2019
Planting trees to tackle climate change might feel nice, but it could be doing more harm than good
By Alex Morss, The Independent, 18 November 2019
We face an epidemic of the wrong sort of tree hugging. With climate crisis awareness now at its peak almost every big party politician, land owner and charity seems to be racing to embrace tree planting to capture carbon. Are we seeing ecological salvation all packaged up in those therapeutically earthy smelling root balls? Not if the effort is misguided.
In the wise words of the late, great author Oliver Rackham, in 1986: “Tree planting is not synonymous with conservation; it is an admission that conservation has failed.”
Carbon Credits Won’t Be Travel’s Saving Grace
By Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg, 18 November 2019
Greta Thunberg is once again sailing across the Atlantic, and travelers everywhere are being reminded: There’s never been a more depressing time to fly.
That’s not just because of shrinking seats. With air transit accounting for from 2% to 2.5% of global carbon dioxide emissions, travelers are having to weigh their consciences against their desire to see the planet in all its (thawing) glory.
Exclusive: Investors step up pressure on global energy watchdog over climate change
By Matthew Green and Jonas Ekblom, Reuters, 18 November 2019
Fatih Birol, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), faced renewed pressure on Monday from investors and scientists concerned about climate change to overhaul the agency’s projections for fossil fuel demand.
The forests of the Amazon are an important carbon sink
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research press release, 18 November 2019
The world’s tropical forests store huge quantities of carbon in their biomass and thus constitute an important carbon sink. However, current estimates of the amount of carbon dioxide stored in tropical forests of the Amazon vary largely. Scientists at the UFZ have developed an approach that uses recent satellite data to provide much more precise estimates of the amount of biomass in tropical forests than in the past. This makes it possible to obtain a more exact picture of the consequences of droughts and forest fires for the Amazon.
[Guyana] Paying countries for carbon protects forests, but only if payments continue
Boise State University press release, 18 November 2019
Fires ravaging the Amazon rainforests and global climate strikes have highlighted the need for global action to mitigate climate change and conserve forests. Though the situation can seem dire at times, there is good news from a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Carbon payments do protect forests and represent one solution to reversing the trend of global deforestation.
[Indonesia] Gov’t Rolls Out New Forest Replantation Program With Unique Catch
Jakarta Globe, 18 November 2019
The government has launched a program to replant and protect natural forests in Indonesia, luring local people to join it with the promise that they would be allowed to harvest some of the forests’ yield.
The Environment and Forestry Ministry has already spent Rp 2.7 trillion ($200 million) since January to replant 206,000 hectares of forest by the end of this year – ten times the area the ministry had managed to replant before 2019.
USA fires MAPPED: The shocking extent of fires burning across America right now
By Kaisha Langton, Daily Express, 18 November 2019
This year to date, there have been 146,621 fires according to MODIS fire alerts data. The fire alerts are spread across the breadth of the country. The worst hit areas are the south east and the west coast of the USA. In total during the week to November 17, there were 433 MODIS alerts and 1,544 VIIRS alerts.
[USA] What to think of California’s new Tropical Forest Standard
By Hugh Biggar, CIFOR Landscape News, 18 November 2019
With carbon-absorbing tropical forests vital to limiting global warming, California has approved a new carbon offset standard aimed at keeping such forests in place. The Standard is the latest initiative from the U.S. state positioned as a global leader in action against climate change and could be a game-changer in carbon finance efforts. But critics caution it could also undercut climate action.
US Govt updates on proceedings against co-conspirator of Ponzi scammer Renwick Haddow
By Maria Nikolova, FinanceFeeds, 18 November 2019
The United States Government has provided an update on the proceedings against Savraj Gata-Aura, a co-conspirator of Ponzi scammer Renwick Haddow.
In a filing with the New York Southern District Court on November 19, 2019, the Government says that on November 18, 2019, the defendant pleaded guilty to Count One of the S1 Indictment, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349. Sentencing has been scheduled for March 18, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. before Judge Rakoff.
19 November 2019
Forest damage costs far more than thought
By Tim Radford, Climate News Network, 19 November 2019
We know already that human activities are causing devastating forest damage. Now a new study shows the loss we face could be much worse than we think.
