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Tree rings, water isotopes and the Amazon hydrological cycle

A new project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council will improve our understanding of past and ongoing changes to the hydrological cycle in the Amazon. The project will combine novel and existing data, with complimentary modelling techniques to understand ongoing and past trends of the Amazon hydrological cycle in order to help predict what to expect in the future.

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Solar powered LED lighting versus kerosene wick lamps

Premier Farnell has embarked on an innovative initiative to provide solar powered LED lighting to remote villages in Tanzania. Working with UBoC, Fauna and Flora International and the Tongwe Trust, the Leeds-based electronics distributor has developed lighting kits which will provide an environmentally friendly, cost saving alternative to kerosene fuel based lighting currently used by the local communities.

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UBoC launches new carbon calculator to offset travel emissions

We at UBoC would like to encourage everyone to reduce their carbon-intensive travel but sometimes travel whether it is for business or pleasure is unavoidable. Now however, there is a quick and easy way to invest in long-term, socially and environmentally sound emission reductions to offset your travel emissions.

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REDD+ can achieve global mitigation and local livelihoods! Evidence from dryland Kenya

Reducing Emissions from avoided Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) is globally supported as a cost-effective climate program suitable for developing countries where emissions from deforestation is rampant yet with forest dependent livelihoods and economies. Through private-public funds and institutional support negotiated both within and outside the UNFCCC (decision 1/CP.16; decision 2/CP 17), REDD+ is expected to accomplish global goals of avoided greenhouse gas emissions in developing counties and local expectations of livelihoods and well being (appendix 1/CP.16).

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