|Indigenous Peoples Set To Deliver Kari-Oca II Declaration To Rio+20 LeadersThursday, 21 June 2012 | Indigenous Peoples 4 Mother Earth @ Rio+20|
Indigenous Peoples will march to the United Nations Rio+20 Summit tomorrow to deliver the historic Kari-Oca II Declaration to the Rio+20 Secretary-General, Sha Zukang.
Ratified by over five hundred Indigenous Peoples from Brazil and throughout the world, the Kari-Oca II declaration demands...
|Carbon trading, REDD+ and the push for pricing forestsTuesday, 19 June 2012 | Carbon Trade Watch|
How was carbon trading created?
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was created at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992, and entered into force two years later, when governments began international negotiations to address climate change...
|Rio+20: Indigenous Peoples Denounce Green Economy And REDD+ As Privatization Of NatureTuesday, 19 June 2012 | Indigenous Peoples 4 Mother Earth @ Rio+20|
RIO DE JANEIRO – Indigenous Peoples of the world participating in Rio+20 denounce that the Green Economy and REDD+ privatize nature, sell the air we breathe and destroy the future.
Indigenous Peoples´ powerful message to the United Nations summit is eloquently conveyed in the No...
|Stop the Takeover of Nature by Financial MarketsTuesday, 19 June 2012 | La Antena and AttacTV|
Twenty years after the Earth Summit in Rio (Brazil), environmental damage has continued accelerating, inequalities have widened and the ongoing crises undermine democracy. It is in this context that the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as “Rio+20”,...
|Open Letter about the Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SEFA)Tuesday, 19 June 2012 | Biofuelwatch|
[To sign the Open Letter, please send an email with your organisation's name and country to firstname.lastname@example.org ]
OPEN LETTER: Sustainable Energy for All Initiative- Using poverty and climate change as excuses to increase corporate profits from...
|Castles in the Air: The Spanish State, public funds and the EU-ETSTuesday, 05 June 2012 | Carbon Trade Watch|
New research reveals that the windfall profits gained in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) by the top eight polluters in Spain were mostly from the steel and cement industries. The report critiques the inconsistencies in the Spanish State’s climate plan and its continuous...
|Alerta Verde 164: REDDes que atrapan todoTuesday, 05 June 2012 | Accion Ecologica|
Acción Ecológica, Oilwatch Sudamérica y Carbon Trade Watch
Durante décadas los pueblos alrededor del mundo han luchado para proteger y custodiar sus territorios ancestrales, mientras que el sistema económico, dependiente de actividades...
|Ephemera May 2012: The atmosphere businessTuesday, 05 June 2012 | ephemeraweb.org|
ephemera: theory & politics in organization
volume 12, number 1/2
The atmosphere business
Issue editors: Steffen Böhm, Anna-Maria Murtola and Sverre Spoelstra
The contributions collected in this special issue of ephemera question the underlying ideologies and...
|Wind Farms on “Our Copacabana”: The Wind Industry Experiment in Northeastern BrazilMonday, 21 May 2012 | Keith Brower Brown|
NEW REPORT REVEALS OPPOSITION AGAINST THE DEVELOPMENT OF LARGE SCALE WIND FARMS IN BRAZIL ONE MONTH AHEAD OF RIO+20
Last month, Brazil's Energy Minister Edison Lobão and the CEO of German wind power giant Fuhrlander joined to lay the bricks for the company's wind...
|Nothing Neutral Here: Large-scale biomass subsidies in the UK and the role of the EU ETSSunday, 13 May 2012 | Carbon Trade Watch|
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|No more evictions! Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala in defence of nature, lands and territoriesFriday, 20 April 2012 | Lazar Konforti and Joanna Cabello|
On March 27th 2012, several thousand people marched into the Guatemalan capital in solidarity with the struggles of the indigenous farmers and landless workers who had made the 214-kilometre, nine day journey along the highway from the town of Cobán on foot. The main objective...
|Winning the greenwashing race: BP sponsoring the 2012 Olympic gamesMonday, 16 April 2012 | Carbon Trade Watch|
April 16th marks the 100 day countdown to the start of the Olympics:
100 days for some of the world’s most disreputable corporations – like
Rio Tinto, Dow and BP – to keep using the Olympics as a smokescreen for
environmental and human rights abuses the world over. The list...
|What is the Kyoto Protocol? A refresher for 2012Tuesday, 28 February 2012 | Carbon Trade Watch|
The Kyoto Protocol will complete its commitment period at the end of 2012, the same year RIO+20 will meet to hammer out another chapter of neoliberal green economics. But what was built from Kyoto and how will Kyoto continue? CTW has put together a short review outlining what the Kyoto Protocol...
|Fueling green capitalism: Big Oil and greenwashingTuesday, 28 February 2012 | Selçuk Balamir|
Recently in the aisles of a supermarket, I came across what I believe to be a children’s toy. Priced at €5,99 and produced in China, it was a scale model of a wind turbine, cast in plastic and working with two (included) AAA batteries. The packaging depicted lush green...
|Paying the Polluters: EU emissions trading and the new corporate electricity subsidiesTuesday, 28 February 2012 | Carbon Trade Watch and Corporate Europe Observatory|
A proposed reform to the European Commission’s State Aid rules will allow member states to compensate industry for increases in electricity charges incurred as a result of the Emissions Trading System (ETS). Already, the UK Government has committed to covering these costs...
|Open Letter to the CBD - Call for signaturesFriday, 27 January 2012 | Acción Ecológica|
Acción Ecológica is launching a call to collect signatures for the following letter, which will be presented to the participants in the Global Dialogue Seminar on Scaling Up Finance for Biodiversity, co-hosted by the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Governments of...
|Indigenous Peoples Condemn Climate Talks Fiasco and Demand Moratoria on REDD+Tuesday, 13 December 2011 | Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities against REDD and for Life|
Indigenous leaders returning from Durban, South Africa condemn the fiasco of the United Nations climate change talks and demand a moratorium on a forest carbon offset scheme called REDD+ which they say threatens the future of humanity and Indigenous Peoples’ very survival. During the UN...
|Indigenous Peoples Call for a Moratorium on REDD+ Tuesday, 06 December 2011 | Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities against REDD and for Life|
Berenice Sanchez, MesoAmerican Indigenous Womens BioDiversity Network, Mexico, said, “The supposed safeguards are voluntary, weak and hidden in the Annex. REDD+-type projects are already violating Indigenous Peoples’ rights throughout the world. We are here to demand an immediate...
|No REDD popular education blog!Thursday, 01 December 2011 | Carbon Trade Watch and Indigenous Environmental Network|
Some say that the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) scheme could help communities who rely on the forests while others see REDD+ as paving the way for land grabs around the world which threaten the livelihoods and cultures of communities and the forests....
|Mausam... talking climate in public spaceSunday, 27 November 2011 | Mausam|
Here's the third issue of Mausam, containing a full report on India's 'first' REDD+ project by Soumitra Ghosh:
download [PDF 4MB]
It has taken quite a long time than we had expected to bring out this edition of Mausam...talking climate in public space and...
|Just Released! No REDD Papers: Vol. 1Thursday, 24 November 2011 | No REDD Platform|
—Nnimmo Bassey, Alternative Nobel Prize Laureate, Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Chair of Friends of the Earth International and poet
The top link will...
