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    Obama plans methane emissions cut to fight climate change

    2015 - 01.20

    US president Barack Obama is set to announce a new plan to cut methane emissions as part of the global fight against climate change.

    Mr Obama is aiming to reduce emissions from the burgeoning oil and gas industry by as much as 45 per cent in the next 10 years.

    White House officials told campaigners the aim will be to slash 2012 levels of emissions by 2025, reports the Guardian.

    David Doniger, director of the climate and clean air programme at the Natural Resources Defence Council, stated that this is “the largest opportunity to deal with climate pollution”.

    He added: “It is the largest thing left and it’s the most cost-effective thing they can do that they haven’t done already and all the signs are there that they intend to step forward on that”.

    Mr Obama previously pledged to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020, with a further target of a 26 per cent to 28 per cent reduction by 2025.

    The US president will soon visit India where he will discuss climate change with the country’s prime minister Narendra Modi. Mr Obama has made green issues one of his top priorities since entering the White House in 2009 and he is aiming to secure his legacy by the end of his term.

    Over a 20-year timescale, methane is thought to be 87 times more powerful as a dangerous greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

    Companies including Greenwood Management are aware of the importance of protecting the world’s forests and are already working to ensure that they are preserved and safeguarded against excessive deforestation.

    Korean star expands environmental preservation efforts in Brazil

    2015 - 01.07

    Korean pop icon, Seo Taiji, has confirmed that he is to expand his “Be the Green” environmental preservation efforts, by sending donations to the World Land Trust to allow for new trees to be planted across a vast swath of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

    Back in 2012, fans of the singer raised $35,000 to rename an area totalling almost five hectares of Brazil’s tropical rainforest as the Seo Taiji Forest, in order to mark the star’s 20th anniversary as a performer. This meant that 27,500 new trees could be purchased by the Trust and planted in the Guapi Assu area of the forest. This region is under constant environmental threat as a result of a lack of conservation efforts, and many wildlife species that live there are facing extinction.

    Now, the star has said that he will plan a further 5,000 trees in the area, creating the Seo Taiji Mania Forest, located next to the existing Seo Taiji Forest, in order to carry on building on the legacy started by his fanbase.

    Seo said: “It’s not about showing that good people like me, it’s about me becoming a good person by giving back to these good people.”

    Firms such as Greenwood Management, which are already working to protect Brazil’s precious natural resources, understand only too well the need to share with the world the importance of these forests and the threats they face.