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Efforts to Curb Destructive Palm Oil Plantations Brings Together Strange Bedfellows – November 20, 2014

Will corporations and activists join forces to end deforestation in Indonesia?

September brought good news for the world’s forests with the unveiling of the New York Declaration on Forests at the UN Climate Summit. The Declaration, which pledges to end global deforestation by 2030, was signed by 130 governments, including the US, Germany, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Perhaps most significantly, it was also backed by commitments from 40 major food corporations to eliminate palm oil grown on deforested land from their supply chains.

Deforestation in IndonesiaPhoto by Rainforest Action Network An estimated 80 percent of forest destruction in Indonesia between 2000 and 2012 was illegal. Palm… more

by: Richard Schiffman

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Let’s Have a Marshall Plan for Clean Energy in the Caribbean – July 15, 2014

The vulnerable islands are a perfect laboratory to test out renewable energy solutions to our climate crisis

In June, Lefties Food Stall, a pint sized eatery serving Barbados’s signature flying-fish sandwiches, became the first snack shack on the island to be fitted with a solar panel. The nearby public shower facility sports a panel as well. So does the bus shelter across the street and the local police station and scores of gaily-colored houses on the coastal road leading into the capital, Bridgetown.

barbadosphoto by Domenic Scaturchio, on FlickrLast month Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart pledged that the island nation would produce 29 percent of its energy from renewables by the end of the next… more

by: Richard Schiffman

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Carbon Capture Technologies that Could Help Fight Climate Change – January 29, 2013

Evolving technology could make cleaning the air more profitable than fouling it, says Columbia University economist

In the wake of the hottest and driest summer in memory throughout much of North America, and Super-storm Sandy that flooded cities and ravaged large swaths of the Mid-Atlantic coast, many now recognize that the climate change isn’t just real, but that it is already at our doorstep.

smokestaack Photo by Kim Seng There are technologies now being developed which could cut the rate of increase of greenhouse
gases, even potentially return Earth’s atmosphere to preindustrial levels.

As this realization continues to sink in, the political will may ripen to take more aggressive action to put a brake CO2 emissions. Already, President Obama,… more

by: Richard Schiffman

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