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Sightline Daily – Northwest News That Matters –
The Daily Score Blog – Special Series Climate Fairness

http://daily.sightline.org/daily_score/series/climate-fairness
“Climate change threatens hardships for everyone, but the people and nations least to blame for causing it are most vulnerable. In this series, Alan Durning explores the issue of climate equity and looks at the enormous opportunity to reverse the unfairness of climate change.”

Another series accessible called “Inside Western Climate Initiative.” The news source is a service of  Sightline Institute, which offers additional resources including “Sightline’s Cap and Trade 101.”

Sightline Institute
http://www.sightline.org/

“Sightline Institute is a not-for-profit research and communication center–a think tank–based in Seattle. Founded in 1993 by Alan Durning, Sightline’s mission is to bring about sustainability, a healthy, lasting prosperity grounded in place. Our focus is Cascadia, or the Pacific Northwest.”

Articles

The UN Secretary-General remarks at UN-REDD programme press conference (09/25/2008)
http://appablog.wordpress.com/2008/09/25/the-un-secretary-general-remarks-at-un-redd-programme-press-conference/

Groups say BC’s bioenergy plan will worsen global warming (09/25/2008)

http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Environment/2008/09/25/UBCMBioenergy/

Chairman Gordon Calls for a National Water Initiative To Help Ensure Water Supply (09/23/2008)
http://science.house.gov/press/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=2305

REDD in the USA: Feds Grapple with Forest Carbon Offsets (09/15/2008)
http://www.amazonia.org.br/english/noticias/noticia.cfm?id=284661
“The United States looks set to implement a cap-and-trade regime for greenhouse gas emissions regardless of whether the next President is named Obama or McCain – and all signs point to a significant role for forestry offsets. The Ecosystem Marketplace has been asking project developers for their take on the debate.”

RGGI Results Due Monday: Are Regional Initiatives Ushering in the Forestry Age? (09/15/2008)

http://ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/article.news.php?component_id=6033&component_version_id=8992&language_id=12

Climate Change and Forestry: a REDD Primer
http://ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/article.news.php?component_id=5797&component_version_id=8792&language_id=12

Palin’s record long on clashes with Interior, environmentalists (09/09/2008)
http://climatechangetoday.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/palins-record-long-on-clashes-with-interior-environmentalists/

Global warming: Western U.S. feels the heat (09/02/2008)
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/connelly/377472_Joel03.html?source=rss
“It’s a zombie tree: It’s dead but doesn’t know it,” said Jesse Logan, a retired U.S. Forest Service scientist. “It took everything that nature could throw at it, but not what we have caused to happen.”

U.N. chief warns against waiting for climate deal (08/31/2008)
http://www.enn.com/climate/article/38062
“Ban said it was imperative for the new U.S. government to play a leadership role in climate change for the international community to agree on strong emission cut targets.”

Study: People Rank Global Warming Lower Than Local Environmental Issues (08/19/2008)
http://www.enn.com/climate/article/37965

Reports

Landmark study projects millions of green jobs & environmental market growth (09/24/2008)
http://www.environmental-expert.com/resultEachPressRelease.aspx?cid=30602&codi=37696&idproducttype=8&level=0
Source: International Labour Organization (ILO)

“A new, landmark study on the impact of an emerging global “green economy” on the world of work says efforts to tackle climate change could result in the creation of millions of new “green jobs” in the coming decades. The new report entitled Green Jobs: Towards Decent work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World, says changing patterns of employment and investment resulting from efforts to reduce climate change and its effects are already generating new jobs in many sectors and economies, and could create millions more in both developed and developing countries.”

Understanding Climate Change: An Equitable Framework
http://www.policylink.org/?msource=CC

“When the hurricanes hit in 2005, more than 1,500 people died in New Orleans alone. There is no doubt that better disaster management practices will be needed to respond to the impacts of climate change, including increased flooding, drought, wildfires, and stronger hurricanes. The destruction wrought by these storms reveals how the interaction of forces—energy use, environmental degradation, climate change and financial vulnerability—puts low-income communities of color at greatest risk.

