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United Nations Agency Criticizes Carbon Offsets 15.6.2019 Truthout.com
The UN Environment Programme is now criticizing a strategy it had supported for two decades.
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Carbon Credits for Forest Preservation May Be Worse Than Nothing 25.5.2019 Truthout.com
There's no evidence that carbon credts have — or will — deliver the climate benefit they promise.
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Why carbon credits for forest preservation may be worse than nothing 23.5.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The hunger for these offsets is blinding us to the mounting pile of evidence that they haven't -- and won't -- deliver the climate benefit they promise.
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UN's Clean Development Mechanism 'crucial' for Paris goals 8.11.2016 New Kerala: World News
UN's Clean Development Mechanism 'crucial' for Paris goals
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Galapagos project shows way forward for sustainable development 29.5.2016 New Kerala: Technology
New York, May 29 : The success of a global renewable energy project on Ecuador's Galapagos archipelago has given a major boost to the idea of sustainable development, according to a report.
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Paris accord faces 'first test' at meeting on climate adaptation funding - UN rights expert 14.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, May 14 : The signatories to the 2015 Paris Agreement face the first test of their commitment when they meet in Bonn, Germany, next week to negotiate a new mechanism to fund climate adaptation projects, which often displaced indigenous and other communities, a United Nations human rights expert said on Friday.
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The Dark Side of Clean Energy in Mexico 29.1.2016 Truthout.com
The production of electricity from wind power in Mexico's Tehuantepec Isthmus region is seen by the government, developers and industry as a win-win development model. But local communities, including Indigenous farmers, are resisting so-called green development that may actually pollute their land. Bartolo is an Indigenous Zapotec who has been surrounded by the wind farm company Gas Natural Fenosa. (Photo: Santiago Navarro F.) A palm hat worn down by time covers the face of Celestino Bortolo Teran, a 60-year-old Indigenous Zapotec man. He walks behind his ox team as they open furrows in the earth. A 17-year-old youth trails behind, sowing white, red and black corn, engaging in a ritual of ancient knowledge shared between local people and the earth. Neither of the two notices the sound of our car as we arrive "because of the wind turbines," Teran says. Just 50 meters away, a wind farm has been installed by the Spanish company Gas Natural Fenosa. It will generate, at least for the next three decades, what ...
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World Bank calls for $16bn to help Africa weather the effects of climate change 25.11.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Africa climate business plan, emphasising clean energy, efficient farming and urban protection, will be launched by World Bank chief at Paris climate talks

The World Bank has devised a $16bn (£10.6bn) strategy designed to help Africa adapt to climate change and prevent millions of people from sliding into poverty.

By fast-tracking clean energy, efficient farming and urban protection, the measures promise to greatly increase renewable energy across the continent, bolster food production and lead to the planting of billions of trees. It is also hoped that the scheme will improve life in cities and reduce poverty, migration and conflict.