|Beating Goliath: A resource for corporate campaignersThursday, 24 November 2011 | the democracy center|
Published in October 2011, ‘Beating Goliath’ gathers case studies from previous successful campaigns against corporations, looking at how they won and what we can learn from them. It provides links to many useful resources for activists, and highlights current campaigns engaged in...
|Acre Letter - against REDD and the commodification of natureThursday, 03 November 2011 | |
Letter from the State of Acre
In defence of life and the integrity of the peoples and their territories against REDD and the commodification of nature
We gathered in Rio Branco, in the State of Acre, on 3-7 October 2011 for the workshop “Serviços Ambientais, REDD e Fundos...
|Chicagoans demand coal plants' regulationThursday, 03 November 2011 | Karen Looney|
On September 24, over 100 Chicagoans took to the streets, travelling on bicycle and foot in the Roll Beyond Coal rally. Participants rode bikes from Daley Plaza down to a park near Fisk coal plant in Pilsen. Here they joined others in a neighborhood march demanding clean, renewable energy...
|Key Arguments Against Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+)Monday, 20 June 2011 | CTW, GJEP and IEN|
No to REDD+! REDD+ is still being negotiated. There are many who defend REDD+ for valuing ecosystems services; there are others who see it as the only way to protect forests and stabilize the climate. But whatever form REDD+ takes, even if it includes Human Rights safeguards, it will...
|Caught in the cross-hairs: how industry lobbyists are gunning for EU climate targetsMonday, 20 June 2011 | Carbon Trade Watch and Corporate Europe Observatory|
The second initiative is the Roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050 (hereafter “Roadmap”), which has been proposed by the European Commission, and which will be discussed on 21 June at the inter-ministerial Environment Council. The Roadmap...
|Some Key REDD+ PlayersFriday, 17 June 2011 | Carbon Trade Watch|
REDD+ rewards polluters with carbon credits, allowing them to elude their responsibility to reduce emissions at source. There are billions of dollars at stake and no real obligation to respect human or collective rights – the so-called “safeguards” mentioned in the negotiating...
|More is less: a case against sectoral carbon marketsFriday, 17 June 2011 | Oscar Reyes|
The global carbon market is in crisis. Proposed emissions trading schemes in the USA, Japan and Canada have stalled indefinitely; new markets in Australia and South Korea face significant delays; and climate justice activists have successfully blocked the start of a planned scheme in...
|World Bank Partnership for Market Readiness begins push for new carbon marketsFriday, 17 June 2011 | Oscar Reyes|
The World Bank is busily encouraging “middle income” countries to create new carbon trading schemes, as we reported in our last newsletter. It hopes that this will lead to a “scaling up” of carbon markets and has created a new Fund, the “Partnership for Market...
|EU Emissions Trading System: failing at the third attemptThursday, 07 April 2011 | Carbon Trade Watch and Corporate Europe Observatory|
Emissions trading is the European Union’s flagship measure for tackling climate change, and it is failing badly. In theory it provides a cheap and efficient means to limit greenhouse gas reductions within an ever-tightening cap, but in practice it has rewarded major polluters with...
|Chiapas: REDD Alert - Urgent Action NeededWednesday, 06 April 2011 | Global Justice Ecology Project|
Medical Services in Amador Hernández, Chiapas Withdrawn in Advance of REDD+
"For the indigenous peoples, who have freely and bravely decided to walk our own destiny on a different path from that of the political regime and the economic system that turns...
|Fraud and scams in the EU Emissions Trading SystemWednesday, 06 April 2011 | Tamra Gilbertson|
As new cap and trade markets emerge on the global horizon, the world looks to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for insight and lessons learned. This form of free-market environmentalism is presented as the 'only game in town' for those seeking action on climate change.
With a host of...
|Africa's pollution and land grab threat from UN carbon marketTuesday, 15 March 2011 | The Gaia Foundation, Carbon Trade Watch and Timberwatch|
The United Nation’s carbon offset mechanism is rewarding pollution, and could lead to a land grab for industrial biofuels, tree plantations, genetically modified crops and biochar projects in Africa
A new briefing, titled “The CDM in Africa: marketing a new land...
|International Women's Day actionsSaturday, 05 March 2011 | Women for Climate Justice Network|
Climate change, one of most serious problems facing the world today, will have disastrous consequences for everyone, and especially for women. What is most tragic is that women will also suffer especially from the false solutions for climate change that are being negotiated...
|Outcomes of REDD+ in Cancun: a flawed plan for the world's remaining forestsThursday, 20 January 2011 | Tamra Gilbertson|
Within the year between the UN Copenhagen climate negotiations in 2009 and the Cancún negotiations in 2010, the framework of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) mechanism advanced from a bracketed text to a nearly established architecture depicting the...
|Two Pluses Don't Make a Positive: REDD and agriculture Thursday, 20 January 2011 | Oscar Reyes|
It is one of the first laws of diplomacy: when it is hard to agree on an answer, change the question. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) schemes are the product of two of these diplomatic back-flips.
First, whereas the Kyoto Protocol included no forestry or land-use...
|Turning farms into carbon sinks: Agriculture and the COP16 in CancúnThursday, 20 January 2011 | Joanna Cabello|
Emissions targets related to land use, land use change and forestry (known in the jargon as LULUCF) were not included in the Kyoto Protocol, the international climate change treaty signed in 1997, but played a central role in the latest round of UN climate negotiations in...
|World Bank Partnership for Market Readiness: a critical introductionThursday, 20 January 2011 | Oscar Reyes|
When the World Bank gets busy, it usually spells bad news for people and the planet. The UN Climate Change Conference (COP16) in Cancún was no exception, with the Bank launching a flurry of new climate-related initiatives. Chief amongst these was the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR),...
|Carbon markets after Cancun: Carbon Capture and Storage in the Clean Development MechanismWednesday, 19 January 2011 | Oscar Reyes|
The inclusion of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the UN's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is a boon for the Middle East and North Sea oil industries, which would use the scheme to subsidise the extraction of even more oil from the ground.
|A look into Cancún climate justice protestsWednesday, 19 January 2011 | Joanna Cabello|
As delegates to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP16) gathered inside the exclusive installations of the Moon Palace resort in Cancún, social movements raised their voices in protest.
The Cancún negotiations were...
|No REDD, A ReaderMonday, 06 December 2010 | |
New publication exposes links between REDD and carbon trading, International Financial Institutions, extractive industries, GMO trees and biotech
No REDD, A Reader aspires to broaden the debate on the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest...
|Fast Forest Cash: How REDD+ will be market-basedFriday, 03 December 2010 | Tamra Gilbertson|
The Early Years
Since the earliest experiences of offsetting forest have been used as tradable carbon credits.1 The initial practice of forest offsetting in Costa Rica and Papua New Guinea in the early 1990s established a precedent for inclusion of tradable carbon sequestration offsets...
|Enclosure of Forests and Peoples: REDD and the Inter-Oceanic Highway in PeruWednesday, 10 November 2010 | Joanna Cabello|
The dominant voices within the UN climate negotiations, together with corporate lobbies, mainstream NGOs and multilateral financial institutions, are pushing for another false solution to climate change. Arguing that a standing tree must have more (monetary) value than a cut one, they privatise...
|Nuclear power? It’s still no thanksTuesday, 26 October 2010 | Oscar Reyes|
Nuclear power is being repackaged and promoted as a green alternative to fossil fuels. But neither this claim nor the underlying costs of the industry add up, writes Oscar Reyes
The case for nuclear power is now so overwhelming that frankly it is almost irresponsible … to oppose...
|SPACE FOR MOVEMENT? Reflections from Bolivia on climate justice, social movements and the stateThursday, 12 August 2010 | Building Bridges Collective|
In the wake of the failed COP-15 in Copenhagen last December, Bolivia’s
first indigenous president called for a World People’s Conference on
Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (CMPCC). Was this the
necessary space for social...
|Carbon market “growth” is mainly fraudulent, World Bank report showsTuesday, 20 July 2010 | Oscar Reyes|
The global carbon market grew in 2009. Far from signalling a success, this reflects a massive increase in fraud, the dumping of surplus emissions permits by industry, and a rise in financial speculation.