“As the world grapples with other effects of climate change and global warming, the need to understand the embedded issues associated with these complex ecological transformations becomes clear. Understanding Climate Change: An Equitable Framework (pdf) contributes to a deeper understanding of the issues, and considers the equity consequences and implications associated with global warming.”

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Web resources:

Climate Crisis Coalition
http://www.climatecrisiscoalition.org/index.html

“The Climate Crisis Coalition was founded in 2004 to create awareness and convey a sense of urgency about the climate crisis and broaden the constituency of the climate action movement. Our mission was also to approach climate change from the holistic perspective that links issues of environmental, social and economic equity. In light of how quickly the movement is now growing, CCC believes that this linkage of issues is ever more important, especially during this 2008 election year.”

Earth Equity News
http://earthequitynews.blogspot.com/

“The CCC Earth Equity News, is a mainstay of the organization. Our e-mail news summary (previously know as the CCC Newsfeed), now taking on a new life as a blog, is increasingly well received by our subscribers and seems to fulfill an important need within the movement. In the daily edition (Monday through Friday), we summarize, mostly through excerpts, eight to twelve current stories on climate change and equity from around the world and from a range of sources. In each excerpt, we include links to the full stories and to the organizations and studies involved. In the Sunday weekend edition, we organize the week’s top items by topic and add late-breaking stories. People can sign up for free daily or weekly e-mail subscriptions on the CCC website or on our blog, www.earthequity.org.”

U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center
http://www.fs.fed.us/ccrc/

“The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a reference Web site for resource managers and decisionmakers who need information and tools to address climate change in planning and project implementation on lands in the West. Changing climates have already catalyzed changes in environments throughout the West, and future effects are expected to be greater. Although future scenarios are daunting, managers can do much to promote adaptation to climate change and encourage reduction of human effects on climate.”

National Wildlife Federation, Climate Action Center:
Global Warming Linked to Four-fold Increase in Fires, Burning Six Times More Area
http://online.nwf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ClimateAction&JServSessionIdr011=mgj48elrr1.app46b

United Nations Environment Programme
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT OUTLOOK
The fourth Global Environment Outlook: environment for development (GEO-4) assessment is a comprehensive and authoritative UN report on environment, development and human well-being, providing incisive analysis and information for decision making.
http://www.unep.org/geo/geo4/media/

Institute of Biodiversity Conservation
http://www.ibc-et.org/?p=218

Provides information on plant genetic resources conservation. Also, biodiversity projects, sustainable use, conservation, access and benefit sharing, climate change and indigenous communities. Focus is on Ethopia and Africa.

Traditional Knowledge Bulletin
http://tkbulletin.wordpress.com/2008/08/12/this-week-in-review-world-indigenous-day/

A Traditional Knowledge Policy Analysis and Information Service

Northwest Bioregion and Climate Change
http://nwbioregion.wordpress.com/

Explores how the Northwest Bioregion in North America will be impacted by climate change. Includes scientific reports, perspectives from industries, information on impacts to human health, and links to additional web resources.

Articles:

NGO warns against carbon emissions and land rights (08/23/2008)
http://gbcghana.com/news/22083detail.html

Living on Earth: Is Chicken Little Right? (08/22/2008)
http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.htm?programID=08-P13-00034&segmentID=4

Global Water Experts Urge Governments To Halve Food Waste By 2025 To Fight Famine, Save Water (08/22/2008)
http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,date:2008-08-22~menuPK:34461~pagePK:34392~piPK:64256810~theSitePK:4607,00.html

Is Obama`s energy plan change we can believe in? (08/20/2008)
http://air.environmental-expert.com/resultEachPressRelease.aspx?cid=4791&codi=36079&idproducttype=8

Tribes object to fighting fire in sacred places (08/14/2008)
Natives on Ore.-Calif. border want their ‘Sistine Chapel’ to be natural
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26198603/from/ET/#storyContinued

California’s Forests at Top of Policy Agenda (08/13/2008)
Educational Program Illustrates How Managing Forests Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Wildfires by 50% and Help California Meet 30% of its GHG Reduction Target
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/californias-forests-top-policy-agenda/story.aspx?guid=%7B5C239050-F769-4212-8E80-FE45CDF55743%7D&dist=hppr

Republicans want more aggressive forest thinning (08/13/2008)
http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_10195974

