"COPENHAGEN -- A plan to protect the world's biologically rich tropical forests by paying poor nations to protect them was shelved Saturday after world leaders failed to agree on a binding deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Burning trees to clear land for plantations or cattle ranches and logging forests for wood is blamed for about 20 percent of the world's emissions. That's as much carbon dioxide as all the world's cars, trucks, trains, planes and ships combined." The Associated Press had the story Dec. 19, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Saving tropical forests is crucial to fighting climate change but efforts to halt deforestation could go awry without safeguards to protect and compensate local communities, officials and academics said on Sunday. Forests act like 'lungs' of the atmosphere, soaking up large amounts of mankind's greenhouse gas emissions. Billions of people also rely on them for food and livelihoods. Paying developing nations to preserve forests is a central issue at U.N. climate talks in the Danish capital aimed at securing the outlines of tougher global deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions from 2013." David Fogarty and Sunanda Creagh report for Reuters Dec. 13, 2009.
"Over the weekend, environmentalists howled as short-term targets were stripped from a forest plan at the U.N. climate talks over complaints that rich nations weren’t offering developing countries financing. In the latest draft of the forest plan, the short-term targets are back, with the caveat that any bold action would have to be backed up by financing." Michael Casey reports on AP's Climate Pool Dec. 14, 2009.