“Global Carbon Market Grows to $144 billion Despite Financial and Economic...
|Creating new from the old: how the REDD+ Partnership plans to create a REDD market, plus!Tuesday, 20 July 2010 | Oscar Reyes|
The REDD+ Partnership intends to facilitate controversial forest payment schemes in advance of any UN climate agreement on an international framework to tackling deforestation.
Forget about the complex realities of forest protection: a “new” grouping of 58 countries keen to...
|Industrial gases in CDM: fixing a hole?Tuesday, 20 July 2010 | Oscar Reyes|
The majority of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) offset credits issued to date are bogus, according to new research on industrial gas destruction projects.
Since its inception, the CDM has enabled power companies in industrialised countries (mainly in the European Union) to avoid...
|The UN Boys Club tasked with redefining climate financeTuesday, 20 July 2010 | Oscar Reyes|
Climate finance is a central element to any future international framework for tackling climate change, but a closed-door UN panel could redefine the terms of the debate away from the responsibilities of industrialised countries and encourage the further expansion of carbon markets.
|More on Plantar as the struggle continuesTuesday, 20 July 2010 | Tamra Gilbertson|
The Plantar project was one of the first to be supported by the World Bank Prototype Carbon Fund (PCF). Some aspects of the project have since entered the Clean Development Mechanism, but the battle continues to keep more of this plantation scheme out of the CDM.
Despite numerous recent...
|New Zealand's new carbon market: a taxpayer subsidy for plantations and energy companiesTuesday, 20 July 2010 | Tamra Gilbertson and Oscar Reyes|
New Zealand has a new carbon market, the first national scheme to be launched outside Europe. It looks set to award profits to forest plantation owners, help power companies avoid emissions reductions, and pass the costs of tackling climate change from big business to individual...
|Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: False Solutions to Climate Change – Available now!Tuesday, 06 July 2010 | Rising Tide North America and Carbon Trade Watch|
This 28-page booklet provides a close-to-comprehensive overview of
false solutions to climate change. Fifteen concise articles—complete
with photos and illustrations—cover more than 20 false solutions to
climate change, from Clean Coal to Biomass incineration, providing...
|New book exposes dangers of carbon market ahead of Bolivia climate summitMonday, 19 April 2010 | Tamra Gilbertson and Oscar Reyes|
As up to 15,000 people gather in Bolivia to advance grassroots responses to the climate crisis, a new book exposes the failings of global climate policy and lays out numerous ways forward without the carbon market system that lies at its heart.
|Where is carbon trading heading?Monday, 19 April 2010 | Tamra Gilbertson and Oscar Reyes|
With UN climate talks in question, serious questions are being asked about the future of carbon trading, while a more detailed survey of new projects and policies shows that carbon markets continue to beat their destructive path.
|Megaproyectos en la Amazonía: desarrollo, exclusión, capitalismo y militarizaciónMonday, 05 April 2010 | Joanna Cabello|
La construcción de hidroeléctricas a gran escala en la amazonía, junto con un proyecto que intenta modificar la Ley sobre Desplazamientos Internos en el Perú, amenaza a comunidades y territorios campesinos e indígenas así como la biodiversidad de la...
|After CopenhagenThursday, 04 February 2010 | Oscar Reyes|
What came out of Copenhagen? Oscar Reyes assesses the outcomes of the UN climate conference, and suggests much of the process was flawed from the beginning.
They came. They saw. They took (yet another) 'first step'. Then the 110 world leaders who attended the UN Climate Change...
|Statement of Climate Justice Now! on the outcomes of COP15Tuesday, 05 January 2010 | Climate Justice Now!|
for sign-on by 5 January 2010
Organisations and individuals are invited to endorse the statement
Call for “system change not climate change” unites global movement
Corrupt Copenhagen ‘accord’ exposes gulf between peoples...
|Climate Justice for a Changing Planet: Beyond Carbon TradingTuesday, 15 December 2009 | Oscar Reyes and Tamra Gilbertson|
“Billions wasted on UN climate programme.” “Truth about Kyoto: huge profits, little carbon saved.” “UN effort to curtail emissions in turmoil.” The headlines attracted by the carbon trading mechanisms at the heart of the Kyoto Protocol, most notably the Clean...
|COMMENTARY: Human Rights Groups Condemn Criminal Repression Of Indigenous Community In Peru Thursday, 10 December 2009 | Rebecca Sommer|
The government of Peruvian President Alan García Pérez has its hands full of blood, again.
The massacre at Bagua on June 5, 2009 that resulted in international outrage was not an isolated case, but part of an ongoing, systematic campaign to criminalize social and...
|Taking care of businessTuesday, 01 December 2009 | Oscar Reyes|
The world’s biggest corporations have hijacked the UN climate talks. That’s bad news for our future, argues Oscar Reyes.
A flower blooms under a floodlight. It is projected on to a huge screen, behind a panel of expensively suited executives. A CNN...
|New book uncovers carbon trading flaws ahead of UN climate talksTuesday, 24 November 2009 | Carbon Trade Watch|
At a time when Copenhagen talks and the Kyoto Protocol seem likely to
end in failure, calling for an entirely different framework for
addressing the climate crisis may seem like madness. Carbon Trading:
How it works and why it fails, produced by the Transnational
|THAILAND: Renewable Energy Not So Clean and Green After All?Friday, 23 October 2009 | Nantiya Tangwisutijit*|
PICHIT, Thailand, Oct 23 (IPS/IFEJ) - The view from Bhorn’s window in this northern province is as picturesque as one can find in rural Thailand. The Nan River flows majestically through the Gulf of Thailand, located 300...
|The Bhilangana Dam on troubled watersWednesday, 07 October 2009 | Tamra Gilbertson|
‘It’s a lie, we don’t want this dam! No, no!’
— a community resident near the Bhilangana Dam in Uttarakhand
Run-of-the-river dams have been promoted as renewable energy projects with promised social and ecological benefits under the CDM regime; but a...
|Mausam (issues 2-5) Talking Climate in Public SpaceWednesday, 07 October 2009 | NESPON, NFFPFW and Nagarik Mancha|
Mausam magazine is designed to "challenge the 'intellectual fiefdom' established by governments, profiteers, and 'experts' of various shades and hues on issues of global warming and its solutions by providing space to alternative view points and voices, which are often wiser and more...
|Report Calls for the Rejection of REDD in Climate TreatyThursday, 01 October 2009 | Indigenous Environmental Network|
Indigenous Environmental Network calls for solutions that reduce emissions, protect forests and respect rights
In a report released today, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) predicts dire consequences for Indigenous peoples, biodiversity and the climate alike if the new,...
|C Words: carbon, climate, capital, culture, How did you get here and where are we going?Tuesday, 29 September 2009 | Platform|
Sat 3 Oct - Sun 29 Nov, 10am - 6pm (Closed Mondays)
"The energy and climate-change crisis stands as a unique social and
ecological challenge… Those least responsible for climate change are
the worst affected by it…" Vandana...
|Marketing the ClimateThursday, 17 September 2009 | Tamra Gilbertson|
Brazil: Plantar’s ‘new’ eucalyptus projects advance towards CDM validation
In mid-July the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board accepted a new methodology proposed as part of the controversial Plantar project in Minas Gerais, Brazil (see background on Plantar on...
|Carbon Trading : a brief introductionMonday, 07 September 2009 | Oscar Reyes|
Carbon trading is allowing industrialised countries and companies to avoid their emissions reduction targets. It takes two main forms: “cap and trade” and “carbon offsetting.”