Here, it says, is how to multiply your country’s contribution to solving the carbon problem sixfold. It’s simple. Do not do anything to your intact tropical forest. Don’t put roads around it, hunt in it, or select prize lumps of timber from it; don’t quarry, mine or plant oil palms in it. Just protect it.
Explainer: From pig power to cleaner stoves, the world of carbon offsets
By Susanna Twidale, Reuters, 19 November 2019
Carbon offsetting, already a multi-billion dollar industry, will get a major boost from the launch of an international scheme to offset aviation emissions, called CORSIA, in 2021.
British budget carrier easyJet said on Tuesday it would go further than the scheme by offsetting all of its flights.
The global market for offsets of economy flights alone is set to reach $3.8 billion a year by 2025, analysts at Citi say.
Can carbon offsets tackle airlines’ emissions problem?
By Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian, 19 November 2019
Global carbon emissions from the aviation industry are growing faster than expected, and pose a serious risk to the world’s climate efforts if left to grow unchecked. The rise of flygskam, or “flight-shame”, has spurred airlines and travel companies to offer customers the option of offsetting the carbon emissions of their flights. But not everyone is convinced that climate sins can be absolved through projects based on simple carbon accounting.
Shaping a pan-African forest-landscape restoration exchange
By Malin Elsen, Sven Schuppener, Désiré Tchigankong, and Joary Niaina Andriamiharimanana, CIFOR Forests News, 19 November 2019
Two weeks after Malagasy Forest Landscape Restoration experts came to Yaoundé, their Cameroonian counterparts visited Madagascar to intensify their South-South exchange on Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Africa.
The African Union Development Agency (AUDA) pilots targeted exchanges between member countries of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) to foster peer-learning on FLR.
Australia fires: Sydney blanketed by smoke from NSW bushfires
BBC News, 19 November 2019
People in Sydney woke up to a city shrouded in smoke on Tuesday, as scores of bushfires rage across the region.
Strong winds overnight brought smoke from fires inland, pushing the air quality in Australia’s largest city to beyond “hazardous” levels at times.
On social media, locals have described hazy skies and the stench of smoke in their homes.
After Brazil’s Summer of Fire, the Militarization of the Amazon Remains
By Raphael Tsavkko Garcia, Foreign Policy, 19 November 2019
Over the summer, as fires burned more than 20,000 hectares of Amazon forest, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro decided to authorize the deployment of the Brazilian Armed Forces to try to contain the blaze. The operation lasted until Oct. 24 and, according to the Defense Ministry, resulted in 127 arrests and more than $33 million in fines.
[Ghana] NDF, Tropenbos trains community monitors on REDD at Sefwi Wiawso
GhanaWeb, 19 November 2019
Nature and Development Foundation (NDF) and Tropenbos Ghana (TBG) with funding from European Union had as part of its implementation projects on “Strengthening the Capacity of Non-state Actors (NSAs) to improve Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) have organised a training exercise for its monitors and farmers with the Western North Region.
The cost of consumerism: Indonesian forest fires linked to global brands
By Zachary Frye, ASEAN Today, 19 November 2019
Indonesia is struggling with forest fires and the destruction of natural ecosystems. Every year, palm oil producers burn swathes of land across the country to make way for new crops. While this may be financially beneficial, the fires are leading to severe air-quality problems.
According to a newly released Greenpeace study, big-name consumer brands, including Unilever, Mondelez, Nestlé, and Proctor and Gamble, continue to buy products from suppliers that utilize dangerous farming techniques. The report claims these companies are linked to over 10,000 fire hotspots around the country.
Firms asked to compensate 22.5 billion USD for Indonesia’s forest fires
VNA, 19 November 2019
The Indonesian government is set to receive some 315 trillion IDR (22.5 billion USD) from a number of corporates in the forest fire public lawsuit, according to the Environment and Forestry Ministry (KLHK).
The amount is from nine lawsuits that were granted by the Supreme Court (MA) a while back, said KLHK Director General of Law Enforcement Rasio Ridho Sani.
In total, there are 17 lawsuits related to the massive forest fires Indonesia witnessed this year. Last month, the ministry deemed eight corporate suspects and one individual responsible for widespread forest fires.
