Some sincere environmentalists believe that markets in carbon offsets will slow climate change. In fact, as Chris Lang of REDD-Monitor explains, carbon offsets are at best a zero sum game.
Carbon trading was supposed to save the climate, but it’s all hot air
The “Green Economy” treats the economy as more important than the ecological system on which the economy depends. Nature is redefined as “natural capital” as a prelude to more intense exploitation.
The executive director of Food & Water Watch says advocates of the ‘green economy’ are promoting the same old dirty economy under a new banner
As predicted when it was introduced, B.C.’s carbon tax has hurt the poor, while doing nothing to cut emissions. Here’s an update … and a video of Simon Butler speaking on Australia’s equally bad plan
WWF and Greenpeace think the European Union’s failed Emissions Trading System can be repaired. That would be fixing the unfixable.
Neither party — the climate deniers or the climate pretenders — proposes effective action against greenhouse gas emissions. Both promote more coal. To see why, just follow the money.
A new study shows that carbon trading and the so-called ‘Clean Development Mechanism’ not only won’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they are damaging the communities, workers and local environments that are most affected by climate change. Across Africa, grassroots movements are fighting the CDM assault.
A bloody struggle in Central America shows how schemes supposedly designed to offset carbon emissions can destroy lives and livelihoods in the world’s poorest countries.
[Quotes and Insights #26] by Dave Riley Die Massnahme (The Measures Taken or The Decision) was the first of Bertolt Brecht’s “learning” plays. It is a heavily didactic perhaps — even a tres propagandistic (egads!) and shocking — but is nonetheless beautifully conceived and written with music by Hans Eisler. It premièred at the Berlin Schauspielhaus […]
The north’s climate debt to Africa should be paid not through such gambling but in genuine income transfers that reach ordinary people, who are taking the brunt of worsening climate chaos (more…)
The genius of carbon markets is to create a new asset class that performs alongside, and reinforces, continued fossil fuel use, rather than interfering with it. (more…)
Including forests in cap-and-trade plans undermine indigenous peoples’ rights, while doing nothing to cut emissions (more…)
A new report shows why the European Union’s effort to impose rules against fraud in carbon is doomed to fail … again (more…)
Europe’s carbon trading plan has produced windfall profits for major polluters, while undermining efforts to reduce pollution (more…)
In addition to being a scam that does nothing to reduce emissions, the do-called clean development mechanism is a disaster for investors who hoped to profit from climate change. (more…)
The big environment groups that support the plan may win the battle for a carbon price, but they are on track to lose the climate change war. (more…)
The plan is a gain for the grass roots campaign for renewable energy, but we must be clear about its limitations (more…)
Friends of the Earth Australia says the newly announced carbon price mechanism will give generous handouts to polluters while having limited impact on greenhouse gas emissions (more…)
“There is no economic mechanism that can substitute for the initiative of an aroused populace.” (more…)