What is cap and trade?
Under cap and trade schemes, governments or intergovernmenal...
|Indonesia: Sinar Resmi Declaration on climate change and REDDMonday, 31 August 2009 | Chris Lang|
From 5-8 August 2009, the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara – AMAN) held a national consultation of indigenous communities on Climate Change and REDD. At the end of the meeting, the participants produced the Sinar Resmi Declaration...
|Declaration of the Africa People's Movement on Climate ChangeSunday, 30 August 2009 | Africa Peoples Movement on Climate Change|
Confronting the climate crisis: Preparing for Copenhagen and beyond
Nairobi, Kenya, August 30, 2009 -- We, the leaders of various people's movements, community-based groups, academia, NGOs and civil cociety organisations, met in Nairobi under the banner of the People's Movement on...
|Indigenous Peoples in Ecuador reject REDDTuesday, 11 August 2009 | Chris Lang|
CONFENIAE, the confederation of indigenous peoples from the Ecuadorian Amazon (the Ecuadorian member organization of COICA), issued a statement on 3 August 2009 which strongly rejects REDD:
“We reject the negotiations on our forests, such as REDD projects, because they try to take away...
|A fight to save the Amazon RainforestFriday, 19 June 2009 | Joanna Cabello|
After another round of climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, it is
clear that the economic powers are pushing for a treaty that will do
better in reinforcing the neoliberal agenda than mitigating global
warming. While these technical and misleading climate jargon discourses
happen at the...
|Avoiding a green bad dealFriday, 05 June 2009 | Oscar Reyes|
Investing our hopes in green growth or new technological fixes will not avert the climate crisis. So what will? To inaugurate our new series on transitions to a world after fossil fuels, Oscar Reyes looks at the democratic deficit in the power sector
The worst-case scientific scenarios...
|Business as usual on the climateMonday, 01 June 2009 | Oscar Reyes|
When a former British diplomat had the temerity to suggest that "the business community needs to re-examine the fundamentals of economics" at the recent World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen, his discordant tone was drowned out by a chorus of over 800 delegates singing...
|Carbon Trading: flaw at the heart of Democrats’ climate billFriday, 29 May 2009 | Oscar Reyes|
The oil, gas and coal industry lobbyists who have spent almost $45 million on President Obama´s clean energy plan in recent months need not worry: it is so full of holes that US industry could avoid making any reductions at home until at least 2026, rendering talk of a 17 per cent cut in...
|UN Climate Negotiations: analysis of latest positionsFriday, 08 May 2009 | Oscar Reyes|
A new global climate treaty is shaping up to have carbon trading at its centre, creating new loopholes to avoid cleaning up the climate, writes Oscar Reyes
The US has played its hand, finally, if rather tentatively in the negotiations leading to a new UN climate treaty to...
|UK carbon budget: offshoring emissions reductionsThursday, 23 April 2009 | Oscar Reyes|
The UK government has set the world´s first carbon budget, but it
contains so many offset loopholes that most emission reduction
commitments could be met without any action to clean up power generation
and industry in the UK.
|Launch of the Indigenous Peoples' Guide: 'False Solutions to Climate Change'Wednesday, 22 April 2009 | Huntingtonnews.net|
Our planet is heating up at an alarming rate, threatening our very survival. What needs to be done is simple: The pollution and destruction of Earth must be stopped immediately. But instead, there is a lot of greed, false solutions and lies about how to save our...
|NEW: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' GUIDE "False Solutions To Climate Change"Tuesday, 21 April 2009 | Earth Peoples|
This is a quick guide to the truth about false solutions to climate change. These market-basedscams allow polluters to avoid reducing their pollution, continue to destroynature and make millions while they are at it. The United Nations, the WorldBank, industry, multinationals, governments and...
|Ad Hoc Working Group on Kyoto Protocol update, aka how to expand carbon markets and count emissions increases as reductionsFriday, 17 April 2009 | Oscar Reyes|
I´ve discovered the latest cure for insomnia, which is freely downloadable in the form of the Chair´s summary of the "AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON FURTHER COMMITMENTS FOR ANNEX I PARTIES UNDER THE KYOTO PROTOCOL," Seventh session, Bonn, 29 March to 8 April 2009
|Deal or No Deal? - CPH mobilisation newspaperTuesday, 14 April 2009 | |
12 years ago the UN held a conference in Germany to work out what to do about climate change (COP 1), and an agreement was made. It was called the Kyoto Protocol. 15 years later, Copenhagen is hosting the meeting (COP 15), and the Kyoto Protocol is up for renegotiation. 184 nation...
|Climate crunchSunday, 29 March 2009 | Oscar Reyes|
The economic crisis is leading to falling carbon emissions - so why is it not good for the climate?
Production lines falling silent, a slump in global trade and lower demand for power: the economic crisis has already done more to reduce carbon emissions than the past 10...
|We’re having a climate camp in the CitySunday, 29 March 2009 | Red Pepper|
Oscar Reyes interviews Matt Megarry about the upcoming Climate Camp in the City - what it’s all about and what you can do
Why are you targeting the European Climate Exchange?
Because the system of carbon trading they oversee will be the billion dollar elephant in the...
|Rising Tide releases guide to bogus climate change solutionsWednesday, 18 March 2009 | Rising Tide North America|
Rising Tide North America is pleased to announce the release of the first short yet comprehensive survey of these bogus climate change solutions.
The 20 page pamphlet — “Hoodwinked in the Hothouse” — covers topics as diverse as Clean Coal, Agrofuels, Geoengineering,...
|Climate Camp comes to The CityMonday, 16 March 2009 | Peter McDonnell|
'If you liked sub-prime, you'll love carbon trading!' Join the Camp for Climate Action on the 1st of April as they set up in the Square Mile to greet global leaders and remind them that climate change must remain on the agenda
On the 1st of April, as the G20 leaders arrive for their...
|The Climate Camp vs the Carbon MarketThursday, 26 February 2009 | Kevin Smith|
“If you liked sub-prime – you’ll love carbon trading!”
The iniquities of emissions trading will bring thousands of protesters to the climate camp in the City of London, writes Kevin Smith.
In the Guardian newspaper on 23 February 2009, Julian Glover...
|UK Climate Camp announces plans to target the carbon market in 2009Wednesday, 11 February 2009 | |
The organisers of Climate Camp, a protest group that has previously demonstrated at coal power stations and Heathrow airport, have chosen London's financial centre as the target of their main summer protest this year.
The decision to target the City is aimed at throwing a spotlight on the...
|New report examines corporate influence on design of EU-ETSMonday, 02 February 2009 | |
A new report from Corporate Europe Observatory and PLATFORM reveals how oil giant BP's lobbying at the heart of the EU has played a key role in influencing Europe's energy policy, including the controversial EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
The report can be downloaded...
|Scrap carbon tradingSunday, 01 February 2009 | Oscar Reyes|
This flawed system has failed to cut emissions. It's time to tackle the broader economic system that led to the climate crisis, argues Oscar Reyes.
