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World's largest sovereign wealth fund takes stand against deforestation

World's largest sovereign wealth fund takes stand against deforestation | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it
Norway's Government Pension Fund Global — the world's largest sovereign wealth fund — is adopting standards to avoid investing in companies linked to tropical deforestation, sending a strong signal that forest destruction is not an acceptable...
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‘Forest 500’ Ranks Firms’ Deforestation Policies

‘Forest 500’ Ranks Firms’ Deforestation Policies | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it
Only six major companies — Danone, Kao Corp., Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser Group, Unilever and HSBC — and one investor, banking and financial services giant HSBC, have comprehensive policies in place to protect tropical forests, according to Global Canopy Programme.

The tropical forest think tank today launched its Forest 500, which ranks 250 companies, 150 investors and 50 governments’ efforts to remove deforestation from commodity supply chains on a scale of one to five. Together, these 500 control the global supply chains of key “forest risk commodities” such as soya, palm oil, beef, leather, timber, pulp and paper that have an annual trade value of more than $100 billion and are found in more than 50 percent of packaged products in supermarkets.
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Timberland in Institutional Investment Portfolios: Can Significant Investment Reach Emerging Markets?

This FAO study aims to reveal barriers and opportunities to investments in timber production assets in developing countries. It surveys 42 investment decision makers in North America and Europe, collectively representing US$36 billion in forestry investments. It finds that investors: invest in forestry as a means of diversification and inflation hedging; seek forest investments that can be certified as sustainably managed; and do not invest in forest-based business such as processing and manufacturing. The study also highlights the importance of investment policies and conditions at the country level to attract investment capital.

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'Peak timber' concerns in tropics

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Current tropical timber harvesting practices are not sustainable and nations should consider the implications of "peak timber", a study suggests.

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Tropical forests may be vanishing even faster than previously thought

Tropical forests may be vanishing even faster than previously thought | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

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According to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, recent years have seen “decreasing deforestation rates and increased afforestation” — and thus, less carbon dioxide pouring into to the atmosphere from this source. Similarly, a 2010 report from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization found that while 16 million hectares of forest per year were lost in the 1990s, only 13 million per year were lost in the 2000s. It noted in particular that two countries that have seen major tropical deforestation — Brazil and Indonesia — “have significantly reduced their rate of loss.”

But according to a new study just out in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the U.N. has it wrong. The study, by the University of Maryland, College Park, geographer Do-Hyung Kim and two colleagues, uses satellite imagery to examine how tropical forests in particular are faring. And their answer is far from heartening.

“Our estimates indicate a 62% acceleration in net deforestation in the humid tropics from the 1990s to the 2000s,” write the authors.

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Amazon forest more resilient to climate change than feared

Amazon forest more resilient to climate change than feared | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

The Amazon rainforest is less vulnerable to die off because of global warming than widely believed because the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide also acts as an airborne fertilizer, a study showed on Wednesday.


The boost to growth from CO2, the main gas from burning fossil fuels blamed for causing climate change, was likely to exceed damaging effects of rising temperatures this century such as drought, it said.


"I am no longer so worried about a catastrophic die-back due to CO2-induced climate change," Professor Peter Cox of the University of Exeter in England told Reuters of the study he led in the journal Nature. "In that sense it's good news."

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Sydney Huang's curator insight, November 21, 2013 4:32 PM

I.D. The Amazon rainforest is less vulnerable to die off.

 

S.D. The Amazon rainforest is less vulnerable to die off because of global warming than widely believed because the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide also acts as an airborne fertilizer.

S.D. The boost to growth from CO2, the main gas from burning fossil fuels blamed for causing climate change, was likely to exceed damaging effects of rising temperatures this century such as drought, it said.

 

 

 

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Study finds logging of tropical forests needn't devastate environment

Study finds logging of tropical forests needn't devastate environment | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Harvesting tropical forests for timber may not be the arch-enemy of conservation that it was once assumed to be, according to a new study led by a University of Florida researcher.

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