Climate Change Caused Widespread Tree Death In California Mountain Range, Study Confirms (08/13/2008)
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/118006.php

Visiting officials focus on Minnesota’s forests (08/13/2008)
https://secure.forumcomm.com/bemidji/articles/index.cfm?page=purchase&id=17605&CFID=76536596&CFTOKEN=71489639&jsessionid=8830f1f37b79315a135f

California Climate Action Registry Accepts New Protocol (08/12/2008)
http://carbonneutraldigest.com/?p=419

US Forest Service Launches Online Climate Change Clearinghouse.
http://www.climatecrisiscoalition.org/blog/?p=826
Release by US Forest Service, August 11, 2008. “The U.S. Forest Service has launched an online clearinghouse for information on climate change across the West… The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC: http://www.fs.fed.us/ccrc/) is a reference Web site for resource managers and decision-makers who need information and tools to address climate change in planning and project implementation on lands in the West… Although future scenarios are daunting, managers can do much to promote adaptation to climate change and encourage reduction of human effects on climate… The site offers educational information, including basic science modules that explain climate and climate impacts, decision-support models, maps, simulations, case studies, and toolkits.”

Women and climate change – a tale of two mothers (08/11/2008)
http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/catalyst/fa04-catalyst-forest-carbon-sequestration.html

Reports:

Global Warming Coming Home to Roost in the American West
Assigning blame for regional climate disasters is hard, but scientists have finally
implicated the greenhouse in a looming water crisis
available from: www.sciencemag.org SCIENCE VOL 318 21 DECEMBER 2007

Human-Induced Changes in the Hydrology of the Western United States
Tim P. Barnett, et al.
Science 319, 1080 (2008);
DOI: 10.1126/science.1152538
Updated information and services, including high-resolution figures, can be found in the online version of this article: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/319/5866/1080
Supporting Online Material can be found at:
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/1152538/DC1
A list of selected additional articles on the Science Web sites related to this article can be found at:
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/319/5866/1080#related-content

Potential impacts of a warming climate on water availability in snow-dominated regions
T. P. Barnett, J. C. Adam & D. P. Lettenmaier
Nature 438, 17 November 2005;
DOI:10.1038/nature04141
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v438/n7066/abs/nature04141.html

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Web Sites

Pacific Institute, Oakland, California
http://www.pacinst.org/topics/global_change/
An independent research and policy group addressing issues related to water, climate, and environmental policy and management. Site includes a section on climate impacts and adaptation and a bibliography of over 1,000 research papers on impacts of climate change on U.S. water resources, with a focus on California.

Articles

Water fight
Proposed Nevada water pipeline project imperil communities, lifestyles (07/03/2008)

http://www.sltrib.com/News/ci_9780734

Incentives For Carbon Sequestration May Not Protect Species (07/08/2008)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080707170527.htm
Paying rural landowners in Oregon’s Willamette Basin to protect at-risk animals won’t necessarily mean that their newly conserved trees and plants will absorb more carbon from the atmosphere and vice versa, a new study has found.

Report Analyzes Greenhouse Gas Reporting Methods (07/08/2008)
http://www.climatebiz.com/news/2008/07/07/greenhouse-gas-reporting-methods

BC launches campaign extolling forests in fighting climate change (07/08/2008)
http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5hG98UTvn3IIJTCBX-Ul7KVZX5cHg

Working group to sell green message (07/08/2008)
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/business/story.html?id=f293086a-1e42-456c-a00a-886e3b44234e
Premier Gordon Campbell announced the establishment of the British Columbia Forestry Climate Change Working Group on Monday to promote BC’s forest industry…

Despite warming, peak’s glaciers still grow (07/09/2008)
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/07/08/growingglacier.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

New studies predict record land grab as demand soars for new sources of food, energy and wood fiber (07/14/2008)
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-07/bc-nsp071408.php

Mitigating Climate Change By Improving Forest Management In The Tropics (07/15/2008)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080714202508.htm

Unlocking the Water Held by U.S. Forests Not So Easy (07/16/2008)
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jul2008/2008-07-16-095.asp

Warming West is ground zero for wildfires (07/21/2008)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/07/20/MNSC11Q7RD.DTL

