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Reports and Research

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Current status of chestnut in eastern US forests

The USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program provides the opportunity to assess the current distribution of American chestnut (Castanea dentata (Marsh.) Borkh) and prospective trends. Assessing chestnut using the FIA data was challenging because of the coarse nature of the FIA sample and chestnut’s rarity in natural forests; however, a basic analysis

Friday, October 26th, 2007

A description and comparison of selected forest carbon registries: a guide for States

There is increasing interest in tools for measuring and reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas. Two tools that have been receiving a lot of attention include carbon markets and carbon registries. Carbon registries are established to record and track net carbon emission levels over time. These registries provide quantifiable and verifiable carbon

Friday, October 26th, 2007

International research to monitor sustainable forest spatial patterns:

Presentations from the symposium “International Research to Monitor Sustainable Forest Spatial Patterns,” which was organized as part of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress in August 2005, are summarized in this report. The overall theme of the World Congress was “Forests in the Balance: Linking Tradition and Technology,” and the symposium

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Lighting the Way: Toward a Sustainable Energy Future

On Oct. 22, 2007, the InterAcademy Council has released a new report, commissioned by the governments of Brazil and China, indentifying and detailing the scientific consensus framewok for directing global energy development. Lighting the way: Toward a sustainable energy future lays out the science, technology and policy roadmap for developing energy resources to drive economic

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

ESTAT Publication : Sustainable Development Indicators

The EU Sustainable Development Strategy, adopted by the European Council in Gothenburg in June 2001, and renewed in June 2006, aims to reconcile economic development, social cohesion and protection of the environment. Monitoring progress towards this overarching goal is an essential part of the Strategy. The aim of these pages is to present a set

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Eurostat: 2007 Monitoring Report

The Union’s commitment to sustainable development at the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 led in due course to an EU-wide sustainable development strategy, which was adopted by the European Council in June 2001 in Gothenburg, and renewed in June 2006. The renewed strategy sets out a single, coherent approach to how

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Progress report on the EU Sustainable Development Strategy

In 2005 the European Council set out principles to guide Europe on a sustainable path of development. These principles include the ongoing need to foster economic prosperity based on an innovative, competitive and eco-efficient economy, protecting and improving the quality of the environment; promoting equity and social cohesion in solidarity with the rest of the

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Carbon Beta and Equity Performance

While institutional investor awareness of climate risk has increased dramatically (e.g. Carbon Disclosure Project, Investor Network on Climate Risk, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, etc.), only a tiny handful have moved beyond rhetoric and shareholder resolutions to take concrete investment action – namely, incorporating climate risk considerations directly and systematically into their actual stock

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Lighting the way: leading scientists sketch roadmap for sustainable energy

Some of the world’s leading scientists have set out a roadmap for achieving sustainable energy, making recommendations in the areas of carbon capture and storage, nuclear energy and biofuels, and emphasising the role of scientists in finding solutions. ‘Science provides the basis for a rational discourse about trade-offs and risks, for selecting research and development

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

GEO 2007-2009 Work Plan

GEO 2007-2009 WORK PLAN – Toward Convergence Disaster-induced losses can be reduced through observations relating to hazards such as: wildland fires, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, subsidence, landslides, avalanches, ice, floods, extreme weather, and pollution events. GEOSS implementation will bring a more timely dissemination of information through better coordinated systems for monitoring, predicting, risk assessment, early

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