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Climate News Roundup: NYT & WSJ

Warming Revives Flora and Fauna in Greenland — NY Times. “But now that the climate is warming, it is not just old trees that are growing. A Greenlandic supermarket is stocking locally grown cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage this year for the first time. Eight sheep farmers are growing potatoes commercially. Five more are experimenting with vegetables. And Kenneth Hoeg, the region’s chief agriculture adviser, says he does not see why southern Greenland cannot eventually be full of vegetable farms and viable forests.”

  • Would have been useful to note that vegetation/trees absorb much more of the sun’s heat than either ice or ground covered in snow.

Indonesia Seeks Allies for Pay-for-Forests Plan

The environment minister of Indonesia, Rachmat Witoelar, said earlier this month that he wanted rich countries to pay up to $20 a hectare, or 2.47 acres, to preserve its dwindling forests.

At the meeting this week, Indonesia began mobilizing countries like Brazil, Mexico, Congo, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, which with Indonesia contain most of the world’s rain forests.

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Indonesia has been spearheading the discussion on climate change among developing nations since it offered the venue for the December conference, which aims to solidify a new global climate deal before the 1997 Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. Many world leaders are expected to join the tens of thousands attending the conference in Bali.

But in its efforts to lead the debate, Indonesia has also opened up its own environmental record to scrutiny. A World Bank report released this year cited Indonesia as one of the top three emitters of greenhouse gases, mostly because of rampant cutting of its forests, persistent wildfires and cultivation of its carbon-rich peat bogs.

Also, the Wall Street Journal has published a series on global warming, energy, and the emerging solutions (green building, alternative fuels, venture capitalists). Not bad stuff — for the WSJ.