CHINA: Trickle-down disaster — as glaciers shrink, so do food supplies (07/08/2008)
http://www.eenews.net
“What do melting Himalayan glaciers have to do with the price of bread in a U.S. supermarket? More than you think, says Lester Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute and a leading thinker on environmental sustainability…”

PUBLIC LANDS: House panel considers forest restoration bill (07/08/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

CLIMATE: House panel to examine carbon capture and storage fund (07/08/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

FORESTS: Rural counties’ budgets collapse as U.S. ends timber payments (07/02/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Don’t Count On Long-term Success In Climate Policy, Warns Paper In Decision Analysis (07/01/2008)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080701141952.htm

G-8 SUMMIT: Rich countries must demonstrate low-carbon growth is possible, top economist says (06/30/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Ancient Oak Trees Help Reduce Global Warming (06/28/2008)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080627163041.htm

ECONOMY: Coping with climate change is ‘one of the greatest tests’ of humankind — report (06/27/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

California Unveils Sweeping Climate Change Plan (06/27/2008)
http://www.climatebiz.com/news/2008/06/27/california-unveils-sweeping-climate-change-plan

US report assesses climate change security threats (06/27/2008)
http://www.euractiv.com/en/climate-change/us-report-assesses-climate-change-security-threats/article-173719?Ref=RSS

East Africa: Are Sudanese and Somalis Killing Each Other Because of Climatic Change? (06/27/2008)
http://allafrica.com/stories/200806270218.html

CALIFORNIA: State’s rare plants could wilt under climate change, study finds (06/25/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Plan To Conserve Forests May Be Detrimental To Other Ecosystems (06/18/2008)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080612141354.htm

If A Tree Falls In The Forest, And No One Is Around To Hear It, Does Climate Change? (06/13/2008)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080612171111.htm

Western U.S. Forests At Risk: Complex Dynamics Underlie Bark Beetle Eruptions (06/06/2008)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080602075818.htm

Saving Lives When Wildfires Burn
Earth Scientists And Geographers Integrate Maps And Weather Data (06/01/08)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2008/0607-saving_lives_when_wildfires_burn.htm

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Articles

Put The Trees In The Ground: A Fix For The Global Carbon Dioxide Problem? (05/13/08)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080513101652.htm

Biodiversity Loss Puts People At Risk: World Wildlife Fund (ScienceDaily 05/20/2008)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080516112715.htm

SMART Papers Breaks Ground on $30M Biomass Plant (05/14/2008)
http://www.climatebiz.com/news/2008/05/14/smart-papers-breaks-ground-30m-biomass-plant

Rwanda: Gov’t Worried By Effect of Climate Change On Health (05/15/2008)
http://allafrica.com/stories/200805150255.html

Humans causing major changes in Earth’s systems — study (05/14/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

U.N. campaign plants 2 billion trees (05/14/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Forests without fires capture less carbon — study (05/16/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Ore. congressman seeks to expand range of Healthy Forests treatments (05/13/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Promoters seek ‘sweet spot’ for widening use of woody biomass (05/16/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Landmark local emissions fee passed in N. Calif. (05/22/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

CALIFORNIA: More than half of state’s emissions cuts to be achieved through regulation (05/14/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

ARIZONA: State moves to block California-style emissions law (05/15/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Problems plague Canada’s emissions trading plans (05/08/2008)
http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSL0866720920080508?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews&pageNumber=3&virtualBrandChannel=0&sp=true

E.U. carbon trading program holds lessons for U.S. (05/09/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Climate change is not ‘gender neutral’ (05/12/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Proliferation of regional renewable energy policies requires more U.S.-Canada agreements (05/12/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Computer climate models lack power to portray Peoria (05/09/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Continuing public confusion over global warming (05/09/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Sponsors lower expectations for Lieberman-Warner bill (05/08/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

DeFazio grills E.U. ambassador over aviation emissions trading plan (05/07/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Can NEPA force federal responses to climate change? (05/06/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Calif. discusses cogeneration, efficiency measures (05/05/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Appropriators hit the road to take on beetle epidemic (05/05/2008)
http://www.eenews.net

