Author: Jesse Libra

Clean Cookstoves: challenges to black carbon mitigation in Asia

The residential sector is by far the biggest contributor to black carbon emissions due to high use of inefficient biomass burning cookstoves. If all households were to switch to stoves using liquefied natural gas by 2030, projected global black carbon

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For Peat’s Sake: Reducing Indonesia’s emissions through peatland conservation

Indonesia exported about 18 million metric tons of crude palm oil (CPO) in 2012, making it the world’s largest palm oil exporter. The palm oil industry is a major contributor to Indonesia’s economic development, especially in rural areas, and, as a

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Indonesia’s Forest Moratorium

In 2009, the Indonesian government made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent, with 87 percent of these reductions expected to come from land-use improvements. This commitment was quickly supported by the Norwegian government, which pledged $1

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Climate vs. Environment: Methane in Brazil’s Cattle Sector

Agriculture is big business in Brazil. The country is currently the largest global exporter of beef products, the second largest exporter of soybeans, and the fourth largest exporter of cotton and pork. Brazil’s agribusiness boom over the last 15 years

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China’s Coke Problem

Black carbon is a problematic short-lived climate forcer. While global emissions of black carbon are far lower than those of CO2, the sooty particulate matter has an approximate GWP20 of 2200, meaning its warming power is far more potent than

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Arctic black carbon, maritime trade, and ECA mitigation potential

  BLACK CARBON AND THE ARCTIC The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, an alarming fact that has the potential to accelerate sea-level rise, disrupt Arctic ecosystems, and upset ocean circulation patterns. The

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Brazil, CDM, and Biogas

Brazil has been actively taking advantage of the Clean Development Mechanism program. The country, which is responsible for developing the concept of CDMs, undertakes more CDM projects than any other Latin American country; globally only China and India have more.

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Managing Deforestation: Lessons from Brazil

Brazil is the third largest emitter in the developing world, but their emissions profile is unique; the majority of their emissions come from deforestation of the Amazon (estimates hover around 70%). In 2004, the Brazilian government implemented aggressive policies to

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