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Dec 5, 2012

Indonesia approves landmark forest protection project

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Indonesia on Wednesday approved a rainforest conservation project that sets aside an area roughly the size of Singapore and rewards investors with tradable carbon credits in the first of its kind to win formal backing in the country.

Four years in the making, the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve will protect nearly 80,000 hectares (200,000 acres), much of it carbon-rich peat swamp forest at risk of being felled for palm oil plantations.

Dec 2, 2012

India, China power CO2 emissions growth in 2012 – study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Carbon dioxide emissions from industry rose an estimated 2.6 percent in a weak global economy this year, a study released on Monday showed, powered by rapid emissions growth in China and India, which may add urgency to U.N. climate talks in Doha.

The study by the Global Carbon Project, an annual report card on mankind’s CO2 pollution, also says emissions grew 3.1 percent in 2011, placing the world on a near-certain path towards dangerous climate change, such as more heat waves, droughts and storms.

Dec 2, 2012

Despite weak economy, CO2 emissions to grow 2.6 percent in 2012: study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Carbon dioxide emissions from industry rose an estimated 2.6 percent in a weak global economy this year, a study released on Monday showed, powered by rapid emissions growth in China and India, which may add urgency to U.N. climate talks in Doha.

The study by the Global Carbon Project, an annual report card on mankind’s CO2 pollution, also says emissions grew 3.1 percent in 2011, placing the world on a near-certain path towards dangerous climate change, such as more heat waves, droughts and storms.

Nov 29, 2012

China at the centre of global illegal timber trade, NGO says

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – China’s insatiable appetite for timber is driving a growing illegal trade that is stripping forests in Africa and Asia and fuelling conflict, underscoring the urgency for Beijing to enact laws to crack down, an environment group said on Thursday.

China is the world’s top importer of illegal timber, with the trade worth about $4 billion a year, said the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

Nov 28, 2012

As nations haggle, global carbon cut targets get impossibly deep

Nov 28 (Reuters) – As the nations of the world struggle in
Doha to agree even modest targets to tackle global warming, the
cuts needed in rising greenhouse gas emissions grow ever deeper,
more costly and less likely to be achieved.

U.N. talks have delivered only small emissions curbs in 20
years, even as power stations, cars and factories pump out more
and more heat-trapping gases.

Nov 20, 2012

Global investors call for action on serious climate danger

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A coalition of the world’s largest investors called on governments on Tuesday to ramp up action on climate change and boost clean-energy investment or risk trillions of dollars in investments and disruption to economies.

In an open letter, the alliance of institutional investors, responsible for managing $22.5 trillion in assets, said rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions and more extreme weather were increasing investment risks globally.

Nov 19, 2012

Australia passes illegal logging laws, joins EU, U.S.

CANBERRA/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Australia’s parliament on Monday passed laws to ban the import and trade of illegally logged timber, joining the United States and European Union in clamping down on a global trade in stolen timber that Interpol says is worth about $30 billion a year.

The laws, five years in the making, impose fines, jail and forfeiture of goods and oblige importers to carry out mandatory due diligence on timber and timber products sourced from overseas.

Oct 18, 2012

Indonesian firm in $1.3 billion palm plantation bid

SINGAPORE/JAKARTA (Reuters) – An Indonesian businessman is leading a bid to buy one of the country’s largest palm oil plantations in a deal worth up to $1.3 billion, documents detailing the transaction show.

If completed, the deal would be among the largest for the sector in Asia for several years.

Oct 1, 2012

Storms to starfish: Great Barrier Reef faces rapid coral loss: study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The world’s largest coral reef – under threat from Australia’s surging coal and gas shipments, climate change and a destructive starfish – is declining faster than ever and coral cover could fall to just 5 percent in the next decade, a study shows.

Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in the northeastern city of Townsville say Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral in little more than a generation. And the pace of damage has picked up since 2006.

Sep 28, 2012

Many nations lag in plan to slow extinctions by 2020-UN

OSLO/SINGAPORE, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Many nations need to do
more to slow extinctions of animals and plants under U.N.
targets for 2020 that would also save the world economy billions
of dollars a year, U.N. experts say.

Only a few countries — including France, Guatemala and
Britain — have so far adopted new national plans to tackle
threats such as pollution or climate change in line with a
sweeping pact agreed in Japan in 2010.

    • About David

      "I report on climate policy, climate science and the carbon market (CDM, emissions trading) in Asia. I'm based in Singapore. It's a great story in a fast-growing and fast-changing region. I've been writing about climate change since university in Canberra, where I did a life sciences degree, with a communications major on the side. I started writing science articles for newspapers and, soon after completing my studies, joined as a cadet on The Canberra Times. After a few years there, it was off to London and then Hong Kong."
      Joined Reuters:
      1994
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