Reports

World Health Organization – Climate Change and Human Health
http://www.who.int/globalchange/climate/en/

The European Union’s Emissions Trading System in Perspective
Prepared for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change        May 2008
http://www.pewclimate.org/eu-ets

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Web Resources

Rocky Mountain Climate Organization’s Colorado Climate Project:
http://www.coloradoclimate.org/index.cfm

“The Colorado Climate Project was convened by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization to bring Coloradans together to reduce the state’s contribution and vulnerability to climate change. In the first phase of the project, a blue-ribbon Climate Action Panel worked for a year to develop 70 recommendations for reducing emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases and preparing for the changes that may be coming. Altogether, 116 panel members, alternates, and participants in supporting Policy Work Groups worked to produce the panel’s final report.

“The project has now moved to seeking consideration, adoption, and implementation of the panel’s recommendations. Shortly after the panel’s recommendations were adopted, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., announced a Colorado Climate Agenda which includes the goals for reducing Colorado’s emissions 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, compared to 2005 levels, just as recommended by the Climate Action Panel. The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, working with the 116 participants who shaped the panel’s recommendations, will continue working with the state government, local governments, water providers, and others for adoption and implementation of other panel recommendations.

“Visit the website to learn more about background information on the science and impacts of global climate change, what governments in Colorado and elsewhere are doing, and the Colorado Climate Project; the inventory and forecast of Colorado greenhouse gas emissions considered by the panel; the Climate Action Panel’s work and report; the Policy Work Groups that supported the panel; and other information.”

Articles

Al Gore: New thinking on the climate crisis
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/243

Native knowledge may help others cope with climate change (04/23/2008)
http://www.eenews.net/

Most local health agencies ill-equipped to handle climate effects (04/25/2008)
http://www.eenews.net/

Climate change concerns voiced in protests to BLM leases (04/24/2008)
http://www.eenews.net/

Enviro poll finds high degree of concern about global warming among Hispanic voters (04/24/2008)
http://www.eenews.net/

House panel to examine effects of CO2 emissions on oceans (04/28/2008)
http://www.eenews.net/

Indian Affairs panel reviews tribal energy development (04/28/2008)
http://www.eenews.net/

Dems’ bill would let private citizens fight discrimination in federal court (04/28/2008)
http://www.eenews.net/

Western Forestry Leadership Coalition
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – FOCUS: CLIMATE CHANGE (04/07/2008)
http://www.wflccenter.org/news_pdf/284_pdf.pdf

GREEN JOBS: Conference promotes work for people of all walks  (04/04/2008)
http://www.eenews.net/cw/
(Climate Wire, THE POLITICS AND BUSINESS OF CLIMATE CHANGE)

Climate witnesses demand climate solutions        (11/16/2007)
http://www.panda.org/about_wwf/what_we_do/climate_change/news/index.cfm?uNewsID=116961

‘Paign, Management: Industry launches campaign against Lieberman-Warner climate bill (03/20/2008)
http://www.grist.org/news/2008/03/20/LiebWrnr/index.html?source=friend

Want to aid climate? Fix land use, groups say (03/24/2008)
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1206321909135610.xml&coll=7

Reports

Hotter and Drier, The West’s Changed Climate (March 2008)
http://www.nrdc.org/globalWarming/west/contents.asp

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski’s Climate Change Integration Group (CCIG) Final Report, A Framework for Addressing Rapid Climate Change  (January 2008)
http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/GBLWRM/docs/CCIGReport08Web.pdf

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Web Resources

The Wilderness Society: Global Warming Webpage and Fact Sheets:
http://wilderness.org/OurIssues/GlobalWarming/index.cfm?TopLevel=Home

Articles

Tribes try to gauge a ‘potential culture killer’ (03/20/2008)
http://www.earthportal.org/news/?p=955

Critics blast the climate change (03/20/2008)
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2008/03/20/4/

Is cap-and-trade system right for California? Opposition grows (03/18/2008)
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2008/03/18/3/

Global Warming Responsible for Western Droughts
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/31/AR2008013101868.html

Minorities are forgotten victims of climate change
http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSL0778173520080311?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews

Looming water wars foreshadow big problems
http://www.earthportal.org/news/?p=932

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