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REDD+: A win-win for climate and biodiversity

Wildlifewatch Editorial | December 3, 2010
REDD+: A win-win for climate and biodiversity
The rate of extinctions among nearly 2500 of the world's most biologically unique forest species of amphibians, birds and mammals could be dramatically reduced – from 46-80 percent over a period of five years – with adequate financing to support reductions of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. That finding represents one of several encouraging estimates reported by scientists at Conservation International (CI) in a new scientific paper designed to support efforts during the 16th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico.
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Multi billion dollar benefits of global switch to energy-efficient lighting

Wildlifewatch Editorial | December 3, 2010
Multi billion dollar benefits of global switch to energy-efficient lighting
Indonesia could save $1 billion a year and cut its greenhouse gas emissions by eight million tonnes of CO2 annually - the equivalent of taking two million cars off the road a year - by switching to energy-saving bulbs . South Africa might save US$280 million a year and remove emissions equal to 625,000 cars annually by following a similar path, say findings released, Wednesday, at the climate convention meeting by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
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Butterflies or business - EEA says Europe can have both

Wildlifewatch Editorial | December 3, 2010
Butterflies or business - EEA says Europe can have both
The European Environment Agency (EEA) released on Monday its fourth Environment State and Outlook report (SOER2010), a comprehensive assessment of how and why Europe's environment is changing, and what we are doing about it. SOER 2010 concludes that a fully integrated approach to transforming Europe to a resource-efficient green economy can not only result in a healthy environment, but also boost prosperity and social cohesion.
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Acidification may push already over-stressed oceans into the red

Wildlifewatch Editorial | December 3, 2010
The future impact of rising emissions on the health of seas and oceans may be far more wide-ranging and complex than was previously supposed, a new report released at the UN climate convention meeting in Mexico says. The study, titled the Environmental Consequences of Ocean Acidification, has brought together some of the latest scientific research on 'ocean acidification', a process triggered by increasing concentrations of dissolved C02 which is changing the sea's chemistry by lowering the pH of the marine environment.
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New science allows addressing peatland emissions in UNFCCC

Wildlifewatch Editorial | December 3, 2010
New science allows addressing peatland emissions in UNFCCC
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), science now allows to estimate greenhouse gas emissions from wetlands. This breakthrough was presented Monday by the IPCC at the UN climate conference (UNFCCC) in Cancun (Mexico). This conclusion is crucial for allowing countries to reduce their emissions through rewetting drained wetlands. A decision on that will possibly be taken in Cancun.
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Strengthening conservation of the “crown jewels of the ocean”

Wildlifewatch Editorial | December 3, 2010
Strengthening conservation of the “crown jewels of the ocean”
Faced with the growing threat of industrialization of the oceans and the persistent rush for marine resources, managers from the 43 marine sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List will meet from December 1 to 3 in Honolulu, Hawaii to explore ways of strengthening conservation of these "crown jewels of the ocean". This first ever meeting of marine World Heritage managers will chart the way for a stronger community of site managers who collectively can play a bigger role in tackling the challenges of ocean conservation around the globe.
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New WWF file format will help save trees

Wildlifewatch Editorial | December 3, 2010
New WWF file format will help save trees
WWF has introduced a new file format to discourage unnecessary printing and help preserve the world’s forests. “Save as WWF, save a tree” is a plug-in enables documents to be disseminated as pdf files that cannot be printed. The format, launched earlier this week by WWF Germany, advertising agency Jung von Matt and Dederichs Reinecke &Partner, is currently available from www.saveaswwf.com for recent Mac operating systems, with a Windows version following soon.
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