Every time the carbon market fails to reduce emissions, the politicians and businesses who promote the market as the solution...
|La burbuja del comercio de emisionesSunday, 01 February 2009 | Oscar Reyes|
El sistema de comercio de emisiones no ha conseguido reducir las emisiones; ya va siendo hora de que abordemos los fallos del sistema económico que nos han conducido a la crisis climática.
Cada vez que los mecanismos de mercado fracasan en su intento de...
|The Carbon Connection receives The Student Jury award at the 22nd Annual Sondrio International Film Festival 2008, ItalyFriday, 23 January 2009 | |
The Student Jury awarded The Carbon Connection along with three other films in a special category that focusses in the relationship between humans and the environment for viewing and evaluation by the Student Jury, composed by a class of 24 students of a Local High School.
|Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society Wednesday, 17 December 2008 | |
CAN GLOBAL WARMING BE MITIGATED BY CARBON TRADING?
With climate change posing perhaps the gravest threat to humanity in
coming decades, and with free market economics still hegemonic, it is
little wonder so much effort has gone into creating a carbon market, no
matter how much...
|Online debates demonstrate public skepticism about carbon tradingWednesday, 17 December 2008 | |
Michael Wara of Stanford, together with Kevin Smith of Carbon Trade Watch and Platform and others, have won the Economist magazine's online debate on carbon offset trading against Henry Derwent of the International Emissions Trading Association, businessman Mark Trexler and others.
|Poznan Climate Talks: fiddling while the earth burnsTuesday, 16 December 2008 | Oscar Reyes|
The UN Climate Conference in Poznan, Poland failed to achieve any breakthrough towards a global climate deal – a sign not merely of bad timing, but of a fundamentally flawed system that takes no account of climate justice, argues Oscar Reyes
11,000 delegates (including 1,500...
|Las negociaciones sobre el clima de Poznan: tocando el arpa mientras el planeta ardeTuesday, 16 December 2008 | Oscar Reyes|
La Conferencia sobre el Clima de la ONU celebrada en la ciudad polaca de Poznan no ha logrado ningún avance hacia un acuerdo mundial sobre el clima; indicio no sólo de un mal momento en el calendario, sino también de un sistema que falla por la base y no tiene en cuenta...
|False economy for rainforestsMonday, 15 December 2008 | Ricardo Carrere|
The future of the world’s forests was up for discussion last week as policy makers gathered at the climate change conference in Poznan.
On the agenda was a proposal to issue carbon credits for countries that stop deforestation. While it sounds good on paper, Ricardo Carrere of the World...
|Poznan statement from the Climate Justice Now! allianceFriday, 12 December 2008 | Climate Justice Now!|
RADICAL NEW AGENDA NEEDED TO ACHIEVE CLIMATE JUSTICE
Members of Climate Justice Now! – a worldwide alliance of more than 160 organisations -- have been in Poznan for the past two weeks closely following developments in the UN climate negotiations.
This statement is our...
|Small farmers victims of forest carbon tradingFriday, 12 December 2008 | Tejo Pramano and Sarwadi Sukiman|
Testimony of Sarwadi,
Sarwadi Sukiman, a small
farmer from Sumatra (Indonesia) is currently sharing his experience
during the United Nations climate talks, as part of the Via Campesina
delegation. His story shows what happens when plans such...
|Business Day in PoznanWednesday, 10 December 2008 | Yorgos|
Tuesday 9 December 2008 – A whole building in the Poznan International Fair was hired by WBCSD and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for the Poznan Business Day, co-organised with ten other trade associations.
Global industry's elite were all there: 150 business executives,...
|Offsets under Kyoto – A Dirty Deal for the SouthMonday, 08 December 2008 | Kevin Smith|
In Western Panama, the Naso and Ngobe peoples are fighting against the construction of four hydroelectric dams being built on the land of Indigenous Peoples, saying that they will destroy their homelands. In Okhla, India, members of the local community have been turning up in large numbers to...
|Clean Development Mechanism: dump it, don´t expand itFriday, 05 December 2008 | |
Friday, 5 December. For immediate release. The UN´s Clean Development Mechanism is beyond repair and should be dumped, climate justice campaigners told delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan today.1
“The CDM is a ´lose-lose´ proposition that has...
|Paying Our Climate DebtThursday, 04 December 2008 | Daphne Wysham|
Editor: Emily Schwartz Greco
Foreign Policy In Focus
we've heard the inconvenient truth: climate change is a really big
problem, and we need to get serious about it. But what we haven't heard
much about is the cost and who will ensure that bill is...
|La política del cambio climático - Entrevista con Larry LohmannThursday, 06 November 2008 | Re-Public|
Larry Lohmann es un académico y activista que trabaja con Corner House, una ONG británica de investigación y solidaridad que apoya a los movimientos democráticos y comunitarios a favor de la justicia social y medioambiental. En esta entrevista, Lohmann nos descifra...
|Indigenous Leaders From Panama Travel To Washington To Condemn Carbon Market Solutions (CDM)Monday, 27 October 2008 | Huntingtonnews.net Staff|
with reporting by Rebecca Sommer
“The Clean Development Mechanism will be used to finance the destruction of our homelands,” say representatives of the Naso and Ngobe people in the Central American republic of Panama.
A group of Naso and...
|Agrofuels: are we winning?Monday, 27 October 2008 | Oscar Reyes|
With mounting evidence of environmental damage and grave social consequences, making fuel from plants no longer seems such a good idea. But is the widespread criticism of agrofuels forcing policy changes? Oscar Reyes investigates
The agrofuels industry has taken a severe kicking lately....
|Dirty is the New CleanMonday, 27 October 2008 | Sustainable Energy and Economy Network|
The World Bank’s Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change, a three-year ‘flexible’ framework for the Bank's institutions, makes a strong case for urgent action on global warming. It goes so far as to say that climate change will potentially undo development gains...
|The politics of climate change - Interview with Larry LohmannSunday, 26 October 2008 | Re-Public|
Larry Lohmann is a scholar and activist who works with the Corner House, a research and solidarity NGO in the UK that supports democratic and community movements for environmental and social justice. In this interview he untangles for us the political contours shaping and being shaped by the...
|Global coal gets a boost from the carbon marketThursday, 16 October 2008 | Kevin Smith|
From the October Issue of Environmental Finance magazine
In 2007, the UN decided to allow more efficient coal-fired power stations to gain carbon financing as an offset project through the Clean Development Mechanism. Kevin Smith from Carbon Trade Watch writes how the carbon market is now...
|'Here comes the storm again': NEW CLIMATE CHANGE articlesMonday, 15 September 2008 | The Corner House|
NEW CLIMATE CHANGE articles on The Corner House website
The recent devastating storms and floods in India and the Caribbean provide another chilling foretaste of the hazards of a warmed world. A dozen new items just posted in the climate section of The Corner House's website...
|The green goldrushSunday, 14 September 2008 | Oscar Reyes|
It is a long time since activists spray painted ‘We are winning’ on a wall at the Seattle meeting of the World Trade Organisation in December 1999. Movements for global justice have had little to celebrate since then. Will things be any different for the ‘carbon movement’...
|Oilwatch Position on Voluntary Carbon MarketTuesday, 09 September 2008 | Oilwatch|
the Climate Change Convention to the Kyoto Protocol
the world’s governments joined together to sign the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change, with the aim of curbing
global warming. Using 1990 levels as a baseline, the...
|Documento de Posición de Oilwatch sobre el Mercado de Carbono VoluntarioTuesday, 09 September 2008 | Oilwatch|
la Convención de Cambio Climático al Protocolo de Kioto
1992 los gobiernos del mundo se reunieron para firmar la Convención
de Cambio Climático con el objetvo de detener el calentamiento
global. A su vez, científicos agrupados en el...
|Waste plant triggers public protestsWednesday, 06 August 2008 | Bindu Shajan Perappadan|
NEW DELHI: Residents staying close to the Delhi Government’s
proposed waste-to-energy project at the Okhla sanitary landfill site
have intensified their protest against the project and demanded that it
be moved away from the residential area.
