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Norway Seeks to Slow Deforestation as Climate "First Aid"

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* Norway to step up short-term fixes for global warming * Says "first aid" needed before global deal kicks in

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JL A (281)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 8:40 pm
Norway seeks to slow deforestation as climate "first aid"

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:42 GMT

Source: reuters // Reuters

Workers carry a log after cutting it in a forest owned by state-owned forestry enterprise Perhutani, in Jombang, Indonesia's East Java province, on June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas

* Norway to step up short-term fixes for global warming

* Says "first aid" needed before global deal kicks in

OSLO, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Norway, which has led developed nations by investing billions of dollars to slow tropical deforestation, announced plans on Wednesday to step up its efforts as part of "first aid" to slow climate change.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, whose country is rich thanks to offshore oil and gas, said new measures to slow global warming were needed now because a new U.N.-led climate deal is due to be agreed only in 2015 and enter into force from 2020.

"In the meantime we must give the climate first aid," he told a news conference.

"The government will step up its efforts to slow deforestation and work to cut emissions that give the greatest climate effect in the shortest time," he said. Stoltenberg did not, however, announce fresh investments or targets.

Deforestation, often clearing land for farms, accounts for about 17 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from human sources. Forests, from the Congo to the Amazon, soak up carbon dioxide from the air as they grow and release it when they rot or burn.

Norway has been the most generous nation in giving aid to slow tropical deforestation with annual investments worth $500 million in recent years, funded from its own vast fossil fuel revenues.

It has $1 billion programmes in both Brazil and Indonesia and smaller projects in nations including Guyana and Tanzania.

Stoltenberg said that other fast-acting measures that would qualify as first aid included cuts in industrial emissions of soot and methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, and reductions in subsidies for the use of fossil fuels.

Oil Change International, an environmental group campaigning for a shift towards cleaner energies such as solar or wind power, estimates that fossil fuel subsidies worldwide will reach $775 billion in 2012.

It also estimates that Norway itself handed out almost $700 million in fossil fuel subsidies last year.

U.N.-led talks in Qatar this month ended with a deal to extend the Kyoto Protocol, a weak pact that sets greenhouse gas goals for industrialised nations, until 2020.

That unblocked talks on the new, worldwide deal meant to be sealed in 2015. But world greenhouse gas emissions are rising, led by growth in emerging economies such as China and India. (Reporting By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent; Editing by Michael Roddy)

Joe R (190)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 9:14 am
Love those Norwegians!

JL A (281)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 9:41 am
Do I detect a Minnesota bias and defense? You cannot currently send a star to Joe because you have done so within the last week.

Roger G (154)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 3:21 pm
noted, thanks !

JL A (281)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 6:28 pm
You are welcome Roger!

De D (96)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 10:11 pm
Good going Norway!

Pogle S (88)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 12:53 am
I'm glad that at least one rich nation is taking global warming seriously and trying to offset its own use and sales of fossil fuels that actually increase greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 1:00 am
Good news, now all other countries follow in their footsteps!

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 1:07 am
Well done Norway!!But what about whale slaughtering???

Robert O (12)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 1:24 am
Thank you.

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 1:59 am
Go Norway

Bette M (91)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 4:32 am
Good for Norway!!!

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

. (0)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 12:21 pm
At least they're doing something right.

Colleen L (3)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 1:32 pm
Good for them. People are the power. Thanks J. L.

Luna Lockwood (5)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 3:15 pm
Jean-Jacques Rousseau put it best when he said, "You are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody."

JL A (281)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 7:44 pm
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paul m (93)
Friday December 28, 2012, 5:52 am

Should be everywhere,,,,

Ro H (0)
Friday December 28, 2012, 7:40 am

Muriel Servaege (53)
Friday December 28, 2012, 2:48 pm
They should slow deforestation, they should stop it. But, at last, they're doing something valuable.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 2:52 pm

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Wednesday January 2, 2013, 4:32 pm
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