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Environmental activist organization Greenpeace emphasized the environmental effects of cloud computing this Earth Day, releasing a report that assigns grades to 10 prominent technology companies based on how they power data centers. According to the report , computer servers in data centers account for about 2% of global energy demand and are growing their energy consumption at a rate of about 12% per year. About half of the companies studied, which include Google, Facebook and Apple, used coal to meet 50% to 80% of their energy needs instead of renewable energy resources like wind and solar. “Many IT brands at the vanguard of this 21st century technological shift are perpetuating our addiction to dirty energy technologies of the last two centuries,” reads the report’s executive summary.
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Communicating climate change presents us with a fundamental challenge. Climate change threatens all countries on Earth, regardless of their degree of development. However, telling the story of climate change, its causes and effects, and the ways in which we can contribute in the fight against it, remains a difficult task for any party involved, including the scientific community, governments, the media or nongovernmental organizations. Efforts to communicate climate change in a simple, clear and persuasive manner have not been totally successful. Moreover, competing positions still exist regarding the severity of the phenomenon and the appropriate collective response.
The poor are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation and lack of access to clean, affordable energy services. UNDP helps countries strengthen their capacity to address these challenges at the global, national and community levels, seeking out and sharing best practices, providing innovative policy advice and linking partners through pilot projects. Our Goals UNDP strengthens national capacity to manage the environment in a sustainable manner to advance poverty reduction efforts. Through our country teams in 135 developing countries, we help our partners build their capacity to integrate environmental considerations into development plans and strategies, establish effective partnerships, secure resources, and implement programmes to support sustainable, low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathways.
A carbon credit is a generic term for any tradable certificate or permit representing the right to emit one tonne of carbon dioxide or the mass of another greenhouse gas with a carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO 2 e) equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] Carbon credits and carbon markets are a component of national and international attempts to mitigate the growth in concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs). One carbon credit is equal to one metric tonne of carbon dioxide, or in some markets, carbon dioxide equivalent gases. Carbon trading is an application of an emissions trading approach. Greenhouse gas emissions are capped and then markets are used to allocate the emissions among the group of regulated sources. The goal is to allow market mechanisms to drive industrial and commercial processes in the direction of low emissions or less carbon intensive approaches than those used when there is no cost to emitting carbon dioxide and other GHGs into the atmosphere.
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By Stephen Leahy Paying the poor to conserve forests through a market scheme is the new star among initiatives in climate talks. UXBRIDGE, Canada, Dec 15 ( Tierramérica ).- Climate experts meeting in Poznan , Poland, promised to create a new pot of carbon-credit gold for the rural poor as guardians of rural lands and forests. But there are many who warn that the gold will flow only to corporate interests. One of the most effective ways to combat climate change, caused by gases like carbon dioxide that trap heat in the atmosphere, is through biological sequestration of carbon in plants, trees and soils.
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With technical support from Conservation International and the World Bank’s BioCarbon Fund, a project is being designed to protect 370,032 hectares of rainforest in Madagascar. More >> In the humid rainforest of Madagascar, 14 threatened species of lemurs, found only on the island will soon be able to breathe a little easier. A corridor of forest that stretches along the eastern coast of the island called the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor (CAZ) covers approximately 425,000 hectares.
By María Amparo Lasso* Latin America could help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 55 million tons through the sale of carbon credits. But this strategy doesn't convince the critics, who ask if the region would foment clean and renewable energy sources or would merely sell cheap carbon credits to the highest bidder from the industrialized North. MEXICO CITY - Latin America is a big player in the world's carbon market: the region has already negotiated 210.6 million dollars of carbon emissions trading in the context of the Kyoto Protocol, which is to take effect in February 2005 and has rekindled the debate about how to fight global warming.
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18 May 2010 Last updated at 12:33 ET By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News