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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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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Announcing 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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Translated from Chinese: Partner Meetings and Stakeholder Consultations in Xi’an

This article was originally posted in Chinese on the website of the State Forestry Administration of the People's Republic of China.   "Our institute holds the annual work conference and stakeholder meeting of the 2018 Project of the International Academic Partnership for Terrestrial Carbon Accounting (TCAIAP) between China and the United States."   From May 23rd to May 14th, the hospital held a four-day Sino-U.S. Technical Cooperation "TCAIAP" project in Xi'an on May 14-17. The 2018 project annual work meeting and interest-related Party meetings. More ...

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“The Professionals who will Restore our Ecosystems” (Natural Capital Partners interview)

Jonathon Shopley, the Director of Natural Capital Partners, interviews John-O Niles, the founder of The Carbon Institute in a wide-ranging interview about the unique challenges for conserving forests, the requirements of the Paris Agreement, and training the on-the-ground workforce that shift policies to protect ecosystems.   "Forest conservation and restoration is an acre-by-acre fight. This makes forestry harder to scale. It’s not a technology you can introduce, or even a single policy that works from one community to the next, and there’s definitely not ...

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TCI wins Award for Conservation Innovation and $100,000 prize

The Carbon Institute director and founder John-O Niles has been awarded in the first round of the Henry Arnhold fellowship of the Mulago Foundation, beginning in 2016, with training heading into 2017. The fellowship is provided to social entrepreneurs focused on scalable solutions to conservation and climate problems. The Henry Arnhold fellowship program was launched with the belief that the social entrepreneurship movement needs to penetrate more deeply into conservation and because development efforts to help the poor will ultimately fail if humankind continues to ...

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Mentoring in the Republic of Congo, Meetings in the DRC

In the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo, most greenhouse gas emissions come from the land-use sector (deforestation, degradation, agriculture, urban expansion).   Although both countries have many qualified carbon professionals, they still lack a sufficient number of well-trained terrestrial carbon accountants. These carbon accountants are needed to understand greenhouse gas (GHG) stocks and flows, to gain access to climate finance, to help inform mitigation plans and programs, and to report on pledges made internationally under the Paris ...

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Certificate programs featured at COP23 in Bonn

Professor Gao Jinping presents about the Terrestrial Carbon Accounting Certificate program being developed to train government foresters in China.   The Carbon Institute partners from China, Indonesia, and the United States participated in the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) for the UN climate change convention in November, hosted by Fiji in Bonn, Germany.   This was a busy COP for The Carbon Institute. During COP23, the partners presented about the Terrestrial Carbon Accounting (TCA) Certificate programs in China and Indonesia, which will ...

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Sustainable Capacity Building for the Paris Agreement

On November 6th, The Carbon Institute kicked off its two weeks at COP 23 with a participatory side-event.  The event invited the audience and panelists to discuss a key challenge for implementing the Paris Agreement - that greenhouse gas accounting and inventories are still an enormous challenge to many countries. Fully implementing the Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement will require a massive increase in professionals with GHG accounting skills. Participants discussed what larger role academic institutions could play in supporting government needs. Click ...

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