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By Justin Adams (The Nature Conservancy), Medium, 23 April 2016

For those familiar with the complexities of climate change and the communication challenges it faces — the 1.5 number is not new in and of itself — scientists have long stressed the need to keep warming levels to ‘well-below’ 2°C. And as 130 countries sign the Paris Agreement — the world’s first fully comprehensive climate agreement which lays out a collective goal of keeping global warming to below 2°C, it also contains sentiment to pursue efforts to limit the temperature rise to 1.5°C.
Understanding the importance of this difference of 0.5 degrees requires a thesis in its own right, and many commentators are concerned with how we might get there.
Emerging consensus is leading to a growing focus on the need for ‘negative emissions’ technologies. In other words, how do we take CO2 out of the atmosphere once it’s been created. It can refer to a myriad of controversial and technically difficult technologies, and often mean the large scale deployment of carbon capture and storage technologies that bury CO2 deep underground.

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By Paul Cabaliero (World Bank), Huffington Post, 12 April 2016

Every day, the attention towards forest and trees seems to grow and make headlines around the world. Why?

First, there’s a sense of urgency that we must protect the world’s remaining standing forests so that people, animals and plants can continue to access basic resources to survive. From Pope Francis’s encyclical on “care for our common home” to E.O. Wilson’s recent call to preserve “half the earth, for the rest of life”, there is growing public awareness that conservation is critical.

Climate change, in particular, with its severe impacts on lives, yields and ecosystems, has helped focus people’s attention on the planet and its health. Mudslides, floods, water depletion, and soil erosion connected with deforestation are having impacts too dramatic to ignore.

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By Rod Harbinson,, 22 April 2016

Botum Sakor National Park lies along the southwestern coast of Cambodia below the Cardamom Mountains in Koh Kong Province. From Highway 48 its green expanse of lowland tropical forest can be seen rolling away into the distance, eventually bounded by mangroves and beaches on the coast.

Long recognized as rich in biodiversity, in 1993 an area of 171,250 hectares was established as a national park through royal decree. The most thorough inventory of Botum Sakor’s wildlife yet conducted was a four-year study completed in 2009 by conservation NGO Frontier Cambodia. It recorded 49 mammal species, including endangered dholes (Cuon alpinus), Asian elephants (Elephas maximus), and pileated gibbons (Hylobates pileatus). It also documented 69 reptile, 147 butterfly and 196 bird species, confirming it as a global biodiversity hotspot.

“The natural resources belong to the State and they are not for sale to private owners,” reads the sign at the entrance to the park. However, this appears to contrast starkly against realities on the ground where much of Botum Sakor has been sold off to large companies as Economic Land Concessions (ELCs).

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By Danielle Marie Mackey, The Intercept, 18 April 2016

GUSTAVO CASTRO was the sole witness to the murder on March 3 of Honduran activist Berta Cáceres, the co-founder of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Movements of Honduras (COPINH). Castro, the director of Otros Mundos, an environmental organization in Chiapas, Mexico, was also shot in the attack. After being barred from leaving Honduras, Castro was released on March 30 and has since settled in an undisclosed location. Last week he spoke by phone to The Intercept about the night of the murder and the reasons why environmental activism in Latin America is so dangerous.

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By Bernadette Christina Munthe and Fergus Jensen, Jakarta Globe, 22 April 2016

Palm oil firms have slammed Indonesia's move to prohibit the use of new land to boost production, saying President Joko Widodo's latest effort to tackle forest fires could slash jobs and cripple output in the world's top producer of the commodity.

Palm oil is a major growth driver for Indonesia, but the industry is facing criticism for deforestation and its slash-and-burn forest-clearing techniques that send vast plumes of smoke across Southeast Asia every year, described by climate officials as a "crime against humanity".

Joko has pledged to tackle these fires and last week said palm oil firms must raise yields of existing plantations instead of clearing forests to increase acreage and output. The land already given to growers could be more than twice as productive "provided they use the right seeds", he said.

While green groups welcomed the moratorium, palm firms have questioned its effectiveness and cautioned it could hurt Indonesia's top-producer position.

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UNDP, 21 April 2016

Expanding land rights for indigenous peoples can play a key role in protecting tropical forests and slowing global climate change and must be included in international efforts to do so, leading scientists, environmental researchers and celebrity advocates said today.

With evidence growing that protecting and restoring the immense forests of Africa, Asia and Latin America can provide desperately needed time to develop new technologies to replace fossil fuels - and that indigenous communities play a critical role in keeping those forests viable - the researchers and advocates called for the implementation of the historic climate change accords to be signed in New York tomorrow (April 22) to emphasize conserving forests and strengthening the land rights of the communities who live in them.

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Rights and Resources Initiative, 21 April 2016

In advance of the negotiations that resulted in the Paris Agreement, national governments were asked to submit Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the UN outlining their plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These INDCs provide an important tool for countries to hold one another accountable to meeting the Agreement’s ambitious goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

As world leaders sign the Paris Agreement on April 22, Earth Day, key considerations for Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IP/LCs) are notably absent from the final agreement. The country-specific INDCs also lack strong commitments to secure community land rights — despite the fact that these rights are critical to protecting and restoring forests.

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By Katie Valentie, Think Progress, 21 April 2016

Forests, it’s long been known, are key players in the fight against climate change, pulling carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in their roots, branches, and surrounding soil. But it’s also long been known that forests around the world aren’t receiving the protection they need to ensure that they keep up this crucial service.
Now, a new report has quantified just how much time protecting forests will buy us in our efforts to mitigate climate change. The report, published Thursday by the Woods Hole Research Center, found that “aggressive management” of tropical forests in particular would give the planet 10 to 15 more years in which to reduce emissions enough to keep the world at 2 degrees Celsius — the point under which climate scientists agree warming should be kept to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.

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ANTARA News, 21 April 2016

President Joko Widodos announcement last week about a plan to impose a moratorium on new permits for oil palm plantations has been lauded by some parties, particularly NGOs.

The moratorium policy is aimed at preserving Indonesias tropical rain forest, the worlds third largest after forests in Amazon and Congo.

The deforestation rate in the country, however, is very fast since land is being converted, particularly for plantation, and also due to forest fires.

"There will be a moratorium on oil palm and mining," the head of state, popularly known as Jokowi, stated at the launch of a National Movement for Plants and Wild Animals protection in conjunction with the World Forest Day, in Karya Island of Thousand Islands, Jakarta, on April 14.

The president said entrepreneurs and small business holders will not be allowed to expand land for oil palm concessions.

According to the President, the government is also planning to declare a moratorium on mining areas.

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By Ciaran Steward, The Mirror, 20 April 2016

A real-life 'Wolf of Wall Street' who fleeced investors of their life savings must repay more than £10m of the £60m he made - or face another 10 years in jail.

Australian Jeffrey Revell-Reade, 51, blew a fortune on yachts, private jet hire and now worthless Rolf Harris artwork after masterminding a high level boiler room scam.

Together with Anthony May, 60, he treated himself to vintage wine collections, top of the range cars, luxury travel and mansions around the world and after duping dozens of British investors into buying worthless shares from a base in Madrid.

May only has to find £250,000 to avoid extra jail time after making an eye watering £69m.

Revell-Reade made £43,864,353 but is expected to clear his dues by selling off just one property he owns in Wimbledon.

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