[Kenya] Why We Must Save the Elephants… or Else
By Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble, The Daily Beast, 19 November 2019
Everyone loves elephants.” We hear it a lot, but do we love them enough to want to ensure their survival on this planet? Not as zoo inmates or residents of elephant sanctuaries, but as free-roaming keystone species in savannas and forests living in family groups? Elephants are waterhole-excavating, bulldozing, bark-stripping engineers and gardeners of their environments—and for that they need space. Their migration routes and deep-trodden paths, some of them probably hundreds of years old, once meandered across the African continent, connecting waterholes, rivers, food sources, salt licks. Elephants prefer not to climb, so where they could, rather than traverse ridges, their paths followed the contours of the land. It is no surprise that civil engineers often followed them to put in roads.
[UK] EasyJet to offset carbon emissions from all its flights
By Gwyn Topham, The Guardian, 19 November 2019
EasyJet is set to become the world’s first major airline to operate net-zero carbon flights across its entire network, after announcing it would offset all jet fuel emissions.
The British budget airline said it would start offsetting all flights from Tuesday, which it said would cost about £25m in the next financial year through schemes to plant trees or avoid the release of additional carbon dioxide.
[USA] Landowners earn millions for CO2 savings that may not happen
By Lawrence Cole, Asumtech, 19 November 2019
As part of a California program to control climate change, US landowners have received hundreds of millions of dollars in promised carbon dioxide reductions, which may not materialize.
The government has issued carbon credits for projects that may exceed their emission reductions by 80 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. This is one-third of the overall cuts that the government’s emissions trading program should reach, according to a in the next decade Policy Brief, which will be published in the coming days by the University of California at Berkeley.
20 November 2019
Dangerous levels of warming locked in by planned jump in fossil fuels output
By Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, 20 November 2019
Global governments plan to produce 120 percent more fossil fuels by 2030, drastically at odds with the 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) warming limit they all agreed to under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. All major fossil fuel-producing nations—including the United States, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, Canada, and Australia—have ambitious plans to increase production, according to a new report by leading research organizations and the United Nations.
One Whale Is Worth Thousands of Trees in Climate Fight, New Report Says
By Jana Randow, Time, 20 November 2019
Climate activists would be better off trying to save whales rather than planting trees if they had to choose between those options, according to a report published by the International Monetary Fund.
Great whales are the carbon-capture titans of the animal world, absorbing an average of 33 tons of CO2 each throughout their lives before their carcasses sink to the bottom of the ocean and remain there for centuries, according an article in the December issue of the IMF’s Finance & Development magazine. A tree, by contrast, absorbs no more than 48 pounds of the gas a year.
The climate science is clear: it’s now or never to avert catastrophe
By Bill McKibben, The Guardian, 20 November 2019
The one thing never to forget about global warming is that it’s a timed test.
It’s ignoble and dangerous to delay progress on any important issue, of course – if, in 2020, America continues to ignore the healthcare needs of many of its citizens, those people will sicken, die, go bankrupt. The damage will be very real. But that damage won’t make it harder, come 2021 or 2025 or 2030, to do the right thing about healthcare.
Forest the size of 8,300 football fields destroyed in Ghana annually – NDF report
By Ama Cromwell, Joy Online, 20 November 2019
Nature and Development Foundation (NDF), a non-governmental organisation, has revealed that 2.5 million m³ of timber, which is equivalent to a forest area of 8,300 football fields, is illegally harvested annually in Ghana.
Addressing the media on the study published on Wednesday, the Capacity Building Expert, Abena Wood, said illegal logging is a major cause of Ghana’s deforestation.
“Between 2000 and 2010, increase in forest cover through forest plantations is 150,000 hectares, which accounts for only 13% of forest cover loss (1,150,000 hectares),” she stated.
Ireland has spent €121m on carbon credits due to failure to reach emissions targets
thejournal.ie, 20 November 2019
Ireland has paid €121 million to date purchasing carbon credits in order to comply with its international environmental targets.
Next year, the government will have to pay out additional funds for its continuing breaches.
Muslim women in Kenya raise butterflies to aid forests
By Andrew Wasike, AA, 20 November 2019
Butterflies are empowering and transforming the lives of many women in the village of Gede on the eastern coast of Kenya.
