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Sustainability Metrics for Energy and Water Reductions

Charlottesville, Virginia – GE Intelligent Platforms on January 26 announced the availability of a new software solution aimed at helping producers achieve more environmentally sustainable operations. Going beyond utility billings, or facility-level meters, Proficy® for Sustainability Metrics offers a starting point for measuring and analyzing energy and water consumption at the area, process or machine level within a facility. The solution makes utility consumption data actionable by exposing it to those in a position to manage it day-by-day in a facility.

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Embracing Complexity in International Forest Governance: A Way Forward

This Policy Brief is based on the report “Embracing Complexity: Meeting the Challenges of International Forest Governance” – a Global Assessment Report published as IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) World Series Volume 28, to be formally presented as part of the launch of International Year of Forests at the 9th Session of United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) taking place January 31, 2011, at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

This Policy Brief was compiled by the editors of the assessment report with the help of an advisory team. It summarizes the findings . . . → Read More: Embracing Complexity in International Forest Governance: A Way Forward

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Higher Rice Production a Phone Call Away for Filipino Farmers

Rice farmers in the Philippines can now get advice via their mobile phones on the optimal timing, amount, and type of fertilizer to apply to their rice crop to maximize production and profit, and reduce waste.

Nutrient Manager for Rice Mobile (NMRiceMobile) was launched today by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Department of Agriculture (DA)through its Agricultural Training Institute in Quezon City, Philippines.

Fertilizers are the second-largest cost for rice farmers after labor. In Asia, where 90% of the world’s rice is produced and consumed, rice receives about one-third of all . . . → Read More: Higher Rice Production a Phone Call Away for Filipino Farmers

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China to Improve Environmental Infrastructure in Small Towns through World Bank Funds

Beijing – On January 20, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a loan of $ 100 million to the People’s Republic of China to improve urban environmental infrastructure services in selected small towns in the Qiantang River Basin in Zhejiang Province through investments in the water supply, wastewater and solid waste sectors.

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Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: World Bank and South Korea Team Up

Washington – Recognizing the increasing disaster risks due to climate change and rapid urban development, the World Bank and Korea’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on January 21 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation, and facilitate international partnership for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

The Asia Pacific region is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of natural disasters. In East Asia and Pacific alone, over the past two decades, floods, typhoons and earthquakes have affected two million people, killing nearly 90,000 and causing damages of more than US $ 151 billion.

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Biodiversity Watch: Bats as Invaluable Allies to Ecosystems

More than 1,200 species of bats comprise nearly a quarter of all mammals, and their ecological services are essential to human economies and the health of whole ecosystems worldwide. This article by Dr. Merlin D. Tuttle, Honorary Ambassador for the Year of the Bat Campaign, published on January 20, 2011, looks at these ecosystem services that bats provide us.

Were you aware that bats are key pollinators in many parts of the world? Pollination is a vital ecosystem service without which many of our key industries such as agriculture and pharmaceuticals would collapse or incur heavy . . . → Read More: Biodiversity Watch: Bats as Invaluable Allies to Ecosystems

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Current Climate Change Information Insufficient, Say World's Financial Institutions

Frankfurt / Geneva / Nairobi – The availability of and access to climate change information remains insufficient, according to many of the world’s leading financial institutions. A pioneering study launched today confirms the increasing financial relevance of climate change and the fact that insurers and lenders need better information regarding the physical and economic impacts of the world’s changing weather patterns.

The report, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, presents the results of an international survey undertaken by the Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative . . . → Read More: Current Climate Change Information Insufficient, Say World's Financial Institutions

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Smart Energy India 2011 Conference and Exhibition

Event Date: January 31 – February 2, 2011 Location: The Lalit New Delhi, India Organized By: Spintelligent

Enabling India to implement the Smart Grid and embrace renewable energy is at the top of the agenda at the upcoming Smart Energy India Conference and Exhibition which takes place in New Delhi from January 31 to February 2, 2011.

Smart Energy India 2011 Conference & Exhibition has been designed to equip utilities and government with the knowledge and tools to realize the benefits of the smart grid vision, and to put them in touch with the . . . → Read More: Smart Energy India 2011 Conference and Exhibition

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Global Pacts Like REDD Ignore Primary Causes of Destruction of Forests

New York – A new study issued today by some of the world’s top experts on forest governance finds fault with a spate of international accords, and helps explain their failure to stop rampant destruction of the world’s most vulnerable forests. The report suggests that global efforts have too often ignored local needs, while failing to address the most fundamental challenge to global forest management – that deforestation usually is caused by economic pressures imposed from outside the forests.

“Our findings suggest that disregarding the impact on forests of sectors such as agriculture and energy will . . . → Read More: Global Pacts Like REDD Ignore Primary Causes of Destruction of Forests

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EU Moves to Ban Fake Carbon Credits

A European Commission proposal to ban the use of HFC-23 and N2O credits in Phase III of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) – which runs from 2013-20 – was approved today (Friday, January 21) by the Climate Change Committee. However, instead of coming into force from January 1, 2013, as proposed by the Commission, the prohibition will be delayed until May 2013 after the original deadline was strongly resisted by a small number of powerful industry players who have persuaded some governments, including Italy and Spain, of the need to stall the ban.

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