11.01.2017

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Science: Is wood a green source of energy? Scientists are divided

"The bottom line for climate can shift depending on how far into the future researchers peer. The EPA panel on which Abt and Khanna sit has endorsed a long view. In its latest draft, the group recommends doing carbon accounting over a 100-year timeframe, based on research suggesting that it takes that long for the planet to feel the full impact of cumulative greenhouse gas emissions. Such long tallies give new forests plenty of time to mature and recapture carbon, making wood appear closer to carbon neutral."

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04.01.2017

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Ryngaert, Cedric (2016): Climate Change Mitigation Techniques and International Law. Assessing the Externalities of Reforestation and Geoengineering

Ryngaert, Cedric (2016): Climate Change Mitigation Techniques and International Law. Assessing the Externalities of Reforestation and Geoengineering. In: Ratio Juris. DOI: 10.1111/raju.12154.

"The article reviews such global public goods-protecting techniques as compensation payments for keeping rainforests intact, and climate engineering, for their adverse impact on human rights and biodiversity. Espousing a consequentialist ethical perspective, it calls for increased vigilance in institutionally designing and implementing climate change mitigation mechanisms, however well-intentioned these may be."

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08.11.2016

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Center for Carbon Removal: Carbon Removal Spotlight: Afforest4Future

"Here, at the Center for Carbon Removal, we aim to highlight the entrepreneurs and projects in the carbon removal space. We sat down with Vesela Tanaskovic, Chief Scientific Officer of Afforest4Future, to discuss how her group is working to rebuild soils in desert regions. Read our conversation below! "

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12.09.2016

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Science Daily: Seeing the forest for the trees: World's largest reforestation program overlooks wildlife

"New research found that China's reforestation program, the world's largest, overwhelmingly leads to the planting of monoculture forests that fall short of restoring the biodiversity of native forests -- and can even harm existing wildlife. The researchers found, however, that multi-species forests could be planted without detracting from the economic benefits China's poor and rural citizens receive for replanting forests."

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12.09.2016

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the guardian: Our best shot at cooling the planet might be right under our feet

"Studies suggest that regenerating soil by turning our backs on industrial farming holds the key to tackling climate change"

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12.09.2016

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Forest News: Q & A: Lessons from Ethiopia for forest landscape restoration

"An interview with CIFOR Scientist Habtemariam Kassa. [...] Every year trees are planted, but nobody comes and looks at their survival rate – and in fact our quick assessment indicated that trees planted by smallholder framers themselves on their own land had a much higher survival rates while tree planted through state-led tree planting campaigns showed very low survival rates."

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09.09.2016

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Forests News: Q&A: Lessons from China for forest landscape restoration

"The basic principle is that increasing biomass in landscapes – and that can be trees, shrubs or even grasses, like bamboo – generates multiple environmental benefits such as carbon capture, water purification and flood control."

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20.08.2016

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Kreidenweis, Ulrich; et al. (2016): Afforestation to mitigate climate change. Impacts on food prices under consideration of albedo effects

Kreidenweis, Ulrich; Humpenöder, Florian; Stevanović, Miodrag; Bodirsky, Benjamin Leon; Kriegler, Elmar; Lotze-Campen, Hermann; Popp, Alexander (2016): Afforestation to mitigate climate change. Impacts on food prices under consideration of albedo effects. In Environ. Res. Lett. 11 (8), p. 85001–85001. DOI 10.1088/1748-9326/11/8/085001

"We assessed the food price response of afforestation, and considered the albedo effect with scenarios in which afforestation was restricted to certain latitudinal zones. In our study, afforestation was incentivized by a globally uniform reward for carbon uptake in the terrestrial biosphere. This resulted in large-scale afforestation (2580 Mha globally) and substantial carbon sequestration (860 GtCO2) up to the end of the century."

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08.08.2016

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Sonntag, Sebastian; et al. (2016): Reforestation in a high-CO2 world-Higher mitigation potential than expected, lower adaptation potential than hoped for

Sonntag, Sebastian; Pongratz, Julia; Reick, Christian H.; Schmidt, Hauke (2016): Reforestation in a high-CO 2 world-Higher mitigation potential than expected, lower adaptation potential than hoped for. In Geophys. Res. Lett. 43 (12), pp. 6546–6553. DOI 10.1002/2016GL068824.

"We assess the potential and possible consequences for the global climate of a strong reforestation scenario for this century. We perform model experiments using the Max Planck Institute Earth System Model (MPI-ESM), forced by fossil-fuel CO2 emissions according to the high-emission scenario Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 8.5, but using land use transitions according to RCP4.5, which assumes strong reforestation."

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07.06.2016

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Corradini, G.; et al. (2016): An overview of Italian participation in afforestation and reforestation projects under the Clean Development Mechanism

Corradini, G.; Brotto, L.; Ciccarese, L.; Pettenella, D. (2016): An overview of Italian participation in afforestation and reforestation projects under the Clean Development Mechanism. In iForest, e1-e9. DOI 10.3832/ifor1654-009.

"This paper investigates the Italian participated afforestation/reforestation (A/R) projects under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol, by considering the countries hosting forestry projects, the project areas, the estimated emission reductions, the use of tree species (native/non-native), the issuance of Carbon credits, and the projects’ contribution to sustainable development and technology transfer in general, as stated by the “Project Design Document” of each project."

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