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CLIMATE ADAPTATION

I want to punch climate change in the face. A blog about the interactions between the built environment, people, and nature.


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Interesting: 19 Climate Video Games

Cool that video games that attempt to tackle climate change. Of course, I have to bitch that they’re misguided in focusing on CO2 rather than adaptation. So, they seem a bit outdated to me. Still, quite interesting that the game industry is even bothering with such a strong environmental message.

“ So as long as one young person realises that they matter, and one leader is inspired to take action, I will view this campaign as a success. ”

—    -Alec Loorz, founder of Kids vs Global Warming. He’s that 16 year old kid who’s “suing" the US government on climate action. Interview, here. I’m sour on this kind of stuff, but feel some of my readers would like to know about him.

Ohio to build first offshore wind farm on Great Lakes

Project lead is Lake Erie Energy. They’re looking at putting up 20 megawatts of turbines (that’s about 10 turbines). Recall Ohio is a swing state that has voted for the past 12 winning presidents.

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CNNMoney Tech Tumblr: Need a favor? There's a site for that.

CnnMoneyTech tumblr actually has a story for once (via a guest blogger, so it’s sort of a story).

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Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from CNNMoney producer Allie Bell, who cheerily covers our 5:30 a.m. shift and works on the site’s social media.

Favo.rs is a beta site that allows users to crowdsource their appeals for assistance. Part of me wonders if the founders…

GHG Accounting for Forest and Other Land Use Projects

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:
http://ghginstitute.org/education/financial-aid/)

For more information on the GHG Accounting for Forest and Other Land Use Projects course please visit: http://ghginstitute.org