Tagged with Forests

GHG Emissions Associated with Two Proposed Natural Gas Transmission Lines in Virginia: Summary of GHG Emission Estimates

Sierra Club http://bit.ly/1Qvjo1n [Sierra Club] A few days ago, the Forest Service rejected a destructive pathway Dominion Energy had proposed for the $5 billion “Atlantic Coast Pipeline” the company wants to build to carry natural gas from fracking in the Marcellus shale field in northern West Virginia to power plants along the coast of Virginia … Continue reading

Progressive Forest Canopy Water Loss During the 2012–2015 California Drought

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ( Jan. 12, 2016 v113 n2 E249-E255 ;  doi: 10.1073/pnas.1523397113 ) / by Gregory P. Asner, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/113/2/E249.short The 2012–2015 drought has left California with severely reduced snowpack, soil moisture, ground water, and reservoir stocks, but the impact of this estimated millennial-scale event on forest health is unknown. … Continue reading

Environmental Reliance, Climate Exposure, and Vulnerability : a Cross-section Analysis of Structural and Stochastic Poverty

World Bank / by Arild Angelsen and Therese Dokken http://bit.ly/1OyMUEh This paper analyzes environmental reliance, poverty, and climate vulnerability among more than 7,300 households in forest adjacent communities in 24 developing countries. The data are from the detailed, quarterly income recording done by the Poverty Environment Network project. Observed income is combined with predicted income (based … Continue reading

US Forests Will Lose Their Ability to Sequester CO2 in 25 Years: USFS Scientists

From Sink to Source: Regional Variation in U.S. Forest Carbon Futures Scientific Reports (2015, v5, Article 16518; doi:10.1038/srep16518) http://www.nature.com/articles/srep16518 [Abstract] The sequestration of atmospheric carbon (C) in forests has partially offset C emissions in the United States (US) and might reduce overall costs of achieving emission targets, especially while transportation and energy sectors are transitioning … Continue reading

Value of Improved Information about Forest Protection Values, with Application to Rainforest Valuation

World Bank / Jon Strand and Sauleh Siddiqui http://bit.ly/1VEFDHP What is the utility from obtaining more precise values of natural resource objects (rainforests), through surveys or other similar information gathering? In the value of information problems studied here, a principal who wishes to preserve a resource sets a price to offer to a seller without knowing … Continue reading

Reducing Deforestation to Fight Climate Change: Insights From a CFR Workshop

Council on Foreign Relations http://blogs.cfr.org/levi/2015/09/29/can-deforestation-be-stopped/ [CFR Energy, Security, and Climate blog] Why has Brazil slashed deforestation over the last decade while Indonesian deforestation has accelerated?… Figuring out why Brazil has succeeded while Indonesia has lagged can provide insight into how both countries can do more. Earlier this year I gathered a multidisciplinary group to explore the … Continue reading