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Does the future of the Amazon rain forest lie in California?

Cutting and burning trees—particularly tropical rain forests—adds more global warming pollution to the atmosphere than all the world’s cars and trucks combined. Our goal is to slash carbon emissions by making sure that trees are worth more alive than dead.

For 10 years, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has supported the Kayapo Indians’ efforts to protect their Amazon rain forest home—the subject of this month’s National Geographic cover story. Join us to hear how EDF and partners are working to shape climate policies in California and around the world that will reward tropical forest countries for reducing deforestation.

Nat Keohane, EDF Vice President, International Climate

Steve Schwartzman, EDF Director, Tropical Forest Policy
Derek Walker, EDF Associate Vice President, U.S. Climate and Energy

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EDF Champions an Economic Solution for Safeguarding Rainforests

Dan Grossman Regional Director, EDF Rocky Mountain Office
Stephan Schwartzman, Director, EDF Tropical Forest Policy
Derek Walker, Director, EDF California Climate Initiative
Osvaldo Stella, Director of climate change, the Amazon Institute for Environmental Research (IPAM)

The destruction of tropical forests causes up to 20% of the world’s annual global warming emissions, and creates economic hardship for the indigenous people who depend on those forests to survive. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an approach championed by EDF that can establish economic incentives for tropical forest conservation.

Discover how REDD is not only safeguarding the environment and the livelihood of people in Brazil and Indonesia, but why it’s good news for the economy of California and other places closer to home.

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Special Insider Teleconference: California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 – 10:30-11:30am PDT

David Festa, Vice President, West Coast, EDF
Derek Walker, California Climate Initiative, EDF

With Special Guest:
Mary Nichols, Chairman, CARB

Governor Schwarzenegger signed the boldest global warming law in U.S. history, AB 32, less than 2 years ago. Since that time, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has been hard at work on a blueprint detailing how they will implement the landmark legislation. CARB released their final proposed blueprint – dubbed the “AB 32 Scoping Plan” – in early October. CARB chair Mary Nichols joined us to talk about the highlights and the role EDF is playing in the process.

This call was the second in a series of teleconference calls and communications EDF will be offering to keep you informed of new developments and progress on California’s ground-breaking Global Warming Solutions Act.

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Conference Call: AB 32 – Where the Rubber Meets the Road

“California’s air [resources] board [CARB] unveiled the nation’s most ambitious plan on June 26th to require cleaner cars and fuels, energy-efficient buildings and more electricity from the sun and wind to cut greenhouse gases in the state.” — San Francisco Chronicle, 6/27/08

Discussion on the implementation of AB 32, California’s landmark global warming legislation.

David Festa, Vice President, West Coast
Jim Marston, Senior Attorney and Regional Director
Derek Walker, Director, California Climate Initiative

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