Gede is well-known for its ancient ruins which consist of mansions, mosques and houses that are estimated to be around 800 years old.
Peatlands in South America an asset in climate action efforts
CIFOR Forests News, 20 November 2019
South America may be sitting, unaware, on a pile of climate gold, ammunition in efforts to forestall global warming.
New maps of tropical and subtropical peatlands suggest these carbon-rich wetlands are more widespread in South America than on any other continent, with significant deposits in the Andean mountains.
21 November 2019
Here’s What Will Happen to Climate if Every Planned Fossil Fuel Project Goes Ahead
By Carly Cassella, Science Alert, 21 November 2019
As the world races to mitigate a climate crisis, too many nations are having their cake and eating it too. If nothing is done to curb the global extraction of fossil fuels, commitments to the Paris agreement and other national goals will mean very little.
In just ten years, the United Nations estimates the world will produce 50 percent more oil, gas and coal than is necessary to keep temperatures below 2°C, and there will be 120 percent more fossil fuel production than we can have if we want to limit warming to 1.5°C.
Climate change reassessment prompts call for a ‘more sober’ discourse
Institute of Physics, 21 November 2019
An international research team has called for a more sober discourse around climate change prospects, following an extensive reassessment of climate change’s progress and its mitigation.
They argue that climate change models have understated potential warming’s speed and runaway potential, while the models that relate climate science to consequences, choices and policies have understated the scope for practical mitigation against it. Policymakers are becoming aware of the former bias but seldom perceive the latter.
Which Countries Will Step Up Climate Commitments in 2020? What We Know Now
By Noëmie Leprince-Ringuet, World Resources Institute, 21 November 2019
When countries adopted the 2015 Paris Agreement, they designed it to steer the world onto a pathway that would limit temperature rise to well below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) by 2100, while striving for the 1.5-degree C (2.7 degrees F) goal. To ensure that countries take on greater climate action over time, the agreement requires each country to prepare and communicate Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) every five years.
Carbon Pricing and Markets Update: Preparing Mechanisms for Rising Demand
By Beate Antonich, IISD, 21 November 2019
Over the last month, we saw governments work on emission pricing schemes and climate laws at the international, national and subnational level in Europe, Asia and North and Central America. The 40th meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly signaled that preparations for the sector’s global market-based mechanism continue. With dozens of countries indicating that they want to use international market mechanisms to meet their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change, further negotiations on Article 6 (cooperative approaches) to take place during the Madrid Climate Change Conference in December are gaining prominence.
Palm Oil Biofuels Market May See Shake-Up in 2020, Heightening Leakage Risks
Chain Reaction Research, 21 November 2019
The expansion of the palm oil industry in the last ten years was partially in response to the anticipated demand for biofuels worldwide. The expected EU biodiesel boom did not materialize, resulting in a systemic oversupply of palm oil in Southeast Asia. A number of recent policy initiatives may bring about significant shifts in the end-user markets of palm oil-based biodiesel starting January 1, 2020. The geographical markets and the sectors with growing biodiesel demand are not traditionally known for their strict sustainability demands, and therefore may pose new leakage market risks.
If you support the indigenous peoples of the Amazon, you need to read this right now
Survival International, 21 November 2019
In August 2019, a hunter-gatherer tribe living in one of the most important rainforests on Earth made a public plea for help:
“The forest is our home. We rely on the forest to live. We eat there, we find medicines there, we feel healthy when we are there. We raise our children well in the forest. But you people have stolen our forest. What are we going to do? How will we survive?”
Amazon fires: what happens next?
By James Lowen, BirdLife International, 21 November 2019
Stark images ignited global horror. The Amazonian rainforest ablaze. The blackened Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo, choking with carbon. Leaders from G7 countries condemned August’s environmental atrocity. Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, was swiftly cast as villain in a tragedy afflicting communities, creatures and climate alike. What lessons might we draw from Brazil’s rapid parabola from environmental laggard to leader… and back again?
Continued Mobilization for Forest Rights in India: Frontline Diary
Oakland Institute, 21 November 2019
“If they want to only protect wildlife and not people, let them turn to animals for votes during elections. We neither get our forest rights, or even the most basic human rights.“ Anar Singh Bandole
These words are lamented by 35 year old Anar Singh Bandole, who traveled 18 hours from his village in Burhanpur district, Madhya Pradesh, to attend the Forest Rights Rally in New Delhi on November 21, 2019.
