Ecosystem

November 19, 2013
Malaysia is to increase its production of oil palm biomass to 100 million tonnes from the 83 million tonnes recorded last year by 2020.
November 19, 2013
China’s extreme weather conditions has caused an average of more than 2,000 deaths and up to CNY200 billion (USD32.8 billion) of direct economic loss every year since the 1990s, according to Beijing's latest report on the nation's climate change strategies.
November 18, 2013
A controversial report is under-estimating the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by palm oil grown on tropical peatlands by nearly 50 percent, according to NGOs.
November 18, 2013
China is on track to achieve its 2020 energy efficiency target ahead of schedule and will make even more ambitious proposals to realize low-carbon development for the years after 2020, senior climate advisers said.
Japan Fukushima
November 15, 2013
Bowing to the inevitable, Japan has announced a much reduced carbon emissions target for 2020. The decision to aim for a 3.8 percent cut in emission below 2005 levels was announced in Tokyo Friday morning by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
Climate change rally in Manila
November 14, 2013
While the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Yolanda) looms large at the UN’s COP19 conference in Warsaw this week, activists in the Philippines are demanding compensation from economically developed countries for the damages experienced in the developing world due to climate change-related disasters.
November 14, 2013
Whilst Taiwan has sought observer status in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for years, its governmental representatives were absent when 195 member countries began a meeting on Monday to discuss how the international world could limit average global temperature increases.
Korea Green Growth
November 13, 2013
Despite concerns that it has weakened its commitment, South Korea remains determined to fight global warming by pushing through carbon reduction projects at home and boosting international co-operation, the nation’s ambassador for climate change said.
November 13, 2013
The share of global emissions subject to carbon pricing policies will rise to around 33 percent in 2035 from about 8 percent last year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its 2013 World Energy Outlook released yesterday.
November 13, 2013
Multinational consumer goods giant Unilever says that by the end of 2014, all of the palm oil it buys globally will be traceable to known sources. It is committed to sourcing all its palm oil from RSPO-certified sources by 2020.
China's GDP pollution balance
November 12, 2013
China’s central government and provincial governments have been pushing out new air pollution control plans this year as deadly smog plagues the country’s northern cities. Without a more thorough reform of economic policy, however, the chances are these plans will fail, according to the head of the country’s climate change think-tank.
US climate change negotiator Todd Stern
November 11, 2013
The United States and China, the two largest emitters of greenhouse gasses, have been at loggerheads for years over any international treaty that would mandate reductions. But the US envoy to climate talks that open today in Warsaw says this year's gathering is a "historic opportunity," in part because Washington has started working closely with Beijing on the issue. This year is different because "we are all in this negotiation rather than in an 'us or them' mentality," Todd Stern said Friday. "We mean to make progress."
November 11, 2013
The European Union’s Council of Minister has approved a temporary plan to fix the EUs’ troubled carbon market, which has seen prices plummet due to over-supply.
November 08, 2013
Japan will commit USD16 billion worth of global-warming aid at the UN climate-change conference opening in the Polish capital Warsaw next week.
Illegal logging is the biggest sector of evironmental crime
November 08, 2013
Environmental crime is on the rise and has now become one of the most profitable forms of organized crime, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned. From the illegal trade in wildlife and timber to the smuggling of ozone depleting substances and the illicit trade in hazardous waste and illegal fishing, environmental crime is a serious and growing international problem, whose impacts transcend national borders.
November 07, 2013
Policy experts from academe, business and government are at the forefront of a first-of-its-kind advocacy campaign to develop initiatives that will effectively regulate Philippine industries to ensure a more responsible stewardship of the environment.
November 07, 2013
Thirty-four environmental impact assessment agencies have been penalized by China's environmental watchdog for "falsifying documents" or "poor quality" of assessment reports.
November 07, 2013
New research has been released questioning the effectiveness of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards and claims that members are violating the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in the forests and peatlands of tropical nations worldwide.
UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2013
November 06, 2013
Should the global community not immediately embark on wide-ranging actions to narrow the greenhouse gas emissions gap, the chance of remaining on the least-cost path to keeping global temperature rise below 2°C this century will swiftly diminish and open the door to a host of challenges, according to a new UN report. The Emissions Gap Report 2013 — involving 44 scientific groups in 17 countries and co-ordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) — released ahead of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP19) in Warsaw next week.
November 06, 2013
China’s top climate official has said that it will be "flexible" on a new climate deal at the upcoming Warsaw climate talks providing developed countries keep to their promise to help fund mitigation steps by poorer countries.