Thursday, 14 November 2013 14:18

Ecuador’s climate ambition faces test post Yasuní

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By Guy Edwards and Keith Madden Yasuni This year Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa terminated the Yasuní-ITT Initiative following the lack of international support. Ecuador proposed to keep 846 million barrels of “oil in the soil” under the Yasuní national park in exchange for compensation from the international community.
This collaborative project between the Centro de Ciência do Sistema Terrestre (CCST) of the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Brazil, and the Met Office Hadley Centre, UK, published in April 2011 offers an assessment of the impacts of climate change on Brazil and the effects of deforestation on the Brazilian climate and the Amazon. The study suggests that deforestation could cause temperatures to warm over Amazonia, while the reducing effect on rainfall could lead to drier conditions than those experienced previously. The project makes three crucial contributions in support of Brazilian involvement in the international climate negotiations and in support of INPE´s research endeavors: building capacity within Brazil for policy-relevant climate change assessments; generation of specific policy-relevant information relating to issues of adapting to climate change and assessing risks of dangerous climate change across Brazil; and improving the scientific collaboration on assessing the impacts of climate change in key sectors of society and economy.
This presentation was made on April 6, 2012, by Brown University Research Fellow Guy Edwards and Professor Timmons Roberts at a Brown University workshop entitled ‘Beyond Competition? China, Climate Change, Security and the Developing World’. The presentation looks at how China is leading a resources boom in Latin America and whether China's legacy in the region will be one of protection or devastation.  The presentation concludes that Latin America should be able to benefit considerably from Chinese interest in the region, but only if national leaders think strategically about the imperatives of low carbon, resilient growth models.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:54

Introduction to REDD

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:49

Reefs at Risk

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This publication is an important contribution to establish greater awareness about climate change. It is a call to action not just for the governments and peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean but also for leaders in developed countries, the principal emitters responsible for the impacts and effects climate change is having on the nations of the region, their economies and the natural world we depend upon.
The following book list includes texts focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean and climate change and the environment. The books address some of the most critical socio-environmental issues of the day with important implications for regional and national debates on climate. In the build up to the Rio+20 Conference next year, Latin American civil society organizations and regional and international networks are attempting to make this conference relevant and establish a new and revitalized agenda on sustainable development. These books can make a valuable contribution to that endeavour.
*Dr. Graham Woodgate (Photo: The volcanic cone of the Nevado Toluca rising above the forests below) Reducing carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is a key plank of global climate change mitigation strategies. Opinion is divided on the efficacy and ethics of REDD+ mechanisms, in no small part due to the complexity of the two-way relationship between forests and climate and the structural characteristics of North-South relations.
This is a presentation made by Paulo Barreto, Senior Researcher at IMAZON, at the April 8th Brown University Conference on “Latin America and Climate Change: Regional Perspectives on a Global Problem”.