Helping the poor can protect forests too, Indonesian welfare program shows
JAKARTA — Lifting people out of poverty in Indonesia has also helped slow the country’s rate of deforestation, a new study finds.The study looked for links between deforestation data and a government poverty-alleviation program launched in 2007 and known as PKH — at the time the biggest of its kind in the world.“If we look at the countries with vast rainforests, they’re developing or middle-income countries. Just based on that, the correlation is very clear,” Rhita Simorangkir, a researcher at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and one of the authors of the study published in Science A...
Dominion canceling controversial natural gas pipeline across Virginia
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Dominion Energy is pulling the plug on its controversial plan to build a natural gas pipeline crossing Virginia.The decision comes in tandem with a major strategic shift out of the energy giant’s multi-billion-dollar investment in a gas transmission business with operations as far away as Wyoming.Dominion wants to focus on its regulated electric and natural gas utilities and its push to net zero carbon emissions, chairman and chief executive officer Thomas Farrell said Sunday, announcing the $9.7 billion sale of the company’s gas pipeline operations to Warren Buffett’s Berk...
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Amazon reports 15% rise in greenhouse gas emissions, announces $2 billion low-carbon investment fund
Amazon’s total greenhouse gas emissions increased 15% in 2019, even as the commerce giant continues emissions-reduction efforts, including with a new $2 billion investment fund announced Tuesday.The company noted that its emissions per dollar of gross merchandise sales — a measure of emissions intensity that Amazon says it uses to benchmark its climate performance, but which others say obscures the more important rise in absolute emissions — actually decreased 5% from 2018.Each dollar spent with Amazon in 2019 resulted in the release of about 123 grams of climate-warming gases, compared to 129...
The Seattle Times
Big polluters are spending billions on controversial projects that protect forests and let them keep polluting
As industrial polluters try to erase their greenhouse gas emissions, they plan to spend billions of dollars in the coming years on preserving and restoring forests to cancel out pollution they can’t directly eliminate with electric vehicles, energy efficiency improvements and wind and solar power projects.Protecting, enhancing and restoring forests brings undeniable benefits. A growing tree breathes in carbon dioxide, reducing the concentration of heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, while providing a host of local environmental goods. Forests represents the largest category in a portfolio of ...
The Seattle Times
Indonesia to receive $56m payment from Norway for reducing deforestation
JAKARTA — Indonesia is set to receive $56.15 million from Norway, the first payment based on the results of the Southeast Asian country’s efforts to preserve its vast tropical rainforests to curb carbon dioxide emissions.The payment is for Indonesia preventing the emission of 11.23 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) through reducing its rate of deforestation in 2017.“Indonesia’s policy reforms and strengthen[ing] of law enforcement have started to bear fruit,” the Norwegian ambassador to Indonesia, Vegard Kaale, said at a virtual press conference on May 27. “I’m very happy that i...
Editorial: COVID-19 offers lesson on risk of ignoring climate change
The coronavirus offers important lessons on the need to reduce the threat of climate change.For starters, we’ve learned there is a heavy price to be paid for ignoring repeated warnings from scientists with expertise in their field of study.Researchers at the Global Carbon Project on Tuesday published a report revealing that the Earth can expect a drop of 7% in carbon dioxide emissions this year as a result of the pandemic. It’s the largest decrease in at least 75 years. That’s the good news. But the plunge in carbon emissions shouldn’t be perceived as a silver lining. The decline is temporary....
The Mercury News