“We are not against the...
|UN ‘clean development’ money sought for dam that threatens World Heritage Site in PanamaWednesday, 06 August 2008 | ACD Panama/CTW|
Bocas del Toro, Panama --- A new hydroelectric dam in Panama could receive funding from the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism, environmental justice and conservation groups have warned.
The Chan-75 dam is being built by a subsidiary of the Virginia-based Allied Energy Systems Corporation...
|AES Corporation busca beneficios con bonos de carbono en PanamáWednesday, 06 August 2008 | Burica Press|
Una nueva represa hidroeléctrica en Panamá podría recibir fondos del Mecanismo para el Desarrollo Limpio de Naciones Unidas (CDM – Siglas en Ingles), advierten grupos en pro de la conservación del medio ambiente.
La represa “Chan-75″...
|The Waste-Pickers of DelhiTuesday, 05 August 2008 | Daphne Wysham|
Photo: Kamal Kishore
India's waste-pickers—often women and children—join free-ranging cows and other less sacred animals in a daily forage through the garbage of the streets. They've been recycling trash for decades, since long before recycling became fashionable in the...
|Carbon Trade-offFriday, 01 August 2008 | Kevin Smith|
The carbon-offsets market is gathering pace at a frenzied rate, notably in Asia. While it seems a good solution to the growing climate crisis on the face of it, look beneath and it may all just be hot air, writes Kevin Smith
There’s a global gold rush taking place, with a stampede...
|NGOs Dominate Western Climate Initiative TalksWednesday, 30 July 2008 | Environmental Leader|
A 5.4 magnitude earthquake and dozens of Environmental Justice
protesters didn’t slow the efforts of seven western states and four
Canadian territories pushing a regional cap and trade program under the
Western Climate Initiative
The ballroom at the San Diego Marriott...
|HBS 'Perspectives' 4th issue - Special edition Energy crisis in South AfricaTuesday, 29 July 2008 | Heinrich Böll Foundation Southern Africa|
Perspectives: Political analysis and commentary from Southern Africa
'With both South Africa's and the region’s energy future at stake, we utilise this issue of Perspectives
to bring forward a diverse range of opinions from experts and activists
on South Africa's energy crisis...
|Class struggle, not the market, to save the planetSaturday, 05 July 2008 | Green Left Australia|
An interview on climate, water, electricity, ecosocialism
A political economist and activist who directs the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, Patrick Bond was a featured guest speaker at the Green Left Weekly Social Change ? Climate...
|Sustainable Development and Market Liberalism’s Shotgun Wedding:Tuesday, 24 June 2008 | |
EMISSIONS TRADING UNDER THE KYOTO PROTOCOL
Another excellent article by David Driesen explaining why carbon trading
and other neoliberal approaches mess with the long-term technological
and social choices needed to address global warming -- and that there's
no way of...
|Moving Forward on ClimateWednesday, 18 June 2008 | The Corner House|
'Billions wasted on UN climate programme'
'European Union?s efforts to tackle climate change a failure'
'UN effort to curtail emissions in turmoil'
'Truth about Kyoto:...
|Offset standard is off targetWednesday, 02 April 2008 | Kevin Smith|
From the April/May Issue of Red Pepper Magazine
A new government ‘kitemark’ suggests that most carbon offset schemes are flawed, but fails to address the more fundamental problem of paying others to clean up after us, argues Kevin Smith.
Offset companies across the...
|Comercio de emisiones: la injusticia institucionalizadaMonday, 03 March 2008 | Kevin Smith|
Traducido por Bea Martinez
El sistema de comercio de emisiones y compensaciones distrae la atención de los cambios sistémicos y las acciones políticas colectivas que se deben emprender en la transición hacia una economía más limpia. Promover un...
|Offsetting DemocracyMonday, 03 March 2008 | Kevin Smith|
(first published in March/April 2008 Resurgence Magazine)
Carbon trading and offsets distract attention from the wider, systemic changes and collective political action that needs to be taken in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Promoting more effective and empowering...
|Women and Eucalyptus. Stories of Life and ResistanceTuesday, 26 February 2008 | |
A new publication from the World Rainforest Movement written by Gilsa Barcellos and Simone Ferreira about the impacts of eucalyptus monocultures on indigenous and afrobrazilian women in the State of Espírito...
|Permiso para contaminarThursday, 07 February 2008 | Oscar Reyes|
Lejos de intentar solucionar el problema del cambio climático, los tímidos planes de la UE premian a aquellos que van en la dirección contraria.
Con la promesa de reducir las emisiones de carbono en un 20% de aquí a 2020, la UE dice ser el...
|Fuelling the debateSaturday, 02 February 2008 | Geographical|
In a remarkable reversal of fortune, biofuels have gone from saviour to pariah in just a few short years. But there is still optimism that a second generation of biofuels could still come to our aid. Mark Rowe reports
The beleaguered peatlands of Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and...
|Permission to polluteThursday, 24 January 2008 | Oscar Reyes / The Guardian|
Far from tackling climate change, the EU's timid plans are rewarding those on the wrong track.
Promising a 20% cut in carbon emissions by 2020, the EU now claims to be the world leader in tackling climate change. But dig a little deeper, and the whole project starts to...
|From false to real solutions for climate changeFriday, 11 January 2008 | Patrick Bond|
Patrick Bond makes a post-Bali evaluation of the state of climate politics and the mounting body of criticism against the carbon...
|Members of Durban Group For Climate Justice on Carbon Trading Speaking Tour in North AmericaFriday, 11 January 2008 | |
Members of the Durban Group, including Carbon Trade Watch, are traveling in various cities throughout the US and Canada in January, February, and March 2008 to share experiences of the failures of carbon trading in Europe, India, Brazil, Uganda and elsewhere, and to learn more about U.S. carbon...
|Climate Justice Newletter Published At COP in BaliWednesday, 05 December 2007 | |
Alter-Eco is published by a group of NGOs, Indigenous Peoples Organisations and social movements at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP-13 who came together to make a unified call in support of real solutions to climate change and against the false market-based solutions to climate...
|Carbon Trade Watch at the Bali Climate TalksMonday, 03 December 2007 | |
UNFCCC, Bali : 3 side events
CONVENIENT LIES: BIOFUELS AND CARBON TRADE : 5/12 (20h00), 6/12 (15h30), 6/12 (20h00)
CONVENIENT LIES: BIOFUELS AND CARBON TRADE
Clashing Strategies: Promoting Agrofuels and Reducing Deforestation
December 5, 20:00-21:30 Hydro Room...
