Learn about The Nature Conservancy’s work at the United Nations climate change talks in Warsaw, Poland, this month, including initiatives to slow carbon pollution and deforestation, and to help communities become resilient to rapid climate change.
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Coming during the first week of global climate talks in Warsaw, two promising news announcements from Chile and California, bolstered work to build climate policies that recognize the important role of forests in storing carbon.
The Ellis family’s summer adventure in Mexico continues with a promised visit to a real rainforest, to see their scientist dad at work. But, before the swashbuckling adventure, it turns out scientists do a lot of meeting and talking, too – about how people will actually “add” carbon to their forests and farms.
What does their dad do when he flies to Indonesia, Brazil or Mexico for work? The Ellis kids are about to find out! Follow along as they follow their father, Peter Ellis, a forest carbon scientist for The Nature Conservancy, to Mexico for the summer. Planet Change will track the Ellis family’s adventures — starting today, as mom Jes Ellis gets ready for the trip.
The Nature Conservancy has published a new report on sharing the benefits of forest conservation with local communities. Check out today’s post to read the report, or to register to attend Friday’s Washington, D.C. forum where its findings will be discussed.
The Nature Conservancy is hosting Nov. 5 and Nov. 9 Washington, D.C. forums on strategies for reducing forest emissions while benefiting people who live in the world’s forests. Read today’s post to learn more and register to attend or watch via webcast.
As the Kyoto Protocol winds down without a strong replacement, countries are implementing their own strategies to fight climate change.
REDD+ is a critical piece of the climate-change puzzle, and this forest solution also has the potential to be transformative in benefiting communities, ecosystems, and biodiversity.
How did the United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa, leave work on the details of global climate policy, such as adaptation, reducing deforestation and climate finance? Read updates on promising decisions, and some that will require much more work, from the Conservancy’s climate policy experts.
A mountain stream’s gurgling and the soft voice of Kao Sisompou, a village forester from Lao People’s Democratic Republic, reverberated off the 300-year-old stone walls of the San Jose ruins. I was seated in the middle of a long nave in what had once been a majestic Spanish church in Antigua, Guatemala, and I reflected on the juxtaposition of setting and the speech’s subject. In a church that had been saved from destruction, I was party to a discussion of the world’s disappearing forests, which are in bad need of rescue.
The annual United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) Climate Change Conference, COP17 for short, is taking place this week (Nov 28) and next (week of Dec 5) in Durban, South Africa. Check out the official COP17 web site here: http://www.cop17-cmp7durban.com/ The Nature Conservancy is at COP17 to demonstrate how natural solutions can help fight […]
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA — After negotiations that lasted into overtime by an extra day and night, governments from 194 countries meeting at the UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa have agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol to reduce carbon emissions. They also established a pathway that should lead to a more ambitious global framework for reducing emissions, and have opened the Green Climate Fund to assist developing countries’ efforts to address climate change.
“These agreements are important steps forward for global cooperation, yet it is clear that the outcomes in Durban fall well short of meeting the urgency of the climate challenge,” said Duncan Marsh, international climate policy director at The Nature Conservancy.
The closing hour for the COP 17 climate change summit has come and gone, but the parties have agreed to keep negotiating on Saturday morning (that’s around 2 am Eastern Standard Time in the U.S.) Media reports were somewhat encouraging Thursday in that the U.S. and some other nations appeared to be signaling increased flexibility […]
When I grow up, I want to be Jane Goodall.
Dr. Goodall’s time spent in the forests of Africa mean that she not only understands the intrinsic value and beauty of the forests themselves, she also deeply understands the interconnection of people and forests.
Yesterday, while addressing a crowd of hundreds at the Avoided Deforestation Partners event in COP-17 in Durban, she laid it out quite simply, as she recounted her return to Lake Tanganyika where poverty has fueled the deforestation that destroyed the once lush forests that surrounded the lake: “we can’t save the forests if we can’t save the people.”
As governments gather in Durban, South Africa this week for the annual U.N. climate negotiations – which run through December 9 – they will face the essential business of advancing the Cancun Agreements of last December.
Cancun reached some important breakthroughs on climate finance, technology, adaptation, and protecting forests, but left many of the finer details to be worked out. This has all been happening throughout the past year, and is indeed important work, even if it does not yet reflect the ambition needed to keep our global temperature from increasing beyond 2 degrees Celsius – a dangerous threshold for climate impacts.
In the short video at the top of this post, I provide a brief introduction to REDD+. Pay attention because there’s a quiz at the end! So tune in, and test your knowledge of this complex, but exciting, new idea. And, leave a comment on what you thought about the video below.
The Nature Conservancy, is involved in a very exciting agreement between the Indonesian and U.S. governments and WWF to inject significant additional investments into forest conservation efforts on the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo.