February 04, 2008

Did you know?

Apparently, the rain forests at or near the equator are being destroyed at a very rapid pace. We should be concerned because they are the 'lungs of the world' and they are shrinking as our ability to pollute the air and overload it with CO2 is increasing. But there's hope! The Europeans want to pay the poor equatorial countries not to cut down their forests.

That's the goal of the post-Bali talks, looking for ways to integrate forest preservation into the world's emerging "carbon trading" system. A government earning carbon credits for "avoided deforestation" could then sell them to a European power plant, for example, to meet its emission-reduction quota.

"These forests are the greatest global public utility," Britain's conservationist Prince Charles said in the lead-up to Bali. "As a matter of urgency we have to find ways to make them more valuable alive than dead."

Observed the World Wildlife Fund's Duncan Pollard, "Suddenly you have the whole world looking at deforestation."

I'm all for carbon caps and a trading system. The problem is, how do you get that money down to the guy who's cutting trees for a living and making $0.75 PER DAY? Love the macro idea, just want to see the mechanism to get that money down to the micro level.

As a side note, here are some other things that are shrinking:

  • The likelihood that I'll soon be taking a trip to The Betty. I kinda shit all over that idea yesterday at the Superbowl Fun Time Party/Intervention with some people who are no longer friends.
  • President Bush's relevance
  • Senator John Cornyn's ability to stand up like real Senator instead of a coward
  • Y'all have a goodun'!

    Posted by mcblogger at February 4, 2008 11:57 AM

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