[Nigeria] Ogun makes final list of partnership programme
By Adekunle Jimoh, The Nation, 21 November 2019
Ogun State has been selected among the successful participants in the coming National Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and United Nations’ Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation projects (FCPF/REDD+).
The Director of Survey, Demarcation, Inventory and Extension, Ministry of Forestry, Mr. Adewale Shonubi, who spoke at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said the programme, aimed at encouraging developing countries to reduce emission from deforestation and degradation by enhancing, sustaining, as well as conserving forest carbon stock, began with an assessment in the 36 states.
Gbajabiamila Says Nigeria Must Build Capacity To Tackle Climate Change, Protect Environment
By By Jacob Segun Olatunji and Kehinde Akintola, Nigerian Tribune, 21 November 2019
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila has canvassed for the need to urgently build technical capacity and make concerted efforts to be able to tackle the challenge of climate change and environmental degradation.
Gbajabiamila, who stated this on Thursday while launching the Globe Legislators Advancing REDD+ and Natural Capital Governance towards the delivery of the 2030 Agenda, a GLOBE-UNEP-GEF project at the National Assembly also lamented that lack of technical know-how has hindered effective implementation of policies.
[Tanzania] “Now that we own our land we can protect it.”
UN Development Programme, 21 November 2019
The Hadzabe people of northern Tanzania are one of the world’s oldest communities. Living at the base of the Rift Valley, believed to be the origin of human species, the Hadzabe live as they always have.
For tens of thousands of years, the Hadzabe have hunted and gathered food in their forests. There has never been a single account of famine.
[UK] FCA Gets OK For Plan To Repay Scammed Investors
Law360.com, 21 November 2019
A judge at a London court gave the Financial Conduct Authority the green light on Thurday to begin partially repaying investors defrauded out of £18.7 million ($24.2 million) in rogue investments, saying the plan was the fairest outcome “for this thorny issue.” Patrick McCahill QC, sitting as a judge at the High Court, ruled in favor of the watchdog’s attempts to redistribute assets seized from Capital Alternatives Ltd., related companies and several individuals who ran phony investment schemes in Africa, Australia and Brazil. The authority has recovered less than £300,000 because many of the companies involved in the investments lack assets… [R-M: Subscription needed.]
[USA] ‘Fire is medicine’: the tribes burning California forests to save them
By Susia Cagle, The Guardian, 21 November 2019
When Rick O’Rourke walks with fire, the drip torch is an extension of his body. The mix of diesel and gasoline arcs up and out from the little wick at the end of the red metal can, landing on the ground as he takes bite after bite out of the dry vegetation in the shadow of the firs and oaks.
“Some people are like gunslingers and some people are like artists who paint with fire,” he says. “I’m a little bit of both.”
Eni has become an active member of the governance of the forest conservation REDD+ Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP) in Zambia
Eni press release, 21 November 2019
By signing an agreement with BioCarbon Partners, an African company focused on long-term forest carbon projects, Eni has become an active member of the governance of the Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP), a REDD+ Project in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia. Under the initiative, Eni also commits for the next 20 years, until 2038, to purchase carbon credits of Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard: this choice will contribute to the success of this REDD+ Project on a long term basis (REDD+ stands for Reduction Emission from Deforestation and Degradation), contributing to most of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
22 November 2019
BOFH: Trying to go after IT’s budget again?
By Simon Travaglia, The Register, 22 November 2019
Episode 11 “So let me get this straight,” the PFY says, shaking his head a little to clear his thoughts “Global warming is… our fault.”
“I didn’t say that,” the Director blurts. “Anyway, it’s called climate change.”
“You implied it was our fault,” the PFY says.
“No I didn’t!”
“Yes you did!”
Carbon offset gold rush is distracting us from climate change
By Camilla Cavendish, Financial Times, 22 November 2019
Not since the Catholic Church sold indulgences to reduce time in purgatory has there been such a flourishing market in the forgiveness of sin. Thanks to climate change, a rash of organisations are now offering to absolve guilt over polluting if we pay them to “offset” carbon, sometimes by planting trees. While their motives may be admirable, this new gold rush could prove to be a dangerous delusion.