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How’d they pull that off? Cathy de Moll and the unbelievable logistics of arctic exploration 19.10.2015 MinnPost
If the International Trans-Antarctica Expedition took place today instead of back in 1989-90, it would look like yet another obnoxious reality TV show. Will Steger would be pitted against Jean-Louis Etienne in a battle of the leaders. The camera would linger on dwindling food supplies, crevasses and storm clouds. Sad music would accompany sled dog deaths. And that voice-over guy with the low, low voice would say, “Who will survive? Tune in next time to find out who will make it across Antarctica.” Amid the vast noise of competing media, it wouldn’t make much of an impression. In those less distracting days, however, schoolchildren around the world followed the team’s progress via scant 32-character trip reports. People could tune into updates on “The Wide World of Sports.” No one fell into a crevasse or got voted off the continent. The international team of explorers, representing China, Russia, France, Japan, Britain and the U.S., via Minnesotan Steger, made the first crossing of the continent in ...
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India moots incentives for green growth activities at UN climate forum 27.9.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Sep 27 : Indian Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has mooted a new idea of incentivising the green growth activities with 'green credit' instead of relying on carbon credit mechanism.
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Pope attacks emissions trading as a possible 'ploy' 19.6.2015 Hindu: International
Pope Francis attacked one of the major policy initiatives in the fight to combat climate change, warning in his encyclical published on Thursday that the trading carbon credits could merely reward...
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Will BRICS Carbon Traders Bailout Bankers' Climate Strategy? 19.4.2015 Truthout.com
The hope for our collective survival in the face of a likely climate catastrophe has been vested in a combination of multilateral emissions rearrangements and national regulation. But the premise behind the core strategy must be debated. Pirapora, Brazil. (Photo: guilherme/Flickr ) Truthout can only survive through reader support. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help publish journalism with real integrity and independence! The hope for our collective survival in the face of a likely climate catastrophe has been vested in a combination of multilateral emissions rearrangements and national regulation. But the premise behind the core strategy—the 1997 Kyoto Protocol—must be debated. Assuming a degree of state subsidization and increasingly stringent caps on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Kyoto posited that market-centric strategies such as emissions trading schemes and offsets can allocate costs and benefits appropriately so as to shift the burden of mitigation and carbon sequestration ...
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‘Green’ dam linked to killings of six indigenous people in Guatemala 26.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Indigenous people are being ‘terrorised’ after protests against a mega-dam backed by European development banks, whose carbon allowances will be tradable on the EU’s emissions trading system

A planned mega-dam in Guatemala, whose carbon credits will be tradable under the EU’s emissions trading system, has been linked to grave human rights abuses, including the killing of six indigenous people, two of them children.

Several European development banks and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) have provided funds for the $250m (£170m) Santa Rita dam.

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Climate change to Ebola: what happened next? – podcast transcript 2.1.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In 2014, we covered pollution from Mexico City to Manila, corruption in Mali and the Ebola crisis in west Africa. But what happened next? Hugh Muir talks to our reporters to find out

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Brazil should take lead on climate, not just broker talks 4.12.2014 Guardian: Environment
Country’s efforts to keep negotiations moving towards a global agreement should be backed by robust action on cutting emissions and embracing renewables Over the past two decades, Brazil has developed a tradition for helping move international climate negotiations forward at critical moments. However, in the face of climate emergency, lack of ambition and a set of shy measures towards carbon emission reductions can neutralise the best ideas and great diplomatic role played by the country. At the time of the Kyoto protocol , Brazil came up with the idea of a clean development fund, now the clean development mechanism , for helping developing countries engage in cutting emissions . It has also put on the table a bold, if controversial, proposal for burden-sharing based on historical responsibilities for the warming we’ve seen so ...
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A Simpler Solution to Climate Change 19.9.2014 Truthout.com
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UNAIDS names Brazilian footballer as Goodwill Ambassador 17.4.2014 New Kerala: World News
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Ban hails impact of UN climate change treaty 21.3.2014 New Kerala: World News
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Global carbon markets' value dropped 38% in 2013 3.1.2014 Guardian: Environment

Low carbon targets set by governments blamed by analysts for falling carbon price in EU and UN schemes


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Naomi Klein fails to recognise offset challenges 26.9.2013 Guardian: Environment
Efforts to improve and expand carbon offsetting mechanisms should be strengthened – not shunned Offsetting – the practice of paying others to reduce their emissions for you – is the world's best first step in tackling collective inaction on climate change. This view contradicts what is often expressed in these pages, most recently by my compatriot Naomi Klein in her criticisms of green groups . But it reflects one simple truth: the Earth's atmosphere is agnostic about who emits. So long as global emissions are capped at the level that science demands, their distribution is irrelevant. The world's largest and best known offset mechanism is the clean development mechanism (CDM) , administered under the auspices of the United Nations, which Klein described – along with the Kyoto protocol and the European emissions trading system – as "disastrous" at cutting emissions. Operational since 2001, it has registered more than 7,200 projects and issued credits corresponding to almost 1.4bn ...
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