Capacity Building for Carbon Accounting in Central Africa

As part of an ongoing partnership with the Carbon Institute, the US Forest Service recently published a wonderful article detailing the career-long successes and ambitious undertakings of Jean Paul Kibambe Lubambu. A dedicated Councilmember of the Carbon Institute, Jean Paul has dedicated his life to enhancing the capacity of his home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, to monitor forest cover loss and inspire the next generation of foresters. Click Here to learn more about Jean Paul.   Together with Carbon Institute Director John O Niles, Jean Paul has ...

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Director Niles to serve as Blue Carbon Capstone Advisor

As Blue Carbon roars to the front-lines of policy and research worldwide, the need for translational scientists like Hilliard Hicks III to facilitate knowledge-sharing at the community level has never been greater. After volunteering with the United States Peace Corps in South Africa and helping to restore crucial wetland habitat destroyed by floods in Borneo, Hicks undertook a Master's in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to solidify what he learned and expand upon it.   Acknowledging the high demand and clear lack of ...

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The Carbon Institute at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, 2018

The Carbon Institute partners from Indonesia, China, Africa and the US gathered at the Global Climate Action Summit to do what we do best – measure terrestrial carbon, build great faculty, and have fun. In this article, Kathleen Wong from the University of California Natural Reserve System, describes The Carbon Institute. In the article, there are quotes from The Carbon Institute Council Chairwoman Ibu Nur, as well as partners Liu Yingchun, Francois Hiol Hiol and Rizaldi Boer. "The Paris Agreement has forced the world to up its carbon accounting game. Prior to the ...

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Breaking News – International Partnership with Rwanda

This groundbreaking agreement will enhance the implementation of Rwanda’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy and enable the country to fully participate in international emissions reduction mechanisms. These include the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), and the mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

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Macro-Mitigation: Opportunities within IPCC SR1.5

On page 16 of the Special Report’s Summary for Policy Makers, the IPCC states with medium confidence that it would take the emission of nearly 3,000 Billion Metric Tonnes (Gigatonnes) of carbon dioxide to elevate global mean surface temperatures (GMST) to 1.5o C above pre-industrial levels. At the end of 2017, total anthropogenic emissions since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution were reported at 2,200 Gigatonnes. That means we’re already almost 75% of the way there. However, the IPCC makes it clear that breaching a 1.5-degree warming threshold does not entirely exclude us from removing Greenhouse Gases and decreasing global average temperatures in subsequent decades. In other words, there’s still hope.

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The California Carbon Fest

California Carbon Fest 2018: International Challenge in Terrestrial Carbon Measurement and Mitigation   Dates: September 11-13, 2018   Blue Oak Ranch Reserve & San Francisco, California   The Carbon Institute is bringing together international terrestrial carbon specialists to the UC Berkeley Blue Oak Ranch Reserve in a challenge to estimate land-use and forest carbon stocks and fluxes. The California Carbon Fest 2018 will be held in conjunction with the Global Climate Action Summit to “to showcase climate action and inspire deeper commitments ...

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The 2018 Sky Changers Awards

1 - 3pm, September 13, 2018 The Battery, San Francisco, California   Can any one person change the sky?   What was previously an absurd question is today one of necessity. Individual leaders will be the driving force behind global efforts to rapidly reduce emissions polluting our atmosphere.   The 2018 Sky Changers Awards are an afternoon celebration of the power of individuals. The Awards will recognize leaders who use education and science to achieve measurable climate stabilizing results. The 2018 Sky Changers Awards celebrate individ...

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Rewarding, impactful capacity building

The Carbon Institute partners are holding inaugural terrestrial carbon accounting courses in China and Indonesia this month.   Over 100 participants from across China and Indonesia are spending two intensive weeks online, in the classroom, and out in the field; learning everything from UNFCCC reporting to the particulars of country-specific GIS.   “To work, The Paris Agreement on climate change needs thousands of new carbon detectives and scientists to find the best places to store carbon in ecosystems. China and Indonesia already have some of the ...

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First TCA Certificate in China officially begins

The first Terrestrial Carbon Accounting Certificate course officially began August 7, 2018. The course launched with 94 learners, all Chinese government foresters. The in-person course will last until August 14 and will cover all 6 TCA areas and field work. Prior to the face-to-face sessions, students progressed through an online curriculum teaching them the fundamentals in each of the 6 TCA course areas.   The course is managed by the Forest Carbon Accounting and Monitoring Center of the State Forestry Administration, located at the State Academy of the ...

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Kelp and carbon sequestration: bringing terrestrial carbon accounting to the deep sea

Permanence and sequestered carbon “Permanence” is a favorite topic of the forest and climate change community.   When you reduce or avoid emissions – by switching from coal to wind energy, or by preventing deforestation – these are emissions that would have happened that year, but that did not happen because of an intervention. As long as you have the proper baseline (no easy task), you can credibly state that a business-as-usual ton of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas was not emitted that year. The non-existence of this emission is permanent. ...

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