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Climate Change and Deforestation Engaging in Vicious Cycle of Destruction

deforestation climate change amazon forest rain precipitation logging biofuel palm oil plantation copenhagen temperatureMost of you know by now that deforestation, and the emissions that cleared forestlands add to the atmosphere, exacerbates climate change. But it may come as a surprise to learn that the opposite is true. New scientific findings suggest that climate change is threatening remaining forests more dramatically than previously suspected.

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Michelle Obama Organic Garden Supporters to Pesticide Lobby: “Bug Off”

Posted in Food & Agriculture, Lifestyle, Organics, Sustainability by ebalkan on April 16, 2009

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Are you worried that an organic garden on the White House grounds might cause some Americans to start eating a wide variety of chemical-free, locally grown produce? The Mid America CropLife Association, a lobbying group for agribusinesses giants, is.

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Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Shaping Financing to Prevent Deforestation

trees forest land use palm oil biofuel deforestation conservation emissions ghg carbon credit market finance investmentThe Waxman-Markey bill signals Washington’s intentions to pony up to fund deforestation prevention as part of overall climate legislation. But will climate scientists, C-15 negotiators, developing countries and environmental groups agree on an international forest protection program that everyone, including the trees, can live with?

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Westward Ho! Hong Kong Tycoon Invests in Africa-based Biofuels

Posted in Biofuels, Business & Finance, Food & Agriculture by ebalkan on April 12, 2009

Hong Kong magnate Stanley Ho is at it again. Not formulating a “Ho Plan” for Hong Kong energy security that centers around wind power, as the growing similarities between him and T. Boone Pickens might suggest. Stanley Ho’s investment du jour, while on par with his recently established eco-trend, will not be in Asia. Rather, the biofuel play will be located off of the Western coast of Africa.

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Grassroots Environmental Activism, with Chinese Characteristics

Posted in Art & Cinema, Community, Organizations by ebalkan on April 12, 2009

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In a somewhat rare state-sponsored rally, over 8,000 students gathered in Beijing’s Olympic Park last Saturday to show their commitment to environmental protection. The event launched the newest phase of the “Green Long March,” an ongoing effort to bring youth together and initiate a grassroots-esque environmental conservation movement nationwide.

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Breathing Easier: Beijing Extends Car Restrictions for Another Year

Posted in Automobiles, Transportation, Urban Planning by ebalkan on April 9, 2009

Beijing authorities have announced that driving restrictions will be extended another year, as part of the city’s overall strategy to reduce airborne pollution and traffic congestion, according to reports from China’s state-run media. The plan hopes to take 930,000, or roughly 20%, of Beijing’s over 3.6 million vehicles off the road each weekday.

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Clinton Climate Initiative to Pay $20m for Empire State Building Efficiency Retrofit

Posted in Energy, Green Building & Construction, Organizations by ebalkan on April 7, 2009

empire state building green light night city new york lights dark blue sky photoFormer President Bill Clinton and Mayor Bloomberg appeared at a press conference on the Empire State Building’s 80th floor today to announce a cooperative initiative between the Clinton Climate Initiative and other partners to help green New York’s 78-year old signature building.

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Talk of Carbon Tariff Flatly Rejected by China, Prompts ‘Protectionist’ Charges

Posted in Climate change, Environmental Policies, International Agreements by ebalkan on April 5, 2009

made usa china competition protectionism trade policy steel politics country of originOne day after China’s top climate official, Li Gao, requested that his country’s export sector be exempt from greenhouse gas emissions reductions, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the possibility of levying a carbon tariff on countries that do not match US greenhouse gas emissions restrictions.

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Newly Released House Energy and Climate Legislation Contains More Aggressive Measures than Obama Plan

Posted in Environmental Policies, Politics, Renewable Energy by ebalkan on April 5, 2009

waxmanSenior US Representatives Henry Waxman (D-Calif) and Ed Markey (D-Mass) released draft cap-and-trade legislation on Tuesday that would reshape US energy and climate policy through drastic cuts in emissions in the next 20 years and significant increases in renewables by 2025.

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China Solar Subsidies Address Economic, not Environmental, Problems [Updated]

Posted in Business & Finance, Environmental Policies, Renewable Energy by ebalkan on April 1, 2009

solar_panel_sun_6201Last week’s news of a sizable and unprecedented subsidy for solar installations in China generated noteworthy commotion in the market, as Chinese solar companies’ share price soared as investors’ rush to snatch up solar stocks, followed by confusion over the terms of the subsidies, disenchantment at the likelihood of eligibility restrictions, and finally malaise as analysts concluded, having clarified the arcane wording of the measure and considered the time lag likely involved, that it was not the golden ticket for which they had hoped.

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AUTO ZONE (Part II): China Aims for 10 Million New Cars in 2009, Pledges $1.5 Billion to EVs

Posted in Automobiles, Transportation by ebalkan on April 1, 2009

XWX101_AUTOAUTO ZONE looks at China’s evolving relationship with automobiles, the race to develop cheaper & better electric vehicles, and new initiatives to get cars off China’s streets.

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Chinese Government Site, Environmental Ministry Fall Victim to April Fool’s Day Prankster

Posted in News & Media by ebalkan on April 1, 2009

rapeseedA slight departure from NEEDigest’s normal topics, this article offers a undoubtedly original, and very entertaining, policy approach China has come up with for fighting global warming.

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China’s Emissions Trading Plan Puts Weight on Countries’ Cumulative GHG

Posted in Climate change, Environmental Policies, International Agreements, Politics by ebalkan on March 30, 2009

chinaearthChina appears to be backing out of global efforts to address climate change, intensifying pre-Copenhagen debate.

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AUTO ZONE (Part I): From Kingdom of Bicycles To World’s #2 Car Market

Posted in Automobiles, Oil & Gas, Transportation by ebalkan on March 26, 2009

APTOPIX China Daily LifeAUTO ZONE looks at China’s evolving relationship with automobiles, the race to develop cheaper & better electric vehicles, and new initiatives to get cars off China’s streets.

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White House to Plant Organic Vegetable Garden

Posted in Food & Agriculture, Lifestyle, Organics, Sustainability by ebalkan on March 24, 2009

white house organic garden lawn planted rows of vegetable green leafy plants Washington DC president front columns Pennsylvania avenue photoABC news’ Brian Hartman has reported what many have been wishfully waiting to hear for months: the Obamas will soon plant an organic vegetable garden on the White House South grounds. (more…)