Nurturing nature can raise ambition to address planetary emergency
By Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, WWF, 22 November 2019
Our planet faces a growing climate emergency. Only a dramatic increase in the ambition of our collective response can avert that crisis. But without placing nature at the centre of that response — recognising the interrelationships between nature loss and climate change, as well as the potential of nature to play a fundamental role in mitigating global warming and adapting to it – an ambitious collective response will not be possible.
Finding Environmental Markets
By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer, 22 November 2019
When Ohio farmer Fred Yoder testified last month before the House Select Committee on Climate Change, the long-time no-till farmer and champion of climate-smart farming practices told lawmakers one of the best things that could happen would be to get back a carbon market that would encourage farmers to use those sort of farming practices.
The Next Generation of Carbon Trading: Global Environmental Markets (GEM) and Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX) are Lead Sponsors of the IETA Business Hub at COP25 Madrid, Spain.
GEM Global press release, 22 November 2019
At the COP 21 (the 21st United Nations Conference of the Parties in Paris, 2015), CTX was a major sponsor of the IETA (International Emissions Trading Association) and WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) Business Hub. Now, in direct response to the new paradigm within Article 6 of the Paris Agreement in terms of Internationally Transferred Mitigation Outcomes (ITMOs), both CTX and GEM have ‘stepped up’ to sponsor IETA’s Business Hub at the COP25 in Madrid, despite the massive upheaval of the relocation of the event from Santiago de Chile to Madrid in Spain.
Amazon rainforest fire: Is the Amazon still burning? The massive increase in fires
By Amali Henden, Daily Express, 22 November 2019
The Amazon rainforest has been burning at a record rate this year and more than 120,000 fires have been detected since the start of the year. The devastating fires are destroying the homes of indigenous tribes and threatening millions of animals.
The increasing rates were first reported by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) in June and July through satellite monitoring systems.
Australia bushfires factcheck: are this year’s fires unprecedented?
By Adam Morton, Nick Evershed and Graham Readfearn, The Guardian, 22 November 2019
Australia has suffered a devastating early bushfire season with fires across several states burning through hundreds of thousands of hectares and destroying hundreds of properties with the loss of six lives.
New South Wales has been the most severely hit, with more than 1.65m hectares razed, an area significantly larger than suburban Sydney. All six deaths occurred in there and more than 600 homes were destroyed. At one point firefighters were battling a fire front about 6,000km long, equivalent to a return trip between Sydney and Perth.
[Chile] Call by High Level Climate Champion to Join the Climate Ambition Alliance at COP25
UNFCCC, 22 November 2019
The High-Level Climate Champion for Chile, Gonzalo Muñoz, has published a letter which calls on all actors – cities, regions, businesses, and investors – to join Chile’s Climate Ambition Alliance at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid in December.
At the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in New York in September, Chile announced the ‘Climate Ambition Alliance’, capturing the outcomes and achievements of the ‘Mitigation Strategy’ coalition.
Her story: Ethiopian forests
CIFOR Forests News, 22 November 2019
Deforestation that has occurred in Ethiopia for centuries has transformed the once lush landscape into arid drylands.
See the story of Ethiopia’s efforts to regreen its land and the need to empower the invisible warriors: women.
[Ghana] 280 farmers trained in alternative livelihood in Bono, Ahafo and Bono East regions
By Precious Semevoh, Joy Online, 22 November 2019
Some 280 farmers have been trained by the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry in a special livelihood enterprise programme in the former Brong Ahafo region.
The farmers, drawn from selected forest communities such as Susuanho, Yamfo, Bomaa, Bechem, Adentia, and Kwetire were trained in beekeeping. They also received logistics to help them begin the journey of developing what is expected to be a vibrant honey production enterprise.
Could forest fires burn forever in Indonesia’s peatlands?
By Samantha Ho, Al Jazeera, 22 November 2019
The toxic haze that engulfed Southeast Asia for months throughout the second half of 2019 was not the first time air pollution has scarred the region. And it might not be the last, if Indonesia’s pulp industry does not undertake major peatland restoration efforts, a new report has warned.
