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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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Conference Call: After the Kyoto Protocol

Going Global on Climate Change

The recently introduced Climate Security Act changes the dynamics of America’s role in worldwide global warming negotiations. Our National Climate Campaign Director Steve Cochran filled us in on the breaking news on the bill, which is in Congressional hearings right now. The bill, introduced by Senators Lieberman (ID-CT) and Warner (R-VA), is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by 18% by 2020, using the cap-and-trade market mechanisms we have been advocating.

Fred Krupp led the discussion on how these latest developments in Washington fit into Environmental Defense plans for the upcoming Bali meeting on the next international global warming agreement (post-2012 when the Kyoto Protocol expires.) International Counsel Annie Petsonk and International Program Co-Director Steve Schwartzman shared those strategies and responded to questions from the audience.


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