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Harnessing Variable Renewables: A Guide to the Balancing Challenge: Book Review

The new IEA book analyzes eight case studies of eight different geographic regions across the world with sharply different power attributes and shows that greater technical potential for balancing renewables exists than is commonly assumed.

Title: Harnessing Variable Renewables: A Guide to the Balancing Challenge

ISBN: 978-92-64-11138-7 Author: IEA Secretariat Publisher: The Online Bookshop, IEA (2011) Language: English 200 Pages (Paperback)

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New Maps Give Europeans Close-Ups of Air Pollution

New online maps published May 26 by the European Commission (EC) and the European Environment Agency (EEA), in close cooperation with the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), allow citizens to pinpoint the main diffuse sources of air pollution, such as transport and aviation.

The new set of 32 maps shows where certain pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter are released. It complements existing data on emissions from individual industrial plants from the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR).

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World Environment Day 2011: Forest Issues and Challenges in India

India: Forests and Economy

A growing population, rising disposable income levels and the availability of a wide range of products and services – are all precursors to a society ready to enter into a ‘consumption mania’.It would not be completely wrong to say that India is currently going through the very same transition witnessed by developed countries in the past. The liberalization of Indian economy which began in 1992 had fueled growth in all major sectors and India emerged as a hot-spot destination for foreign investment. A strong economy backed by a growth rate of . . . → Read More: World Environment Day 2011: Forest Issues and Challenges in India

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Guarani Tribe: Tension Mounts as Brazilian Indians Retake Land

A community of Guarani Indians in Brazil has retaken part of its ancestral land in an act of desperation, having lived by the side of a highway for a year and a half. The Guarani marched back to their land last week, unwilling further to endure the appalling living conditions they have been subject to on the roadside.

The Indians of Laranjeira Nanderu community had their lands stolen from them in the 1960s, to make way for cattle ranches. They returned to their land in 2008, but were evicted again in September 2009 – soon after, . . . → Read More: Guarani Tribe: Tension Mounts as Brazilian Indians Retake Land

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IUCN to Prepare Red List of Ecosystems

International experts gathered at the Smithsonian Institution for a meeting organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) to discuss the development of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, tailored after theIUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Examples from Australia, South Africa, the United States and Venezuela of how ecosystems could be listed were discussed and the proposed criteria refined. How to make sure the Ecosystems Red List is compatible with the Red List of Threatened Species was a key focus of the discussion.

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Corporate Sustainability Report Released by Kohls Department Stores for the First Time

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin – Kohl’s Department Stores(NYSE: KSS) released the company’s first Annual Corporate Sustainability Report on May 24. As Kohl’s continues to implement strategies that deliver on its mission of being a leading environmentally responsible retailer, this report outlines key strategies, important benchmarks and encourages ongoing progress and innovation across the company’s sustainability initiatives.

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Green Dialogues: With Prof. Ioannis Ioannou and Prof. George Serafeim

Companies reporting on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives would lead to broad improvement in their socially responsible management practices, according to a new academic research titled “The Consequences of Mandatory Corporate Sustainability Reporting”.

ThinktoSustain.com interacts with the authors of the report – Prof. Ioannis Ioannou from London Business School and Prof. George Serafeim from Harvard Business School – to know about the study’s findings.

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Post-Earthquake Climate Policy in Japan

This is a proposal on policy transformation and issuance of low carbon recovery bonds by Prof. Jusen Asuka, Director of Climate Policy Group at Institute of Global Environmental Strategy (IGES), Japan, and a Professor at the Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, Japan.

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CDM Carbon Sink Tree Plantations: Insights into Sustainability Issues

In an interview with ThinktoSustain.com, Dr. Blessing J. Karumbidza and Mr. Wally Menne – who recently conducted a study on a CDM tree plantation by a Norwegian company in Tanzania – discuss the sustainability and viability issues of such tree plantations being used as carbon emission offset projects under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, and their impact on local communities and rural economies.

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CDM Carbon Sink Tree Plantations: A Case Study in Tanzania

This study by Timberwatch, authored by Blessing J. Karumbidza and Wally Menne, documents the tree plantation project at Idete in the Mufindi district of Iringa province in southern Tanzania, and concludes that in an African context, such monoculture tree plantation model is non-sustainable from many points of view, even with market-based mechanisms such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification in place.

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