Cool Green Morning: Thursday, June 11

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Published on June 11th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

What’s REDD, you say? “Reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation,” of course. It’s a hot topic in climate change policy negotiations going on at Bonn this week. Read on for some news about the Conservancy’s stance on REDD, and all the Cool Green News that’s fit to print.

  1. A new REDD brief from The Nature Conservancy says forest carbon policy shouldn’t just focus on deforestation, but the practices that cause degradation, too. The Vine and Treehugger both cover the topic.
  2. What’s the big obstacle to Waxman-Markey now? Grist says it could be agriculture interests.
  3. James Hrynyshyn over at The Island of Doubt calculates that each person has 37 tons of carbon to “spend” for the rest of our lives. Considering that the average American is responsible for approximately 20 tons a year, he asks: How will you spend your allotment?
  4. Are biofuels the best way to reduce emissions from the aviation industry? David Biello at Yale Environment 360 considers whether we can even produce enough biofuels, and the carbon impact of more agriculture to produce them. 
  5. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged three big companies for making false claims about the biodegradability of their products. Could ‘green lawsuits’ be the next trend in sustainability?
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