(February 15, Comment deadline April 29)
U.S. Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service has released and is seeking public comment on the proposed 2012 Planning Rule Directives, the key set of agency guidance documents that will direct implementation of the 2012 Planning Rule.
The proposed directives will help the Forest Service achieve the vision articulated in the 2012 Planning Rule – to protect and restore National Forests and Grasslands for the benefit of communities, natural resources and the environment. The Agency’s intent is to ensure an adaptive land management planning process that is inclusive, efficient, collaborative and science-based to promote healthy, resilient, diverse and productive national forests and grasslands.
As nurseryman, David Milarch, and his sons became concerned about the condition of the world’s forests, they planned to restore ancient forests with genetically created tree clones. Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a non-profit group, have developed methods to produce genetic copies of the world’s strongest tress. In recent years, they have focused on towering sequoias and redwoods, considering them best suited to absorb massive volumes of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas primarily responsible for climate change.
The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), one of the world’s most influential international development and environment policy research organisations, has faulted a general agricultural approach to addressing climate change and its impact on food production. According to the independent, non-profit organization, agricultural policies should be drafted to suit specific needs after putting into consideration geological landmarks, climate variations and other factors.
“Current policy narratives limit climate resilience in world’s dry regions,” the organisation said in a report released on Friday titled ‘Current policy narratives limit climate resilience in world’s dry regions’. It added that partial narratives that underpin policy-making prevent people in dry regions from fulfilling their potential to provide food and sustain resilient livelihoods in a changing climate.
Connect4Climate (C4C), a global partnership program dedicated to climate change, has set out to engage a broader and more diverse audience. Their aim is to convene different organisations, groups and individuals who wouldn’t normally speak to one another, around the table to talk about climate change. C4C has chosen to prioritize capacity building and creative cross-sector collaboration.
Tare three prevailing truths that shape the work they do: the first is that there have been far too may COP summits. C4C are now heading towards COP19, without a binding global deal on climate. The second is that no one group has the silver bullet to address climate change. Lastly, no single organisation has nearly enough resources to tackle the issue on their own.
The Energy Collective
The U.S. was the largest emitter carbon dioxide (CO2) until 2006 when China’s emissions exceeded the U.S. U.S. CO2 emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels peaked in 2007 and have declined significantly over the past five years. Recent Federal regulations, including the EPAct 2005, EISA 2007, and the ARRA 2009 (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Research and Investment section), have successfully supported the expansion of many renewables and significant energy efficiency improvements. Besides funding increased R&D of renewables and alternatives to petroleum fuels, these regulations have provided substantial subsidies and loan support for commercial development of clean energy technologies. In addition, the Federal regulations expanded existing energy programs such as vehicle CAFE fuel efficiency standards and ‘renewable fuels standards’ that mandated biofuels blending.