Norway Prevents South American Deforestation to Cut Climate Change

Norway is sinking hundreds of millions of dollars into cutting carbon emissions in Guyana, so as to  prevent deforestation there and thus help stall climate change, reports Ariel Schwartz at Fast Company. It recognizes that climate change is a global problem: What happens in Guyana will affect Norway, so Norway should invest in climate solutions globally. Bharrat Jagdeo, the president of Guyana for twelve years until 2011, never thought much about deforestation and its links to climate change. Then the floods came, with the worst in history occurring in 2006, when floods wiped out the equivalent of 60% of Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product. With over half of the country below sea level, suddenly climate change became a pressing problem. When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated that deforestation is responsible for a fifth of all carbon emissions, Jagdeo realized that Guyana, overly 80% of which is forested had something to offer. The deal between Guyana and Norway, started in 2009, seems to be working. Guyana’s deforestation rate in 2011 was one of the lowest worldwide. This bilateral policy is a good model, worth spreading to other countries.

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 Why Norway is paying a South American country to not cut down its trees. As part of a landmark deal, the Scandinavian country is investing in deforestation-prevention efforts in Guyana, in the hopes that it might help slow climate change around the world. Fast Company  Ariel Schwartz



About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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