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Opinion Survey on Cancun Climate Talks: Findings

A climate-movement at the ground level is needed to put pressure on politicians – says an opinion survey on Cancun Climate talks 2010. Marred by a series of failed meetings and unkept promises, there is a growing concern on whether the approach taken to strike a global climate deal would ultimately bear fruitful results. The domestic political situations and industry lobbying have not augured well for governments trying to implement climate-friendly policies.On the home turf, many powerful stakeholders in the Climate deal, had to backtrack becuase of intense opposition from rival political groups. Unlike last year at Copenhagen, the participation . . . → Read More: Opinion Survey on Cancun Climate Talks: Findings

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Climate Watchlist: Key Issues for Cancun Negotiations

The parties to the UNFCCC are gathering in Cancun next week with the aim to deliberate and deliver a legally binding agreement for action on climate change. Their success will largely depend on settling disputes, particularly between the developed and developing world, on six key issues, discussed in this IIED Briefing Paper written by Achala Chandani & Linda Siegele.

We must mitigate and adapt to climate change. On this, the international community is agreed. But exactly how to do that is still up for debate. There were high hopes that last year’s UN climate talks in . . . → Read More: Climate Watchlist: Key Issues for Cancun Negotiations

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Emerging Economies also Emerging Leaders in Effective Climate Action

Gland, Switzerland – Issued as country delegates head to the UN Climate Conference at Cancun, Mexico,“Emerging Economies: How the Developing World is Starting a New Era of Climate Change Leadership”, examines emissions trends and climate action plans for five of the world’s largest developing economies – Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa.

It finds that overall these key emerging economies are acting with greater determination, ambition and energy than several countries in the developed world. But emerging economies could also do more to stave off the worst potential impacts of climate change and the report . . . → Read More: Emerging Economies also Emerging Leaders in Effective Climate Action

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Will the G20 Help Cancun to Succeed?: An article by Sergio Abranches, Ecopolity

The leaders of the G20 have pledged that they “will spare no effort to reach a balanced and successful outcome in Cancun”. Will this really come through? Sergio Abranches, an independent researcher, writer, journalist and blogger on Ecopolitics, analyzes the recent climate talks at Seoul and possible outcomes of upcoming Cancun Summit.

It is clearly in the G20’s power to lead Cancun to deliver sound outcomes. But will they use this power? To have a hint of what they might do in Cancun, we should first look at what they’ve done about the global currency disequilibrium . . . → Read More: Will the G20 Help Cancun to Succeed?: An article by Sergio Abranches, Ecopolity

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Food, Fuel, or Forests? Charting a Responsible U.S. Role in Global Palm Oil Expansion

Palm oil has overtaken soybean and canola as the world’s largest source of vegetable oils. Over the next decade, global demand for vegetable oils and biofuels are expected to rise between 50% and 40% respectively. However, palm oil expansion has been linked to significant increases in tropical deforestation, social conflict, and emissions of greenhouse gases that result from the clearing and draining of tropical forests and peatlands. While the majority of plantations are currently in Southeast Asia, the palm oil industry is aggressively branching out into Latin America and Africa.

It is estimated that up 50% . . . → Read More: Food, Fuel, or Forests? Charting a Responsible U.S. Role in Global Palm Oil Expansion

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Study Shows Significant Energy and Carbon Emissions Reduction Potential from Cloud Computing

Redmond, Washington – Businesses that choose to run business applications in the cloud can help reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by a net 30 percent or more versus running those same applications on their own infrastructure. These findings, from a study commissioned by Microsoft Corp. and conducted by Accentureand WSP Environment & Energy, demonstrate cloud computing’s potential to operate business applications more efficiently.

Large data-centers, like those run by Microsoft, benefit from economies of scale and operational efficiencies beyond what corporate IT departments can achieve. Benefits become even more significant for a small business moving . . . → Read More: Study Shows Significant Energy and Carbon Emissions Reduction Potential from Cloud Computing

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Managing Natural Resources in India: Recommendations from GADIDS, Amritsar

Guru Arjan Dev Institute of Development Studies, Amritsar (India), organized a two-day national seminar on October 23-24, 2010, jointly sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, CSIR, NABARD and Ministry of Earth Science, Government of India. A total of 65 papers were presented during the seminar in four different sessions. A book entitled “Management of Natural Resources and Environment in India” brought out by the institute was also released during the seminar.

Dr. Gursharan Singh Kainth, the Director of the institute, introduced the theme of the seminar,“Management of Natural Resources & Environment in India”, and endorsed the need . . . → Read More: Managing Natural Resources in India: Recommendations from GADIDS, Amritsar

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Food, Fuel, or Forests? Charting a Responsible U.S. Role in Global Palm Oil Expansion

Palm oil has overtaken soybean and canola as the world’s largest source of vegetable oils. Over the next decade, global demand for vegetable oils and biofuels are expected to rise between 50% and 40% respectively. However, palm oil expansion has been linked to significant increases in tropical deforestation, social conflict, and emissions of greenhouse gases that result from the clearing and draining of tropical forests and peatlands. While the majority of plantations are currently in Southeast Asia, the palm oil industry is aggressively branching out into Latin America and Africa.

It is estimated that up 50% . . . → Read More: Food, Fuel, or Forests? Charting a Responsible U.S. Role in Global Palm Oil Expansion

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Conserving Biodiversity to Ensure Food Security: An NGO Experience

ThinktoSustain.com presents experiences shared by Peermade Development Society (PDS) on their efforts to conserve ‘Ambakkadan’ variety of Cassava through Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) and hereby providing means to ensure household food security for locals in Idukki district of Kerala, India.

By T. J. James, Peermade Development Society (PDS), Kerala

Women and children are the worst affected section in the society during food shortage and poverty. Normally, in Indian households, the available food is first shared among the male counterparts, women are given last priority. Though women are interested in cultivating food-crops, especially local . . . → Read More: Conserving Biodiversity to Ensure Food Security: An NGO Experience

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Climate Resilience Plans of Bangladesh, Niger and Tajikistan Get $ 270 Million Boost

Washington, D.C. – In a history-making move this week,Bangladesh, Niger and Tajikistan were awarded a total of $ 270 million for first-of-a-kind country-wide plans for resilience against climate impacts. Coming just weeks before the UN climate conference in Cancun, this financing is among the largest funding ever granted to countries for national-level adaptation to climate impacts.

The funding will allow the countries to implement transformative solutions to ensure greater climate resilience and help sustain and strengthen their economies. The countries’ Strategic Programs for Climate Resilience will cover a range of actions including shoring up diminishing coastlines, . . . → Read More: Climate Resilience Plans of Bangladesh, Niger and Tajikistan Get $ 270 Million Boost

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