WithOneSeed http://withoneseed.org.au Replenishing the planet Sun, 19 Jun 2016 13:30:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Carbon markets pick up after Paris Climate Conference http://withoneseed.org.au/carbon-markets-pick-paris-climate-conference/ Sun, 12 Jun 2016 14:00:06 +0000 http://withoneseed.org.au/?p=3925 A 2016 report on Green House Gas market sentiment conducted by IETA, a non-profit international business organisation established in 1999 to promote market based solutions to climate change, suggests that carbon markets will expand in scale as  result of the Paris Climate talks.…

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MTP_AM#2A 2016 report on Green House Gas market sentiment conducted by IETA, a non-profit international business organisation established in 1999 to promote market based solutions to climate change, suggests that carbon markets will expand in scale as  result of the Paris Climate talks.  A key finding of the survey is that 82% of survey respondents believe that existing carbon markets will expand in scale as a result of the Paris Agreement. This figure is up from 58% in 2015, showing that feelings are more positive post-Paris.

Carbon sequestration as a result of afforestation/reforestation activities in Timor Leste could lead to the delivery of a number of the Sustainable Development Goals according to Andrew Mahar, co founder of WithOneSeed

The WithOneSeed program shows great potential for income generation for village based communities, but also reveal the extraordinary benefits to the subsistence communities through sustaining family life, providing community and economic development, and opening educational opportunities for farmers and their children.

The WithOneSeed Timor Leste project has embraced the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

WithOneSeed particularly helps realise the UN Goals by helping to:

  • end poverty and hunger and promote sustainable farming and lifelong learning
  • promote decent work, sustainable agricultural communities and economic growth
  • take action to combat climate change, manage forests and reverse land degradation
  • encourage global partnerships for sustainable development through relationships with Australian schools
  • empower women and children, and particularly girls, by increasing family income, facilitating children’s education and creating family job prospects.

Furthermore, WithOneSeed also embraces the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in strongly committing to:

  • the right to life, liberty and security of person
  • the right to work, to free choice of employment
  • the right to an adequate standard of living
  • the right to education
  • the right to full and free personal development available through community participation.

WithOneSeed will soon be offering for sale the first ever internationally certified carbon certificates generated from the new forests being planted in Baguia, Timor Leste.  These will be a limited edition and if you would like to register your interest email info@withoneseed.org.au

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Estimated social cost of climate change not accurate, Stanford scientists say http://withoneseed.org.au/estimated-social-cost-climate-change-not-accurate-stanford-scientists-say/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:17:34 +0000 http://withoneseed.org.au/?p=3890 By Ker Than The “social cost” of carbon dioxide emissions may not be $37 per ton, as estimated by a recent U.S. government study, but $220 per ton. A new study calculating the economic impacts of climate change shows the…

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The “social cost” of carbon dioxide emissions may not be $37 per ton, as estimated by a recent U.S. government study, but $220 per ton.

A new study calculating the economic impacts of climate change shows the costs of carbon dioxide emissions have been underestimated. (Image credit: Robert S. Donovan)

The economic damage caused by a ton of carbon dioxide emissions – often referred to as the “social cost” of carbon – could actually be six times higher than the value that the United States now uses to guide current energy regulations, and possibly future mitigation policies, Stanford scientists say.

A recent U.S. government study concluded, based on the results of three widely used economic impact models, that an additional ton of carbon dioxide emitted in 2015 would cause $37 worth of economic damages. These damages are expected to take various forms, including decreased agricultural yields, harm to human health and lower worker productivity, all related to climate change.

But according to a new study, published online this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, the actual cost could be much higher. “We estimate that the social cost of carbon is not $37 per ton, as previously estimated, but $220 per ton,” said study coauthor Frances Moore, a PhD candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources in Stanford’s School of Earth Sciences.

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WithOneSeed achieves Gold Standard certification http://withoneseed.org.au/withoneseed-achieves-gold-standard-certification/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:13:00 +0000 http://withoneseed.org.au/?p=3895 WithOneSeed has become the first ever internationally certified afforestation/reforestation program under the voluntary carbon market in Timor-Leste. The Gold Standard certification process has taken nearly two years and will mean the carbon stored in the trees planted in Baguia, Timor-Leste…

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WithOneSeed has become the first ever internationally certified afforestation/reforestation program under the voluntary carbon market in Timor-Leste. The Gold Standard certification process has taken nearly two years and will mean the carbon stored in the trees planted in Baguia, Timor-Leste will be able to be sold on the international market. It is project that the program will generate of 520,000 tonnes of carbon generating a potential $6m into the Baguia and Timor-Leste economy.

The first certificates will go on sale in the next month.  These will be unique in that they are the very first internationally certified ‘social carbon’ certificates available from Timor-Leste.  A call for an ‘expression of interest’ will made and people wishing to be involved in this exciting program will be able to register their interest.

