Archive for April, 2009

Web resources:

CVal: A Carbon Valuation Tool for Foresters and Private Forest Landowners http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplgtr/fpl_gtr180.html
The CVal spreadsheet is a powerful tool that will help foresters, managers, and project developers work with private forest landowners to assess the economic profitability of participating in carbon markets. CVal provides a discounted cash flow analysis based on a full accounting of variables, including tract size, carbon sequestration rate, carbon price, and enrollment and trading costs. Automated, financial break-even analyses in the macros version quickly assess threshold values of key variables for profitable projects, and the program readily performs “what if” calculations after storing starting values. CVal was designed to evaluate managed forest and afforestation projects traded on the Chicago Climate Exchange, but its methodology could be adapted for other trading mechanisms and agricultural sequestration projects.

Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2009/20090318_climateliteracy.html
The guide presents information that is deemed important for individuals and communities to know and understand about Earth’s climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches to adaptation or mitigation. Principles in the guide can serve as discussion starters or launching points for scientific inquiry. The guide aims to promote greater climate science literacy by providing this educational framework of principles and concepts.

Planners Energy and Climate Database
This database provides examples of communities that have taken steps to integrate energy and climate change issues into planning, states that have addressed climate change issues in plans or policies, and other relevant documents to help planners understand and address energy and climate change. You can search this database by region, state, type of planning tool, topic, time frame, scale, or community size, using the search options in the left-hand column. Results are sorted according to relevance. If you have too many or too few results returned, try narrowing or broadening your search parameters. Resources are regularly being added to this database, so check back periodically to find new resources.


Climate Equity Alliance Establishes Principles For Green Economic Reform (4/10/2009) http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/009729.html

Obama Adviser Hints at Compromise on Cap-and-Trade Emission Allowances (4/9/2009)

Obama climate pledges get cautious EU welcome (4/5/2009) http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE5340Z820090405

Economy Thwarts Regional Cap-And-Trade Plan on Climate (4/3/2009)

Inslee Energy Ideas are Integral Part of “Robust, Bold” Energy and Climate Legislation (4/3/2009) http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/97165

Report outlines possible effects of warming on California (4/2/2009)

House Climate Bill Aims to Please Environmental and Business Interests (4/1/09)

Hoyer leads Dems seeking forestry credits in emissions bill (3/27/2009)

Dems to shelve fast-track process on cap-and-trade bill, for now (03/23/2009)

Seeing the Forest for the Carbon – From Space (3/21/2009)

Wyden attacks Obama cap-and-trade revenue plan (3/11/2009)


A Federal Public Lands Agenda for the 21st Century
New realities are fundamentally changing the nature of public land management and use in the 21st Century. The warming global climate, unprecedented energy demand, and rapid growth and development in the West are among the major factors pushing changes on our public lands to an extent not seen since World War II. Indeed, demographic shifts and lifestyle changes affect everything from governance practices to the ways in which our public lands are valued and used. The report urges the new administration and Congress to consider a variety of options to improve public land management.

California Climate Action Team Report
The document, which officials called the “the ultimate picture to date” of global warming’s likely effect on California, consists of 37 research papers that examine an array of issues including water supply, air pollution and property losses.

FAO’s State of the World’s Forests 2009
 The dual challenges of economic turmoil and climate change are bringing the management of forests to the forefront of global interest. The report notes that the need to reform forestry institutions and increase investments in science and technology are key to the better management of forests.


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