Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Need more photosynthesis

Polar bear is melting in the middle of the Copenhagen city square. Pandas, trees, have also joined the Copenhagen climate talks. Russia has finally announced 25% emission cuts by 1990 levels. France would be pushing the EU to adopt a target of 30% for the reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, compared to 1990. 10% more emission cuts will be needed for EU to reach the IPCC estimates to keep 350 ppm CO2 limit.

Photosynthesis which we have studied in the very first science classes is in the middle of the debate. Trees were looked as only timber until very recent. But everyone now in love with the leaves with chlorophyll, which convert Carbon Dioxide to Carbohydrate after reacting with water. Countries in Europe have started loving trees in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and elsewhere. Africa, Asia and Latin America will allow the trees to do the photosynthesis if only there are money flows from the developed countries. Although this looks funny, Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation is (REDD). In the second day of the COP 15, many southern countries have urged REDD plus mechanism to put in place. Zambia urged to include carbon stock into the plans.

It will be part of the final deal. Yet there are criticisms that how the REDD will deal with the local people specially people living inside the Forest. The question is whether they will be benefited or it will result displacing them for the sake of forest conservation.

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