Articles Posted in the Conservation category

UN launches plan to save tropical forests

September 26, 2008
Posted in Conservation

The United Nations launched a programme this week to help nine developing countries – among them three African states, Zambia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo – to establish systems to monitor, assess and report their forest cover. The programme could lay the foundation for a system whereby poor countries could earn tradable carbon credits for protecting their forests. Indonesia, for example, has the potential to be compensated $1-billion a year for reducing its rate of deforestation, the UN estimates.

Deforestation accounts for 20 percent of global carbon emissions, say scientists. If the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Programme, or UN-REDD, were to be incorporated into a post-Kyoto climate deal it would be a way rich countries would pay poor ones to slow climate change. Other countries in the programme are Bolivia, Indonesia, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay and Viet Nam.

Sources: Reuters, UNEP

UN headquarters cuts back on air con

August 4, 2008
Posted in Green News

UN headquarters. By Padraic Ryan Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0

Temperatures at the United Nations headquarters in New York will be raised this month, by three degrees – from 22C to 25C – as part of a plan to drastically cut air conditioning use. And air con will be switched off in the 39-storey building on weekends, reports AFP. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon thoughtfully has relaxed the dress codes so people can wear light clothing instead of suits to work. The idea is to save on energy costs and help prevent climate change. If all goes well in the warmer building, the “Cool UN” initiative could be extended for a full year, AFP reports. In winter the thermostat will be lowered. This could save the UN a million dollars and cut the building’s emissions by 2,800 tonnes, the report says.

Photograph of UN headquarters. By Padraic Ryan, Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0

Via :: TerraDaily