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Government of Timor-Leste approves MOU with xpand Foundation http://withoneseed.org.au/government-timor-leste-approve-mou-xpand-foundation/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:00:08 +0000 http://withoneseed.org.au/?p=3878 The Democratic Republic of Timor Leste and xpand Foundation will sign an MOU that was recently approved by the Council of Ministers.  WithOneSeed co-founders Leopoldina Guterras and Andrew Mahar AM presented the WithOneSeed community forestry program to a Council of…

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The Democratic Republic of Timor Leste and xpand Foundation will sign an MOU that was recently approved by the Council of Ministers.  WithOneSeed co-founders Leopoldina Guterras and Andrew Mahar AM presented the WithOneSeed community forestry program to a Council of Ministers meeting chaired by H.E. Rui Maria de Araujo, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste.  The presentation explained how WithOneSeed will replant the forests of Baguia for environmental sustainability; build local village economies through putting an earned dollar in the pockets of subsistence farmers;  deliver practical, hands-on, education and training in agroforestry and permaculture and; create regional partnerships between Australia and Timor-Leste.

The prime purpose of the MOU is to address the issue of carbon rights.  An imperative of being able to sell carbon sequestered by the trees planted through the WithOneSeed program we needed certainty about the ownership of the carbon.  Currently in Timor-Leste there is no regulation or laws covering this issue. Hence the need for an MOU that will give certainty to potential carbon investors.

The MOU is a critical element of the Gold Standard certification which has also recently been completed.  The WithOneSeed program will see over 520,000 tonnes of carbon reduced from the atmosphere over the next 25 years.  This will generate over $5m into the Baguia and Timor-Leste economy.

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H.E. Estanislau da Silva, Minister for Economic Coordination and Agriculture with Andrew Mahar AM, co-founder WithOneSeed 

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A $4 million dollar insult to the scientific community http://withoneseed.org.au/lomborg-centre-politically-motivated-think-tank/ Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:52:52 +0000 http://withoneseed.org.au/?p=3794 Climate Council 17 04 2015 – The Australian Government today announced they would contribute $4m for Danish climate contrarian Bjorn Lomborg to establish a new “consensus centre” at the University of Western Australia. In the face of deep cuts to the…

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The Australian Government today announced they would contribute $4m for Danish climate contrarian Bjorn Lomborg to establish a new “consensus centre” at the University of Western Australia.

In the face of deep cuts to the CSIRO and other scientific research organisations, it’s an insult to Australia’s scientific community. Read more here.

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France urges Australia to keep climate commitment ahead of UN summit http://withoneseed.org.au/france-urges-australia-to-keep-climate-commitment-ahead-of-un-summit/ Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:39:02 +0000 http://withoneseed.org.au/?p=3790 The French government is urging Australia to stick to an international commitment to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels. Read more here.

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The French government is urging Australia to stick to an international commitment to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels. Read more here.

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A fact on carbon emissions http://withoneseed.org.au/a-fact-on-carbon-emissions/ Sat, 11 Apr 2015 22:56:59 +0000 http://withoneseed.org.au/?p=3786 Do you know that the internet releases around 830m tonnes of CO2 a year? Internet and other components of information communication and technology (ICT) industry annually produces more than 830 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas,…

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Do you know that the internet releases around 830m tonnes of CO2 a year?

Internet and other components of information communication and technology (ICT) industry annually produces more than 830 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas, and is expected to double by 2020, a new study has found.

Researchers from the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) and Bell Labs explain that the information communications and technology (ICT) industry, which delivers Internet, video, voice and other cloud services, produces about 2 per cent of global CO2 emissions – the same proportion as the aviation industry produces.

In the report published in journal Environmental Science & Technology, researchers said their projections suggest that ICT sector’s share in greenhouse gas emission is expected to double by 2020.

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School gardens improve students’ health and willingness to eat vegetables http://withoneseed.org.au/school-gardens-improve-students-health-and-willingness-to-eat-vegetables/ Thu, 02 Apr 2015 22:49:47 +0000 http://withoneseed.org.au/?p=3782 WithOneSeed runs an environment education week in Baguia Timor Leste annually. This year the focus of the week will be on the establishment of school gardens at the 35 schools in Baguia. Education focused on improving the health of students…

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WithOneSeed runs an environment education week in Baguia Timor Leste annually. This year the focus of the week will be on the establishment of school gardens at the 35 schools in Baguia. Education focused on improving the health of students and providing knowledge and skills in subsistence communities will be a goal of this work. Read more here.

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A fact on carbon emissions http://withoneseed.org.au/fact-on-carbon-emissions/ Sun, 15 Mar 2015 22:45:30 +0000 http://withoneseed.org.au/?p=3778 Do you know that over 1.2 trillion Giga bytes of data is currently being stored in data farms across the planet? This is projected to grow to 40 trillion gigabytes by 2020. That’s the amount of data IDC predicts will…

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Do you know that over 1.2 trillion Giga bytes of data is currently being stored in data farms across the planet? This is projected to grow to 40 trillion gigabytes by 2020. That’s the amount of data IDC predicts will be created by 2020. This growth is in part due to machines signing on to networks and the Internet. Machine Big Data is information processed by a digital machine or device operation. This type of information can seem overwhelming considering just how many machines or devices a company may have online or within an internal network. Companies set the parameters and schedule processing to record events and state changes. Capturing this information can provide amazing value for enterprises who know how to handle it.

Replenish the planet with everything you do. Read more here.

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Quantifying the impact of climate change http://withoneseed.org.au/3775/ Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:41:11 +0000 http://withoneseed.org.au/?p=3775 New report from the Climate Council New ground-breaking scientific research in 2014 can now tell us just how much of an influence climate change has on a single heatwave or heat records. Read more here.

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New report from the Climate Council

New ground-breaking scientific research in 2014 can now tell us just how much of an influence climate change has on a single heatwave or heat records. Read more here.

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