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Metafore Newsletter: In Focus, May 6, 2007

by Metafore — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:03 AM
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This newsletter was made possible through support provided by the Global Development Alliance and the Office of Environmental and Natural Resources, Bureau for Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade, U.S. Agency for International Development, and by the USDA Forest Service International Programs, under the terms of Award No. 03-DG-11132762-027. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the USDA Forest Service.
PepsiCo takes top spot in global warming battle; Interest in renewable energy on the rise; Madagascan Tropical Forests Return Due to Better Management, Well-defined Ownership; US-Based Index Allows Bets on Global Warming Fight; Merger fever hits forest sector; Funding for forest research; Climate scientist angry over ‘mischaracterization’; The Great Pall of China; Foster's, Scientists Team Up To Generate Clean Energy from Beer-Making; Indonesia Deforestation Fastest in World – Greenpeace; The cost of coal on the environment; Green Practices Good for the Earth and the Bottom Line; International Agreement To Protect World’s Forests; America's Forests in State of Renewal and Re-Growth, but Challenges Remain, Landmark Report Finds; USDA Proposes Standards Board for U.S. Environmental Markets
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May 6, 2007

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PepsiCo takes top spot in global warming battle
From USA Today: When the EPA's quarterly list of the 25 greenest energy users is released today, the soft drink and snack food giant will be sitting at the very top.

PepsiCo (PEP) on Monday will announce that it will purchase 1 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy credits over the next year — equal to all the electricity used by all of PepsiCo's U.S. facilities. That's enough electricity to power 90,000 average American homes for one year.

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Interest in renewable energy on the rise
From Appleton Post Crescent: Wisconsin appears to be all about cultivating renewable energy sources. A look around the region finds a Neenah paper mill among the leaders in the developing field, while an ethanol production plant is going full tilt west of Oshkosh.

Now the prospect that a northern Wisconsin paper mill might become the first fossil fuel independent facility of its type in North America is another step closer to reality.

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Madagascan Tropical Forests Return Due to Better Management, Well-defined Ownership
From Evolution Diary:
A new study shows that although loss of tropical dry forests occurs in southern Madagascar, there are also large areas of forests regenerating. The return of forest cover was found to be substantial in the study area, with an overall net increase of 4% during the period 1993-2000. These dry forests have the highest level of plant endemism (species found only in a particular region) in all of Madagascar and are listed as one of the 200 most important "ecoregions" of the world.

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US-Based Index Allows Bets on Global Warming Fight
From PlanetArk: KLD says its Global Climate 100 Index holds small to large-cap companies whose activities reduce the social and economic consequences of climate change.

The weighted index holds 100 companies ranging from the energy and utility sectors to industrials and consumer products. Some of the companies invest in efficiency and buy power from renewable sources.

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Merger fever hits forest sector
From Prince George Citizen: There were more than 280 mergers and buyouts in the global forest sector in 2006 reaching a value of nearly $26 billion US, with Canadian companies posting three of the largest deals in North America, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report.

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Funding for forest research
From The Gazette: The changing climate will raise "critical issues" for Canada's forests and researchers, who need to develop strategies now to deal with them, say leading experts in forest sustainability.

The Sustainable Forest Management Network announced $3 million over the next two years for research across the country.

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Climate scientist angry over ‘mischaracterization’
From Pulp and Paper Canada: Scientist Ken Caldeira is upset with what he calls a ‘mischaracterization’ by Fox News of a study he wrote on the effects of deforestation.

The study, entitled ‘Combined climate and carbon-cycle effects of large-scale deforestation’ was taken out of context by the news service, Caldeira feels, “in an effort to ignite public debate over the role of forests in global warming.”

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The Great Pall of China
From the Independent:
In a seismic shift for the world, China will overtake the United States as the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases this year, far earlier than thought - and present the problem of tackling climate change in even more difficult terms.

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Foster's, Scientists Team Up To Generate Clean Energy from Beer-Making
From the Associated Press: Scientists and Australian beer maker Foster's are teaming up to generate clean energy from brewery waste water -- by using sugar-consuming bacteria. The experimental technology was unveiled Wednesday by scientists at Australia's University of Queensland, which was given a $115,000 state government grant to install a microbial fuel cell at a Foster's Group brewery near Brisbane, the capital of Queensland state.

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Indonesia Deforestation Fastest in World – Greenpeace
From Planet Ark: The Guinness World Records had approved a proposal by Greenpeace that Indonesia's forest destruction be included in its 2008 record book to be published in September this year, said Greenpeace Southeast Asia campaigner Hapsoro.

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The cost of coal on the environment
From WWF: In a new briefing paper released today to coincide with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) meeting about the economic impacts of climate change, WWF shows that the short-term economics which are driving the use of coal to generate cheap power have created a “fool’s paradise” that will lead to profound long-term problems.

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Press Releases

Green Practices Good for the Earth and the Bottom Line
It's official. Going Green is where corporate America is heading. As corporate social responsibility becomes synonymous with good business, developing "green" policies are what many major retailers and corporations are doing. It's great for the earth for a company's bottom line too. 93% of Americans believe companies have a responsibility to help preserve the environment. 83% trust a company more if it is socially and/or environmentally responsible.

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International Agreement To Protect World’s Forests
The final agreement was reached after delegates to the UN Forum on Forests worked through the night, concluding just after dawn this morning. Exhausted delegates nevertheless called the agreement a milestone, noting it was the first time States have agreed to an international instrument for sustainable forest management.”

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America's Forests in State of Renewal and Re-Growth, but Challenges Remain, Landmark Report Finds
The new study found that replanting and reforestation efforts, as well as natural forest re-growth on abandoned agricultural lands has generally offset any loss of forestland during the 20th century due to urban/suburban growth. Technological advances have made farming more efficient, vastly reducing the amount of land needed to produce food, thereby allowing forestland to regenerate, the report found.

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USDA Proposes Standards Board for U.S. Environmental Markets
From Ecosystem Marketplace: Mark Rey, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment at the Department of Agriculture, has announced plans to press Congress to create a single board to set standards for the plethora of current and emerging ecosystem markets. The Ecosystem Marketplace reports.

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