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Stop Tropical Forest Loss or Paris Accord Impossible (Report Attached)
Wildlife Conservation Society
Date: 2020-02-26
The Washington, DC-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) recently published a study in the journal Science Advances suggesting intact tropical forest loss from 2000 to 2013 will result in over 626 pct more long-term carbon emissions through 2050 than previously thought. The researchers arrived at this upward revision by adding up emissions that would have been removed from the air if tropical forest remained intact, from selective logging, defaunation, and carbon stock degradation at forest edges that had been overlooked in previous studies.

Study co-author Tom Evans said that forest conservation was recognized as critical for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement (COP15). However, despite that initial commitment, he noted that not enough attention has been given since to protection of intact forests for climate change mitigation.

Dense intact tropical forests serve as vital carbon sinks, removing CO2 from the atmosphere as their carbon-hungry plants and trees continue to put on growth. And they serve an out-sized role in sequestration -- while the WCS study found only 20 pct of the world's tropical forests can be considered "intact", these forests store 40 pct of above-ground carbon found in tropical forests. A 2011 study observed that intact tropical forests remove an estimated 1 billion metric tpy of CO2 from the atmosphere.

Access the Wildlife Conservation Society study HERE. (Source: Wildlife Conservation Society, The Rising, 22 Feb., 2020)Contact: Wildlife Conservation Society, (718) 220-5100 www.wcs.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP15,  Carbon Sink,  Climate Change,  Deforestation,  Carbon Emissions,  


Paris Accord According to Mike Pompeo (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Paris Accord
Date: 2019-04-03
"(The) Paris climate agreement that more than 170 countries have committed to has failed to change a thing when it comes to global emissions.

"Go look at the countries that are still in the Paris Agreement and see what their CO2 emissions were. It's one thing to sign a document; it's another thing to actually change your behavior." -- Mike Pompeo, US. Secretary of State , 1 April, 2019

Editor's Note: It would seem the Trump Administration and Sec. Pompeo are expecting an immediate, if not overnight turn around and even a reversal of the earth's climate change fortunes in the short time since the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Paris Accord,  Climate Change,  


COP24 Approves Rulebook to Govern COP15 Paris Accord (Int'l)
COP15,COP24
Date: 2018-12-17
The AP is reporting the delegates of from nearly 200 countries -- including the US despite Trump's disagreement -- meeting at the COP24 meeting last week in Katowice, Poland, have agreed on guidelines to govern the 2015 (COP15) Paris Climate Agreement.

The newly adopted Paris Accord Work Programme outlines the ways in which countries are required to count and report their greenhouse gas emissions as well as what they are doing to reduce emissions.

The deal, struck after an all-night bargaining session, will ultimately require every country in the world to follow a uniform set of standards for measuring their planet-warming emissions and tracking their climate policies. And it calls on countries to step up their plans to cut emissions ahead of another round of talks in 2020. It also calls on richer countries to be clearer about the aid they intend to offer to help poorer nations install more clean energy or build resilience against natural disasters. And it builds a process in which countries that are struggling to meet their emissions goals can get help in getting back on track.

A further agreement to pledge more aggressive action to fight global warming and to the market for international carbon emissions trading was postponed until a U.N. summit in New York in September, 2019) (Source: Weather Channel, Environmental Defense Council, UPI, NYT, Various Media, 15 Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  COP15,  COP24,  


Alliant Energy Plans 80 pct Emissions Cut by 2050 (Ind Report)
Alliant Energy
Date: 2018-08-03
Madison, Wisconsin-headquartered Alliant Energy's just released its Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) reports the utility aims to cut carbon emissions 80 pct and eliminate all existing coal from its energy mix by 2050. The company also plans to invest over $2 billion on new renewables and double its wind sites from six to 12. With a combination of new construction and additional purchase agreements, the company's energy portfolio will have more than 2,700 MW of wind power by 2021. Renewables will be over 30 pct of Alliant Energy's energy mix by 2030.

These actions will enable Alliant Energy to exceed carbon reduction goals pledged originally by the U.S. under the voluntary Paris Accord. which calls for cutting carbon 32 pct below 2005 levels by 2030, Alliant Energy's plans enable a 40 percent reduction by that time. (Source: Alliant Energy Corporation, PR, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Alliant Energy Corp., www.alliantenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


NJ Plans Climate Alliance, Renewed RGGI Membership (Ind. Report)
U.S. Climate Alliance,Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2018-01-12
The NJ Spotlight is reporting legislation (S-3317) is pending passage in the Garden State legislature that, if passed, would see New Jersy join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a multi-state initiative to curb carbon pollution in the wake of the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord.

The Alliance is committed to working cooperatively with 13 other states to achieve the aims of the Paris Climate Accord and to strengthen existing climate programs, promote the sharing of information, and implement new programs to curb GHG emissions from all sectors of the economy.

New Jersey was a founding member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), but withdrew from RGGI in 2012 during the reign of presidential hopeful Gov. Chris Chritie (R) who, in typical Trump terminology, called the program "gimmicky" and a "failure." The state is now expected to rejoin RGGI. (Source: NJ Spotlight, Others, Jan., 2018) Contact: U.S. Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Climate Alliance,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Chris Christie,  RGGI,  


The Complete Guide to the World's Largest Carbon Market -- China -- Report Attached (Int'l)

Date: 2017-12-20
"In the lead up to the 2015 Paris climate summit, premier Xi Jinping announced China would launch a carbon market in two years. Today (Dec. 19), Xi delivered on his promise, opening up what will become the world's largest carbon market. If wielded wisely, it could help the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases hit the goals set under the Paris accord and avoid catastrophic climate change."

Access the report HERE. (Source: Quartz Media, 19 Dec., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  


Ecuador Ratifies Paris Accord (Int'l. Report)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-07-31
In a formal announcement last week, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said his country has ratified the Paris Accord on Climate Change and has officially joined virtually every nation on earth -- except the U.S. under the Trump administration -- seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the effects of global warming.

This coming Thursday and Friday, Ecuadorean lawmakers and others from more than 20 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean will meet in Panama for the second Summit of the Parliament Network on Climate Change (RPCC) and Renewable Energies. The event was organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino), headquartered in Panama city, to discuss measures to fulfill the commitments agreed under the Paris Accord. The Global Environment Facility, the United Nations Environment Program, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the International Union for Conservation of Nature are among the organizations expected to attend. (Source: Various Media, telesur, 29 July, 2017)

Editor's note: While Ecuador, with a population of 16.39 million and a gdp of $97.8 billion compared the US with 323.1 million and a gdp of $18.57 trillion, can apparently afford the Paris Accord Uncle Sam can't, according to Pres. Donald Trump, and had to drop out.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Accord,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Notable Quote

Date: 2017-07-26
"I was deeply concerned that other countries might have used it (Trump's US withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord) as an excuse to pull out of the Paris agreements. I was immensely gratified when, almost immediately after, the (entirety) of the world redoubled their commitment to the Paris Agreement almost as if they were saying, 'We'll show you, Donald Trump.'

"I really did think there was a chance (Trump) would come to his senses (and keep the U.S. in the Paris accord). But I was wrong about that." -- Al Gore, Climate Change and environmental activist, former US Vice President, Senator and Congressman , 24 July, 2017

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  

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