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How dirty is your data?

Information Technology (IT) is disruptive. Largely for the better, IT has disrupted the way we travel, communicate, conduct business, produce, socialise and manage our homes and lives. This disruptive ability has the potential to reduce our dependence on dirty energy and make society cleaner, more efficient and powered renewably. But as we applaud the positive, visible impacts and measurable, game-changing potential of IT, we also need to pay attention to what’s behind the curtain.

Blue Carbon: The Role of Healthy Oceans in Binding Carbon

A new Rapid Response Assessment report released 14 October 2009 at the Diversitas Conference, Cape Town Conference Centre, South Africa. Compiled by experts at GRID-Arendal and UNEP in collaboration with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UNESCO International Oceanographic Commissions and other institutions, the report highlights the critical role of the oceans and ocean ecosystems in maintaining our climate and in assisting policy makers to mainstream an oceans agenda into national and international climate change initiatives

Forests in the Balance Sheet: Lessons from Developed Country Land Use Change and Forestry Greenhouse Gas Accounting & Reporting

Florence Daviet and Lauren Goers, with Kemen Austin | Working Paper: December, 2009

WRI working papers contain preliminary research, analysis, findings, and recommendations. They are circulated to stimulate timely discussion and critical feedback and to influence ongoing debate on emerging issues. Most working papers are eventually published in another form and their content may be revised.

Counting the Cash: Elements of a Framework for the Measurement, Reporting and Verification of Climate Finance

Remi Moncel, Hilary McMahon, and Kirsten Stasio | Working Paper: December, 2009

WRI working papers contain preliminary research, analysis, findings, and recommendations. They are circulated to stimulate timely discussion and critical feedback and to influence ongoing debate on emerging issues. Most working papers are eventually published in another form and their content may be revised.

Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation

International Day for Biological Diversity 2010

Concerned by the continued loss of biological diversity, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB). The year coincides with the target adopted by governments in 2002 to achieve, by 2010, signi cant reduction in the current rate of loss of biodiversity.

Sustaining life on Earth

How the Convention on Biological Diversity promotes nature and human well-being. The natural environment provides the basic conditions without which humanity could not survive.

Biological diversity – the variability of life on Earth – is the key to the ability of the biosphere to continue providing us with these ecological goods and services and thus is our species’ life assurance policy.

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

TEEB is an initiative to draw attention to the global economic benefits of biodiversity and the costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation.

Harnessing Nature’s Power: Deploying and Financing On-Site Renewable Energy

Timothy Hassett with Karin Borgerson, March, 2009

This report offers strategies and approaches that can be valuable to a wide range of firms looking at potential investments, contracts, and facility operational decisions regarding use of renewable energy. It provides guidance on how to consider the choice to finance or purchase renewable technologies for use on corporate facilities and advice on where to go for further information.

Water Trading Quality Programs: An International Overview Share

Mindy Selman, March, 2009

Water quality trading is gaining traction in a number of watersheds around the world. It is a market-based approach that works alongside water quality regulation to improve water quality, providing flexibility in how regulations are met and potentially lowering regulatory compliance and abatement costs. Our research identified 57 water quality trading programs worldwide. Of these, 26 are active, 21 are under consideration or development, and 10 are inactive or are completed pilots with no plans for future trades. The majority of programs were located in the United States, with only six programs existing outside the United States—four in Australia, one in New Zealand, and one in Canada.

Green and Mean: Can the U.S. Economy Be Both Climate Friendly and Competitive?

Rob Bradley, March 10, 2009

Testimony of Mr. Rob Bradley Director, International Climate Policy Initiative World Resource Institute. Hearing before the commission security and cooperation in Europe: “Green and Mean: Can the U.S. Economy Be Both Climate Friendly and Competitive?”

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