We Can Save World’s Forests At A Fraction Of Cost Of Fossil Fuels Subsidies

We Can Save World’s Forests At A Fraction Of Cost Of Fossil Fuels Subsidies a new UN report says, reports Mongabay.com. Investing $30 billion a year in forest conservation — less than seven percent of the $480 billion spent annually on fossil fuels subsidies — could help stop deforestation while accelerating a transition toward a greener global economy, asserts a new report published by the International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN REDD Programme. Achim Steiner, Director of the United Nations Environment Programme said “The ecosystem services provided by tropical forests are estimated at around US $6,120 per hectare per year. Despite this clear macroeconomic case, the total yearly forest loss averages 13 million hectares per year – equivalent to the surface of a football field being destroyed every three seconds.”

Preserving forests is one of the cheapest, most effective ways to preserve biodiversity and to store carbon, preventing it from morphing into harmful greenhouse gases.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=mary-ellen-harte

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Source
http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0321-unredd-appeal.html

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OO UN calls for greater efforts, resources for forests
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=208125

OO Indonesia’s Forest Fires Feed ‘Brown Cloud’ Of Pollution Choking Asia’s Cities
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/23/indonesia-forest-fires-pollution-asia

OO Indian Food Giant To Source Deforestation-Free Palm Oil
http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0319-orkla-zero-deforestation.html

OO India To Establish Asia’s Largest Protected Forest
http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0321-morgan-india-connected-forest.html

 

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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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