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Making biomass work
Matt Williams, Climate Change Policy Officer I was embarrassingly proud today when I was quoted for the first time as an RSPB climate change policy officer. The article was published on my birthday too, which is a nice treat. My statement is in an article related to biomass, which Government hopes...
7 Sep 2012
Angels hosting climate talks
John Lanchbery from the Bangkok UN climate meeting The UN climate talks in Bangkok are drawing to a close. After running straight through the weekend, typically for at least twelve hours each day, everyone is feeling a bit tired now. This is not helped by the fact that, as the guide books say, Bangkok...
5 Sep 2012
Lab chops for supper, gentlemen?
Further thoughts on food and climate from Heather Ducharme, RSPB Senior Climate Change Policy Officer Our summer issue of Birds magazine featured an article on ‘shopping for sun bears’ – charming inhabitants of tropical forests in south-east Asia that are menaced by forest clearance...
3 Sep 2012
RSPB welcomes Drax move to abandon forest-burner plant
Drax have today announced that they are abandoning plans for a huge biomass power plant in Yorkshire that alone would have consumed about 1.9 million tonnes of wood each year. See here for the story. The RSPB welcomes this announcement as good news for wildlife and good news for the climate, and are...
22 Feb 2012
Closing up the loopholes
Here's our very own Mel Coath being interviewed by OneWorld TV talking about why termperate and boreal forests are important in the fight against climate change and how they need to protected as part of any future deal.
8 Dec 2011
Update from Durban and Why we need a climate deal by 2015 - video
As explained by John Lanchbery, who is in Durban for the RSPB doing his best to help get an effective deal to protect rainforests.
29 Nov 2011
Panama: hats, canals and, lately, climate negotiations
Posted by Melanie Coath, Senior Climate Policy Officer, from Panama at the latest Climate talks. I've just arrived in hot sticky Panama City for the latest set of climate change negotiations, together with my colleague John Lanchbery. These are the last set of negotiations before the big Ministerial...
4 Oct 2011
Cancun - Its a deal
Some good news at last! The UN climate talks in Cancun have ended in a deal which represent a small but significant step towards a global climate deal that keeps global climate change within ‘safe’ limits. In addition to some solid commitments, including a new green climate fund that...
12 Dec 2010
Help us give deforestation the REDD light
The climate negotiations in Cancun that begin in just 3 weeks aren't going to deliver the all singing, all dancing global climate deal we need. But they are an opportunity to bank the bits of progress we've seen since the Copenhagen fiasco and act as a stepping stone to success in the talks in...
15 Nov 2010
Turning a blind eye to illegal logging
If I import a lorry load of stolen bicycles, successfully slipping them through border control and into the country, I could still get into a lot of trouble with the police for being in possession of stolen goods. And rightly so. For every stolen good there is a crime that has been committed and a victim...
21 Sep 2010
From our own correspondent at the UN climate change talks
This week has seen the countries of the world back around the negotiating table, trying to drum out some of the details of what the next global agreement on climate change should look like. The RSPB has been there, reminding negotiators of their responsibilities to the world - humans and wildlife! ...
6 Aug 2010
Stop the scam in forest carbon accounting
Don’t get us wrong. The RSPB is absolutely behind efforts to revive the UN process and achieve a global climate treaty for 2012 and beyond. But there’s a scam at the heart of the negotiations, a scam that needs to be exposed if these talks are to produce anything worthwhile. What...
31 Mar 2010
It was good to see Ed Miliband, the UK's Secretary of State for Climate and Energy, when he arrived in the Bella centre yesterday. And that's not just because he is generally a champion of stronger action on climate. He also arrived with a couple of pieces of good news. But before we get...
12 Dec 2009
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