Oceans Apart

Oceans Apart   The IPCC and the UNFCCC are the world’s preeminent bodies on the science and policy of climate change. The organizations have respectively built unprecedented consensus on climate change science (see the IPCC’s assessment and special reports) and policy (see the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement).   However, the scientific urgency reported by the IPCC has not always translated into action by the UNFCCC. On oceans in particular, the two organizations have been polar opposites in terms of ambition.   ...

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Closing the capacity gap

By Lisa Hanle, Councilmember Emeritus I recently completed my work as one of the original members of the Council of The Carbon Institute (TCI). As I transition out of this position to join a new international organization, I wanted to leave some parting reflections about the important role The Carbon Institute can play in limiting climate change.   I have been involved in the international reporting and review processes under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol since 2003 in several different capacities: as a member of the U.S. government submitting ...

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Carbon Institute partners with Cool Effect to create university carbon offset guide

In the interest of facilitating further engagement by academic institutions with greenhouse gas emission abatement, the Carbon Institute has partnered with Cool Effect, a Bay Area-based carbon offset exchange, to produce a guide to help universities purchase high quality carbon credits. Carbon credits are a fast and cost-efficient means for individuals and organizations to lower their climate impact, particularly in areas where emissions are too difficult or costly to reduce, including waste, water, business travel, purchased goods, and fuel. A coast-to-coast roundtrip ...

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The Battle for Blue (Carbon)

Over the last 3 years, the Carbon Institute, a project of GHGMI and other partners, has worked tirelessly to develop and prove a brand new model for effective capacity building. Founded on the principles of respectful long-term partnerships and true national ownership of teaching curriculums, the Carbon Institute has aligned with top universities in China, Indonesia and Central Africa to address key knowledge gaps and enable governments to successfully measure and report their terrestrial carbon inventories and emissions to the United Nations. In 2018, urged by its ...

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Inspirational Women at COP24

Three years after the signing of the historic Paris Agreement, the halls of the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland buzz with unquenchable energy. Primed with anticipation and pressed by the international community to finalize the Paris Agreement Rulebook, delegates and negotiators from each nation anxiously brush past one another on the way to their closed-door morning coordination meetings. But while the daunting findings of the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5 degrees loom large in the minds of many COP participants, a small group of passionate change-makers resolve to ...

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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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