|Protesters invade the Aviation Emissions Trading Summit 2007Thursday, 22 November 2007 | London Rising Tide|
London Rising Tide today interrupted delegates at the Aviation Emissions Trading Summit, held at Selfridges Hotel, central London. They interrupted proceedings with an impromptu speech and presentation, of a box of atmosphere. Free shares for pre Emissions Trading Scheme atmosphere were also...
|"Carbon Trading: Practical Solution to Global Warming or Corporate Greenwash?" A DebateThursday, 01 November 2007 | Democracy Now!|
Amy Goodman moderates the debate between Daphne Wysham and Annie Petsonk
As the US Senate discusses a climate change bill promoting carbon trading, Daphne Wysham argues against the ethics and the feasibility of carbon trade mechanism: it turns the earth's carbon...
|Protesters disrupt New York City Carbon Trading ExpoTuesday, 30 October 2007 | Rising Tide North America|
Action takes place as Carbon Trading legislation prepares to clear Senate committee
New York City – Protesters with Rising Tide North America’s “Greenwash Guerrillas” paid a surprise Halloween visit to the Carbon Market Insights conference in New York City...
|Walhi protest in Bali : Our forest not for sale.Thursday, 25 October 2007 | WALHI|
WALHI Protest against Carbon Trade
Dozens of WALHI activists today (23.10) went to the streets in the capital city of Bali, Denpasar, the Indonesian online news Tempo Interaktif says (at 13:22 West Indonesian Time). The activists reject the carbon trade mechanism which will be on the...
|CTW documentary makes the front page of Scottish newspaperSaturday, 07 July 2007 | The Scotsman|
On July 7, The Scotsman newspaper had a front page story on The Carbon Connection, a forthcoming documentary by Carbon Trade Watch. The article examines the connection between a community in Scotland living on the fenceline of a BP oil refinery, and a community in Brazil whose water resources are...
|The Guardian newspaper critiques emissions tradingSaturday, 16 June 2007 | |
In June, journalist Nick Davies published three well-researched articles in the Guardian newspaper which were highly critical of the Clean Development Mechanism, emissions trading and the voluntary carbon offset market.
Abuse and incompetence in fight against global warming
|G8: India Stonewalls Demand for Emission CutsThursday, 07 June 2007 | Praful Bidwai|
NEW DELHI, Jun 7 (IPS) - India is likely to cut a sorry figure on climate change issues during and after the G8 summit at Heiligendamm in Germany.
As the world's fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG) and one of its fastest growing economies, India will come under intense pressure...
|UK Camp for Climate Action 2007Monday, 04 June 2007 | |
Promoting agrofuels and carbon trade is fundamentally incompatible with the goal of protecting forests and indigenous people’s rights. These are false solutions to climate change.
The Camp For Climate Action 2007 has announced that it will be taking place at Heathrow Airport from...
|Emissions Trading in the EU – Leaky Caps and Dirty DevelopmentSunday, 22 April 2007 | Parliamentary Brief|
With the second phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) due to start in 2008, at some point soon Brussels will have to admit that it isn’t working. Carbon emissions aren’t going down, industries aren’t switching to clean energy technology and, so far, the scheme’s...
|Carbon offsets not welcome hereTuesday, 27 February 2007 | Larry Lohmann|
From Climate Change Corp.com
Carbon credits are subsidising some of the most polluting industries in the developing world. Local people do not want these companies improved, they want them shut down, says Larry Lohmann
Night falls early in the flat landscape outside Raipur, the...
|CDM projects criticised on Channel 4 NewsThursday, 08 February 2007 | |
On 8 February, Channel 4 (one of the main terrestrial channels in the UK) ran a very critical piece on its primetime about emissions trading, specifically looking at Clean Development Mechanism projects in India.
You can view the clip here
|UK Parliamentary Enquiry into The Voluntary Carbon Offsets MarketFriday, 02 February 2007 | |
The UK Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee is currently holding an enquiry into the voluntary carbon offsets market. Critical evidence of the inherent problems in carbon offsets has been submitted by Carbon Trade Watch, the Cornerhouse, FERN, the World Development Movement and other...
|Carbon Offsets on "The Current"Monday, 22 January 2007 | |
"The Current" is a daily current affairs programme on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio station. On January 22, Kevin Smith from Carbon Trade Watch was interviewed about the problems of carbon offset schemes, alongside Tim Yeo, the Shadow Environment Minister in the UK, and...
|Stern Words While in Europe They're Trading Hot AirThursday, 07 December 2006 | Kevin Smith|
Taken from the December Issue of “Parliamentary Briefing” (www.thepolitician.org)
The Stern Review on climate change has been widely applauded for marrying economics to science and thus speaking a language that politicians and the business community can...
|Nigerian Commoners Gifts to Humanity:Wednesday, 06 December 2006 | Leigh Brownhill and Terisa E. Turner|
Climate Justice and the Abuja Declaration for Energy Sovereignty
(A version of this paper was presented, under the title, “Ecofeminist Action to Stop Climate Change,” at the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) Ninth Biennial Conference, “Ecological...
|Carbon cop-outsTuesday, 05 December 2006 | Kevin Smith, Red Pepper|
They might salve our climate consciences, but carbon offset schemes are no substitute for the kind of collective action and social change that is necessary to combat global warming, writes Kevin Smith
The carbon offset industry was all about growth in 2006.The...
|Carry On PollutingSaturday, 02 December 2006 | Larry Lohmann|
Far from being a solution to global warming, carbon trading is little more than a licence for big polluters to carry on business as usual, says Larry Lohmann in the 02 November 2006 issue of New Scientist magazine.
With scientists warning that the climate may be tipping toward...
|Carbon offsets and the struggle of the Ogoni WomenSunday, 05 November 2006 | Kevin Smith|
The carbon offset industry was all about growth in 2006. The high-profile Carbon Neutral Company reported an annual turnover of ₤2.7 million, while the global market sold an estimated ₤60 million, and this figure was estimated to increase five times over in three years. From the...
|Lo indecente del comercio de carbonoSunday, 05 November 2006 | Kevin Smith|
Si lo que se pretende es frenar el cambio climático, el comercio de carbono no es la solución.
En 1992, una tristemente célebre nota filtrada a la prensa escrita por Lawrence Summers, entonces economista jefe del Banco Mundial, señalaba que “la...
|'Obscenity' of carbon tradingSunday, 05 November 2006 | Kevin Smith|
If we want to curb climate change, carbon trading won't do, argues Kevin Smith in the Green Room this week. From the Stern Review to Europe's Emissions Trading Scheme, he argues, the aim of reducing emissions has been perverted by neo-liberal dogma and corporate self-interest.
|New Book Exposes Scandal of Carbon TradingWednesday, 04 October 2006 | |
“Bad for the South, bad for the North, and bad for the climate”
The book, published by Sweden’s Dag Hammarskjold Foundation together with the international Durban Group for Climate Justice and the UK-based NGO The Corner House, argues that carbon trading slows the...
|Kyoto y los Vendedores de HumoTuesday, 08 August 2006 | Pimiento Verde|
En la nueva era del aire “escaso”, surgirá, necesariamente,
una economía del aire. Se establecerán derechos de
propiedad, se pondrá precio a la mercancía y el dinero
cambiará de manos. Un montón de dinero. Como resultado
|Working for the Power DownWednesday, 02 August 2006 | Robert Newman for the Guardian Green Guide|
It’s one thing to live a low-impact personal life, but quite another to do so at work. Most people’s biggest carbon emissions come when they are at work, but these are the hardest to cap because here we have less power.
