To be clear, I personally don’t do carbon. I’m a city planner concerned with infrastructure. If climate models show more flooding, then I work with engineers to help protect your neighborhood with a levee, not a solar panel. There’s some overlap between carbonites and the adaptatrons, but we’re mostly separate groups doing different work. With that, take a look at this excellent course on the world of GHG mitigation.
Al Gorians have created a very complex world for themselves. And much of it is managed by the UN, making it a hodge podge of bureaucracy. This course will cut through the fog. It’s online, worth the money, and I fully endorse it! (there are also scholarships available!)
This new online course provides an in-depth walkthrough of the process for GHG accounting at the project level for forest and other land use activities. The course is focused on reforestation, forest management, and avoided deforestation projects, and also provides information relevant to revegetation and agricultural soil carbon projects.
The course’s curriculum has been designed to present a comprehensive understanding of accounting requirements consistent with both domestic and international GHG programs. The course walks through a step-by-step process for undertaking project-level GHG accounting for land-based projects based on ISO 14064-2 and the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol for Projects.
Throughout the course forest and other land use project illustrations and examples are provided from existing GHG programs. The course also provides a summary of key GHG accounting standards and GHG programs that allow for land-based projects, including:
• the Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation (CDM/JI)
• the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS, previously known as the Voluntary Carbon Standard)
• the Climate Action Reserve (CAR)
• the American Carbon Registry (ACR)
• the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
• the Alberta-based Offset Credit System
• the New South Wales Greenhouse Gas Reduction Scheme (GGAS)
• the Australian Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI)
• the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme
The course provides a universal platform for understanding the issues and potential accounting aspects relevant to emerging regulatory and voluntary climate change mitigation programs.
Course materials are reinforced with quizzes and exercises to help learners comprehend and apply key concepts. A GHGMI Certificate of Proficiency is achievable with the passage of a cumulative exam following completion of the course.
The GHG Accounting for Forest and Other Land Use Projects course is deployed on GHGMI’s interactive e-learning platform and available to learners across the globe. The inaugural May 2011 class will be instructed by forest carbon expert Penny Baalman (http://ghginstitute.org/education/faculty/penny-baalman/).
Limited financial aid and scholarships are available to eligible applicants. (Details of GHGMI’s financial assistance policies are available online at:
For more information on the GHG Accounting for Forest and Other Land Use Projects course please visit: http://ghginstitute.org
IETA’s Carbon Forum North America is less than a week away. Don’t miss your chance to joinone of the most distinguished groups of speakers ever assembled in the carbon market space on March 14-15 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. Online registration closes this Saturday, register now. Carbon Forum North America’s five plenaries, eight breakouts, and six special keynote sessions feature more than 80 confirmed speakers, including:
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- The Honorable Joe Lieberman
- Assistant Secretary of Energy David Sandalow
- The Honorable Collin Peterson
- The Honorable John Garamendi
- California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols
- White House Council on Environmental Quality Deputy Director Gary S. Guzy
- Resources for the Future President Phil Sharp
- Bipartisan Policy Center President Jason Grumet
- Conservation International Chairman and CEO Peter Seligman
- "father of emissions trading" Dan Dudek
- UNFCCC Sustainable Development Mechanisms Director John Kilani
News Corp., owner of Fox and WSJ, is carbon neutral. WHY??
So, why push for climate change initiatives if you profess not to believe in climate change?
It’s a question that might be asked of News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch this week after the parent company of Fox, the Daily, and the Wall Street Journal announced that it is now carbon neutral.
The carbon-neutral goal, first announced in 2007, was achieved through a combination of carbon offsets (controversial in and of themselves) and creative internal initiatives, according to Greenbiz. The company’s Dow Jones campus in New Jersey, for example, set up a solar system that will provide up to half of its energy when completed—and it will be the largest solar system at a commercial site in the country. A joint program between Fox Home Entertainment and Walmart also slashed material and transportation emissions by making DVD packaging lighter.
News Corp. now has a series of goals for 2015 to work towards, including cutting absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 15% compared to 2006 levels, improving the environmental impacts of its 100 largest suppliers, and measuring and reducing its waste footprint.
All of this from the company that owns Fox News, whose Washington editor commanded during the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009 that the network shouldn’t mention climate change ”without immediately pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question.”
So what’s the deal? News Corp. claims that the business side of things is completely separate from the creative and editorial side of the organization. Apparently, News Corp.’s real beliefs about climate change can be deduced more from its actions than from the words of its writers and news anchors.
God, if you’re going to ignore reality, you should at least have the moral fiber to commit to it.
This is from my friend and colleague, Ben Jervey over at GOOD Magazine (
which, I just realized is owned by MSN. Very interesting. Whoops! Ben tells me GOOD and MSN just have a partnership. My bad.). Ben and I spent some time in Copenhagen during the COP15, and also up in Vermont. He’s a great writer, landed a spot over at HuffPost, has traveled the world chasing environmental stories, and runs The New Ideal section of Good covering climate change and environmental policy. Highly recommend bookmarking him!
From Ben’s article, apparently China has flip-flopped in a positive way. China used to be against carbon trading, but now they’re going to lead the market, leaving the pioneers of trading (US, France, and Germany), in the dust.
Add this to the list of ways that China is kicking our tail in the race to a clean energy economy: carbon trading. The most recent five-year development plan released by authorities in Beijing includes plans to start developing a system for trading carbon emissions. As a ClimateWire article reveals, this represents a 180-degree shift from just three years ago, when political and industrial leaders were “vehemently” against the concept.
"Everybody now agrees this is a must," Chen Hongbo told ClimateWire’s Coco Liu.
What’s most interesting is the reason that China is now taking emissions trading seriously. It’s… Read the rest, here.
Shanghai Stock Exchange (2005, Commons)