New partnerships to make the Paris Agreement a reality for forests

The Carbon Institute is excited to announce a new partnership in Indonesia and China. On the heels of the historic Paris Agreement signing, we are happy to be one of the groups leading the charge to implement the Paris Agreement on the ground as quickly as possible.   The Carbon Institute will be rolling up our sleeves and engaging in a new global project through a cutting-edge capacity building initiative:  International academic partnerships to design and implement a certificate in Terrestrial Carbon Accounting (TCA) at universities in China and Indonesia. ...

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When companies track their climate emissions

Voluntary greenhouse gas accounting has become common in the private sector, but is it helping?   The Carbon Institute and the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute are quoted in this March 28th, 2016 feature article on Ensia, a magazine showcasing environmental solutions in action.   Such accounting of country-level greenhouse gas emissions and reduction targets will be critical to the success of the Paris climate accord, signed by 195 countries late last year. “It’s the bedrock of the Paris agreement in terms of holding countries accountable,” ...

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Paris climate deal hinges on better carbon accountancy

The Carbon Institute and the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute quoted January 26th, 2016 in Nature News.   “We can’t implement this agreement without building capacity,” says John Niles, who directs the Carbon Institute, an arm of the GHGMI that develops training programmes in the measurement and monitoring of carbon emissions. “We need the right investments in the right institutions, in every country on Earth.”   Perhaps the biggest challenge is how to move quickly. Developing countries may need to begin reporting within a few years, ...

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Paris climate deal might just be enough to start turning the tide on global warming

The Carbon Institute quoted December 12, 2015 in Guardian News.   John Niles teaches greenhouse gas accounting at the not-for-profit Greenhouse Gas Management Institute. In Paris he launched an international partnership with similar trainers around the world called the Carbon Institute. They’ll educate a generation of greenhouse gas accountants who can do the work in every country the Paris agreement demands. And if countries can’t or don’t report properly, or try to hide what they are really doing, Niles says the same accounting skills can reveal the ...

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A new space race: satellites could test the world’s climate vows

The Carbon Institute was quoted on December 10, 2015 in Thomson Reuters.   Monitoring a single country's net emissions from above could not only become an important tool to establish whether it had met its promises to slow global warming, a point of contention at climate talks in Paris, but also help emitters to pinpoint the sources of greenhouse gases more quickly and cheaply.   "The real success of a deal here fundamentally revolves around whether we can see emissions and their removals," said John-O Niles, director of the U.S.-based Carbon Instit...

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The Carbon Institute in Cameroon

Mbalmayo, Cameroon | June 2015 | The Carbon Institute carried out a scoping study, to identify the current status in Cameroon for teaching terrestrial carbon accounting. With support from the US Forest Service, the Carbon Institute is helping run a five-day intensive terrestrial carbon accounting course with Cameroon academics from September 21 – 25. The goal of the training and mentoring program is to ensure there is adequate in-country government capacity to develop robust REDD+ reference levels and increase the quality of in-country carbon accounting teaching ...

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Carbon Institute to host COP20 academic dinner in Peru, December 9th

Through the sponsorship of the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, our parent organization, the Carbon Institute has received funding from to host an informal get-to-know-colleagues dinner on the sidelines on the upcoming COP20 in Lima Peru. If you are an academic and working in the sphere of carbon accounting, monitoring or measuring and would like to receive an invitation, please email John Niles at jniles # ucsd # edu. The purpose of the dinner will be to share ideas about carbon accounting curriculums and teaching best practices.  

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IPCC and Terrestrial Carbon

Recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings reinforce the fact that terrestrial carbon is still the most uncertain variable in the overall global carbon cycle. As the international community works toward a new global agreement on climate change, discerning the stocks and flows of terrestrial carbon continues to present scientists with the most challenges for accurately resolving the global carbon cycle. In parallel, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change continues to advance the concept of REDD+, a framework to provide incentives to ...

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