So in my...
|Can we bank on the BankThursday, 25 May 2006 | Heidi Bachram to be published in the Red Pepper|
With its poor track record on poverty, Heidi Bachram asks the question, should the World Bank play a role in resolving the climate crisis.
The question the World Bank asked itself was ambitious: how to get energy to millions of people that need it, while sustaining economic growth and...
|IMF-World Bank Energy Investment Plan A Recipe for Climate DisasterWednesday, 26 April 2006 | |
The World Bank’s new investment framework to tackle climate change does nothing to address global warming, while sacrificing the poorest on the altar of “business as usual,” activists charged today. The World Bank and IMF staff approved the framework at their spring meetings...
|Don’t be CO2nnedMonday, 10 April 2006 | Adam Ma’anit|
As we begin to face the prospects of a world utterly distressed by climate chaos, many of us are beginning to ask what we can do to be part of the solution. Organisations like CAT have long led the way in promoting the renewable energy revolution we so desperately need as part of a collective...
|Groups Slam Nigeria's Submission of Gas Flare Reductions for Carbon CreditsWednesday, 29 March 2006 | |
On the eve of Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo's visit to Washington, DC, groups from Nigeria, the US and the UK today announced their opposition to the recent decision by the government of Nigeria of its intent to count the discontinuation of illegal gas flaring as a "carbon...
|War of the WordsMonday, 13 March 2006 | Heidi Bachram in the Red Pepper magazine|
You could be forgiven for thinking you were listening to an Orson Welles-like radio broadcast when hearing President Bush's recent State of the Union address. It seemed aliens had landed, kidnapped the President and replaced him with Julia Butterfly when he uttered phrases like “America is...
|Breaking the U.S. Oil AddictionTuesday, 07 February 2006 | |
|Carbon Offset Controversy at Phone Co-op AGMSaturday, 28 January 2006 | Chipping Norton, UK|
Today at the UK based Phone Co-op’s Annual General Meeting, members revolted against the company’s use of so-called ‘carbon offsets’. Member Andrew Wood put forward a motion to discontinue the practice and called such offsets, provided by Oxford-based firm Climate Care,...
|Action Alert: Police raid reclaimed Indigenous lands in BrazilWednesday, 25 January 2006 | Alert Against the Green Desert Movement|
Brazil - On 20 January 2005, Brazil returned to the period of Military Dictatorship (1964-1985) when human rights were systematically violated and the institutions lacked the capacity to protect and defend citizens against the aggression of an authoritarian State. Three delegates and 120 Federal...
|Carbon Trading: A Planetary GambleWednesday, 07 December 2005 | Daphne Wysham. Published in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, USA|
Montreal climate talks analysis
This week in Montreal, climate negotiators will hammer out the terms under which most of the world’s countries move forward on limiting greenhouse gas emissions after 2012, when the Kyoto Protocol expires. Or they won’t. Regardless of...
|Climate Justice Convergence Centre: MontrealSunday, 27 November 2005 | |
27th November-8th Dec 2005
The Climate Justice Convergence Centre was a space where the voices of those struggling against oil and coal extraction, refineries, pollution 'offset' projects, a destabilized climate, oil wars and all the other effects of fossil fuel dependence were...
|Trading the AbsurdThursday, 17 November 2005 | |
NEW REPORT AND FILMED TESTIMONIES AVAILABLE
Caroline shifts nervously in her chair and asks if this angle is OK. After reassurance she smiles shyly at the camera and begins to describe the impacts of fossil fuel company Sasol on her community in South Africa . “Sasol is one of the...
|World Bank bending the carbon credit rules in Czech RepublicThursday, 15 September 2005 | |
release from CEE Bankwatch
Prague, Czech Republic -- Only three out of the sixteen World Bank carbon projects in the Czech Republic are eligible for carbon credit sales, finds a new analysis produced by CEE Bankwatch Network and the Centre for Transport and Energy, a Prague based...
|Guerra de los mundos - y las palabrasSunday, 13 March 2005 | Heidi Bachram para la Revista Pimienta Roja|
Usted podría ser perdonado si pensó que era una transmisión de radio al estilo de Orson Welles- al escuchar al presidente Bush dando su discurso del Estado de la Unión. Parecía que los extraterrestres habían aterrizado, secuestrado al Presidente y lo...
|Durban's perfume rods, plastic covers andWednesday, 09 March 2005 | Trusha Reddy|
In 1980, Bisasar Road Landfill in the Indian suburb of Clare Estate officially opened its gates to rubbish-dumping trucks. I was just three years old at the time and living in the suburb next door. During the course of my entire childhood, the Bisasar Road landfill was a regular topic of...
|Brazil: World Bank loan to plantation company, Aracruz, in breach of bank forest policyMonday, 07 March 2005 | Chris Lang in the WRM Bulletin|
The world's largest producer of bleached eucalyptus pulp has plans to become even bigger. Last year, Aracruz Cellulose produced 2.5 million tons of pulp. The company is looking at five possible sites to build a new, one million tons a year pulp mill. Over the next two years, Aracruz will spend...
|Indigenous peoples of Brazil fight to take back their land from plantationsSaturday, 05 March 2005 | Alert against the Green Desert Movement|
We are fully committed to support the Indians in this important decision, and hope to count with your support, and please, help to spread now this important news.
Alert against the Green Desert Movement - Brazil
4 March 2005
OUR LAND, OUR...
|Indigenous groups submit recommendations on climate change to the UN Commission on Human RightsFriday, 25 February 2005 | |
February 25th - The UNCHR is composed of 53 States and meets each year in regular session in March/April for six weeks in Geneva. In the next session between March 14 – April 22, the Indigenous Environment Network has submitted an intervention with three recommendations. The main...
|Kyoto: What's to Celebrate? Activists Put Kofi Annan on NoticeWednesday, 16 February 2005 | |
While many are celebrating the Kyoto Protocol’s entering into force this week, others are finding cause for grave concern.
A coalition of NGOs, social and environmental activists, communities, scientists and economists from around the world concerned about the climate crisis, the Durban...
|Eucalyptus plantations occupied by local community in Minas GeraisTuesday, 30 November 2004 | Alert Against the Green Desert Movement|
In the early morning of 24 November, around 250 peasants, men and women, inhabitants of the community of Vereda Funda, municipality of Rio Pardo de Minas, North of the state of Minas Gerais, reoccupied an area of about 8,000 hectares planted with eucalyptus plantations, called Olhos...
|Pulp company sends police to Indigenous lands in BrazilThursday, 04 November 2004 | Alert against the Green Desert Movement|
The Alert against the Green Desert Movement in Espírito Santo wants to denounce publicly the authoritarian way and the lack of respect with which Aracruz Celulose has reacted to a legitimate protest action of the Tupinikim and Guarani Indians in Espírito Santo.
On 12 October, 84...
|Grassroots activists condemn pollution tradingSunday, 24 October 2004 | |
Representatives from people's movements and organizations worldwide gathered in South Africa to catalyse a global people's movement for action on climate change and to condemn the rapidly emerging market in carbon as a false solution to the problem.
From 4-7th October 2004 the second meeting...
|On Human Rights Day, groups demand justice in climate conventionSunday, 10 October 2004 | |
Buenos Aires, Argentina - In a press conference today, human rights and environmental organizations participating in the 10th Conference of the Parties for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change condemned the rapidly emerging market in carbon as a failed experiment in solving...