An environmental group calling itself Koalisi Anti Mafia Hutan (the Anti Forest-Mafia Coalition) says two of Indonesia’s largest pulp producers are investing heavily in processes that compound rather than reduce the pressures on fire-prone peatlands.
[Nigeria] Stakeholders Call for Efforts to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change
This Day, 22 November 2019
Stakeholders in the environment sector have called for collective efforts towards mitigating the effects of climate change.
They made this call during the National Consultations on Pre-Conference of Parties(COP 25) workshop organised by Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) in Abuja on Wednesday.
Green Climate Fund approves REDD+ Emission Reductions in Paraguay for a value of USD 72.5 million for keeping its forests standing
UN environment programme, 22 November 2019
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved the submission by Paraguay of 26 million tons of CO2 of forest emission reductions for a total value of 72.5 million USD.
The approval, announced at GCF’s 24th Board meeting on 13 November, is in recognition of the successful efforts of Paraguay, home to the second largest forest ecosystem in South America, in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation between 2015 and 2017.
23 November 2019
A revolution without single leaders. First glimpses from Chile, November 22, 2019
By Orin Langelle, Global Justice Ecology Project, 23 November 2019
Photographer’s note: Upon arriving at our hotel in Santiago, Anne Petermann and I hooked up with Biofuelwatch’s Gary Hughes. We headed toward the mass action up the street. Even though thousand of people have been detained, over twenty killed and over 200 people with serious injuries to their eyes, yesterday afternoon was energizing to say the least.
Kenya’s community project empowers members with carbon credit funds
Xinhua, 23 November 2019
A community project in Kwale, in the south coast of Kenya, has been empowering members of the local community by helping establish development projects in a poor setup.
Mikoko Pamoja, or “mangrove together,” has been earning carbon credit funds from the conservation of mangrove forests along the coastal strip through its new approach to mangrove conservation.
24 November 2019
Shades of REDD+ Nesting: A Good or Bad Piece of Swiss Cheese?
By Lucio Pedroni and Donna Lee, Ecosystem Marketplace, 24 November 2019
There was a time when people thought that forests were the low-hanging fruit of the climate challenge, and that reducing emissions from deforestation was fast, easy, and cheap. No one thinks that anymore. One particularly significant challenge of tackling emissions from deforestation is the large, diverse, and geographically diffuse set of actors that drive forest loss. Because of this, as we saw in the previous installment of this series (see Bridging the National vs. Project Divide), achieving large-scale mitigation requires collective action from multiple stakeholders undertaking different activities at different levels.
Can we have net zero emissions and still fly?
By Stuart Clark, The Guardian, 24 November 2019
When you think about things that are quintessentially British, you probably would not immediately put “flying” into that category – but you should. We Brits don’t just like flying, we love it.
Data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shows that more Britons flew abroad last year than any other nationality. Roughly one in every dozen air passengers was British. Britons took to the skies 126.2m times in 2018, beating Americans and Chinese people into second and third place. Needless to say, this comes at an environmental price.
Equip Forestry Commission to enforce forest laws – Tropenbos Ghana
Ghana Business News, 24 November 2019
Tropenbos Ghana, an NGO, has called on government to equip the Forestry Commission to enforce forest laws banning farming in forest reserves.
Mr Daniel Kofi Abu, a Project Coordinator at Tropenbos Ghana, said the Commission should be provided with personal and equipment to enable it undertake real time monitoring, patrol and enforce the laws.
Speaker calls for capacity building to tackle climate change, protect environment
By Edith Imoisili, The Nigerian Observer, 24 November 2019
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt., Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed the need for the country to urgently build technical capacity and work towards ensuring that the challenge of climate change and environmental degradation are tackled.
Hon. Gbajabiamila, who lamented the lack of technical know-how which had hindered effective implementation of policies stated this yesterday, while launching the Globe Legislators Advancing REDD+ and Natural Capital Governance towards delivery of the 2030 Agenda, a GLOBE-UNEP-GEF project at the National Assembly.
[USA] Bitcoin Store: UK Citizen and Fraudster Renwick Haddow Barred by SEC
By JD Alois, Crowdfund Insider, 24 November 2019
Renwick Haddow, a UK citizen who allegedly perpetrated multiple frauds, has received additional sanctions from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Haddow apparently also adopted the alias “Jonathan Black.”