1) Research/Publication on Climate Change and Forestry
2) Climate Change News
3) Climate Change Info & Events
4) Job Opportunities
5) Websites of interest:

No. 10/2001

17 September 2001


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1) Research/Publication on Climate Change and Forestry


"Renting Carbon Offsets: the Question of Permanence" by Roger A. Sedjo, Gregg Marland, Kristy Fruit, August 20, 2001

How to address the problem that carbon sequestered in the terrestrial biosphere may lack permanence has been hotly debated. In this paper, the authors argue: "Just as a space can be rented to provide for the temporary parking of a car, space could be rented for parking carbon."

The paper describes a system whereby carbon emission credits would be rented, rather than sold, when carbon is sequestered but permanence of sequestration is either not certain or not desired. A rental contract can allow the `buyer/renter' to enjoy the limited term benefits of the asset while the `seller/host' retains long-term discretion.

The authors argues that "the effect of renting carbon on an individual project basis should increase total global carbon sequestration. ... In a world where there are incentives (payments) for carbon sequestration services we would expect more sequestration to be provided at any future time than if no payments were being made".

The paper can be downloaded from http://www.weathervane.rff.org/features/feature136.htm


2) Climate Change News


Heating Up the Globe? See You in Court September 7 (New York Times Service/IHT)

New England, Eastern Canada Pledge Action on Climate Change August 30 (ENS)


Officials, Others Meet To Discuss "Environmental Market"

5 September (UN Wire)


Let's Be Sensible and Slow Global Warming Down (IHT)


3) Climate Change Info & Events


- Conference on "International Climate Policy after COP6"

Venue: the Hamburg Institute in Hamburg, Germany

Dates: September 24th to 26th., 2001.

The conference will cover topics as:

* international flexibility in current climate policy,
* foundations of an efficient global climate regime,
* long-term integration of developing countries,
* the role of pro-active stakeholders
* the way ahead for climate policy after COP 6

The conference is hosted in co-operation of the Hamburg Institute, the Hamburg University and the Hamburgische Electricitäts-Werke AG (HEW).

The programme of the conference as well as registration forms are available on website www.hwwa.de/climate.htm Also, there will be a two-day Ph.-D. workshop directly following the conference.

For further questions, contact: [email protected] or +49-40-42834479 Sonja Butzengeiger
[from climate-l list]

- Indo-Australian Bilateral Meet on CDM organized by TERI (Tata Energy Research Institute)

Venue: Gulmohar, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Dates: 11th and 12th September, 2001

The meet is a collaborative effort of International GreenHouse Gas Partnerships Office (IGPO) of the Government of Australia and Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India.

The two day event will consist of different sessions ranging from renewable energy, energy efficiency, forestry & sequestration, vehicular/transport technology and operational issues for possible private and bilateral partnerships under CDM framework. The sessions will be substantiated with presentations from both Australian and Indian business organisations along with discussions on various issues. Further, the two-day meet will also help in establishing private sector partnerships for CDM type of projects in India under various fields as mentioned before.

There is no registration fees for participating in the workshop, but due to limited seating arrangement, participation will be considered on a case to case basis.

Hence, if any one interested to attend the same can get in touch with Chintan Shah, with the below mentioned details through e-mail or fax.

- Name & Designation
- Organisation Name
- Type of Organisation (Industry, Research, etc.)
- Address
- E-mail contacts
- Phone/Fax

[from climate-l list]

- The 5th Annual Fall Meeting & International Conference of the Emissions Marketing Association (EMA)

Venue: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA.

Dates: September 30-October 2, 2001

The Emissions Marketing Association (EMA), a non-for-profit international membership organization, is focused on promoting market-based trading solutions for environmental management.

Some of the topics that will be addressed at this meeting include: Linkages Between Energy & Climate Policy, Perspective On What To Expect At COP-7, Voluntary CO2 Commitments/GHG Trading Pilots, NOx and SO2 Emissions Trading Trends, etc.

Go to the EMA website at www.emissions.org for all of the EMA Fall Meeting & International Conference information.

[from climate-l]


4) Job Opportunities


- Scientist Position for an Integrated quantification of the European carbon budget

The CarboEurope Cluster offers a Position for a Scientist to perform an integrated quantification of the European carbon budget. CarboEurope is a Cluster of European research projects which aims to quantify the carbon balance of the European continent by a dual constraint approach.

This combines bottom-up predictions made from ground-based measurements and models with top-down verification by atmospheric measurements and inverse models. More information can be found at http://www.bgc-jena.mpg.de/public/carboeur/. The successful candidate will assist in quantifying the carbon budget of the European continent by the upscaling of local process measurements, carbon inventories and eddy flux data and by a synthesis of literature data.

A close collaboration with the modelling efforts of the projects in the CarboEurope Cluster and with the CarboEurope Steering Committee will be essential. The position is a key element within the CarboEurope Cluster to achieve a dual constraint estimate of the European carbon budget. Therefore, the candidate should have a broad knowledge of the terrestrial carbon cycle, and good modelling and communication skills. The position is a fixed-term contract for two years.

The successful candidate can decide with which CarboEurope institution the position is located: Alterra - Wageningen/The Netherlands or LSCE-CNRS - Gif sur Yvette/France or Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry - Jena/Germany or University of Tuscia - Viterbo/Italy or a mix. Salary range will follow the local rules and will hence depend on the institution(s) of choice.

Please email to Annette Freibauer ([email protected] ) or Han Dolman ([email protected] ) if you are interested in further details.

Please send your application to

CarboEurope Cluster - European Office
Annette Freibauer
Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry
P.O. Box 10 01 64
07701 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 686 726
Fax: +49 3641 686 710
E-mail: [email protected]


5) Websites of interest:


- Report of the workshop "Building a low Carbon future: the role of governments, business and NGOs" is now available: http://www.riia.org/Research/eep/eep.html.

The Building a Low Carbon Future workshop was held in June 2001, a crucial point in time for international climate policy. This facilitated discussion meeting was jointly organised by the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA), the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The workshop brought together experts from government, industry, think tanks and NGOs from North America and Europe. The discussions were focussed on building a shared transatlantic understanding of the challenges facing society when shifting to a low carbon economy, and the different roles that individual businesses, business groups, NGOs and governments can play in overcoming these challenges.

- B-SPAN, the World Bank's webcasting station on development issues.

To visit B-SPAN, go to http://www.worldbank.org/wbi/B-SPAN.

B-SPAN offers anyone with access to the Internet an opportunity to see policy seminars and presentations that are held regularly at the World Bank. These presentations, by leading experts from around the world, are held on a variety of sustainable development and poverty reduction issues. Though interested individuals and Bank staff are often not able to attend these live events, these presentations are still available for later viewing as they become part of B-SPAN's permanent archive. A new website has been started to archive the video materials for future viewing. Over time, the B-SPAN website will become a virtual library of information on development and poverty issues.

Climate Change: A Challenge for the 21st Century

[from INFOTERRA http://www.cedar.at/unep/infoterra/index.html]


Thank you for your inputs for this issue: Annette Freibauer.


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