|A Tree for a Fish: The (il)logic behind selling biodiversityCarbon Trade Watch|
Putting a price on ecological systems has been around for several decades, although it was especially heightened during the UN climate negotiations with the introduction of the carbon market, a system which places a monetary value on the carbon-cycle capacity of nature for trade in financial...
|The Natural Capital Finance Facility: A window into the green economyCarbon Trade Watch|
This new publication aims to break down the complexities of emerging "nature" financing by exploring a new pilot facility put forward by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, called the Natural Capital Finance Facility. The authors discover the lack of transparency...
|Natural Gas Lock-in: Current politics in the European UnionCarbon Trade Watch|
The paper wants to start questioning the emphasis in EU policies on natural gas and three elements in particular:
• Natural gas as transition fuel
• The massive planned investments in gas-related...
|Protecting carbon to destroy forests: Land enclosures and REDD+Carbon Trade Watch|
The need to halt the alarming rates of deforestation and forest degradation is without hesitation of high importance. Forests destruction displaces forest dependant peoples, often destroying their livelihoods and violating human rights. Moreover, even though the majority of...
|NGO report busts the myths of the Emissions Trading SchemeScrap the EU-ETS|
Why it must be replaced with direct action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Brussels, April 15th– The European Parliament votes tomorrow on the European Commission's proposal to backload 900 million emissions permits within the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). This vote...
|Green is the color of Money: The EU ETS faliure as a model for the green economyCarbon Trade Watch|
The author of the report, Ricardo Coelho stated: “Carbon trading cannot deliver the necessary phase out of fossil fuels nor can it question the destructive over-production and consumption model that lies at the heart of industrialized countries’ economies. By diverting resources...
|Castles in the Air: The Spanish State, public funds and the EU-ETSCarbon 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 todoAccion 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 businessephemeraweb.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...
|Nothing Neutral Here: Large-scale biomass subsidies in the UK and the role of the EU ETSCarbon Trade Watch|
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|Paying the Polluters: EU emissions trading and the new corporate electricity subsidiesCarbon 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...
|Carbon trading in Africa - A critical reviewTrusha Reddy (editor)|
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|No REDD Papers: Vol. 1No 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 campaignersthe 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...
|Caught in the cross-hairs: how industry lobbyists are gunning for EU climate targetsCarbon 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...
|Key Arguments Against Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+)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...
|Some Key REDD+ PlayersCarbon 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...
|More is less: a case against sectoral carbon marketsOscar 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...
|EU Emissions Trading System: failing at the third attemptCarbon 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...
|Africa's pollution and land grab threat from UN carbon marketThe 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...