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Local villager

The carbon con: the true cost of offsetting

Ecologist

29th November, 2011

Exclusive film looks at allegations that a coal power project in central India, approved under the UN's Clean Development Mechanism, is destroying forests and livelihoods more...
Corn seller

Food speculation – how betting on food commodities fuels Mexico’s tortilla crisis

Tom Levitt

13th September, 2011

A surge in financial speculation on maize is causing vastly inflated prices for corn tortillas - a sacred staple in Mexico - and threatening the health and livelihoods of the country's poor. Tom Levitt investigates more...
Niger's water crisis

Water trading: how the world's most vital resource is up for sale

Debika Ray

21st September, 2011

Like carbon trading, REDD and food speculation before it, the buying and selling of water is just the latest example of market principles being applied to natural resources. But just how ethical is it? Debika Ray reports more...
Corn seller

Mexico's poor suffer as food speculation fuels tortilla crisis

Tom Levitt

13th September, 2011

A surge in financial speculation on maize is causing vastly inflated prices for corn tortillas - a sacred staple in Mexico - and threatening the health and livelihoods of the country's poor. Tom Levitt investigates more...
Corn seller

Mexico's poor suffer as food speculation fuels tortilla crisis

Tom Levitt

13th September, 2011

A surge in financial speculation on maize is causing vastly inflated prices for corn tortillas - a sacred staple in Mexico - and threatening the health and livelihoods of the country's poor. Tom Levitt investigates more...
beach

Carbon offsetting version two: a greener way to travel?

Valentina Jovanovski

12th May

Carbon offsetting isn't perfect but Much Better Adventures’ partnership with environmental charity, the Converging World, has produced an initiative that just might work more...
World map

The beginners guide to (rogue) carbon trading

The Ecologist

3rd May, 2011

The Environmental Investigation Agency's animated film highlighting how the global trade in carbon credits is open to abuse and exploitation... more...
Fair trade carbon trading

Fair trade carbon credits: will certification benefit people and planet?

Adam Corner

3rd May, 2011

In Uganda, as in the rest of the world, carbon trading is a controversial topic. But could the concept of fair trade carbon credits revolutionise the sector, or is it just a distraction from the bigger problems with carbon markets? Adam Corner investigates more...
Disney

Disney caught up in carbon offsetting controversy

William McLennan

7th April, 2011

Disney avoids emission cuts by investing $15.5 million in carbon offsetting schemes criticised by campaigners, including projects soon to be banned in the EU more...
Passing over a credit card

Energy rationing would give 'common purpose' in cutting carbon emissions

Tom Levitt

19th January, 2011

The idea of a personal energy allowance, dismissed by government officials, could help ensure fair and equal access to energy and spur collective action to meet emission reduction targets says a new report more...
Carbon dioxide emissions

California overcomes oil opposition to approve the first US carbon-trading scheme

Tom Levitt

17th December, 2010

The state, the eighth largest economy in the world, hopes to create the second biggest carbon market after Europe when it opens in 2012 more...
Tropical rainforests

Shell funding of forest protection scheme could result in 'largest land grab of all time'

Ecologist

8th September, 2010

Oil giant's investment in Indonesian REDD conservation project is a crude attempt to increase profit and gloss over its expanding oil drilling operations, say campaigners more...

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RBS

Barclays Bank, British Gas and RBS implicated in ‘scandalous’ carbon trading scheme

Ecologist

24th June, 2010

British companies accused of profiting from emissions trading scheme while consumers foot the bill more...
A bulldozer

What is biodiversity offsetting and how would it work?

Tom Levitt

9th June, 2010

European observers say it is going to be as ‘big as the carbon market’, but is buying a licence to cause ecological damage a sound strategy? Tom Levitt investigates more...
An airplane

US airlines mount legal challenge to EU emission cuts

Ecologist

1st June, 2010

American aviation sector accused of using 'every trick in the book' to block the European Union's efforts to reduce carbon emissions more...
Carbon dioxide emissions

Letter - Time to get serious with the EU Emission Trading Scheme

27th May, 2010

Mark Chadwick

Mark Chadwick from Carbon Clear argues a full auctioning of ETS permits is needed if the trading scheme is to start working more...
Steel manufacturing

Industry threats to relocate over carbon targets exposed as 'misleading'

Ecologist

22nd May, 2010

Heavy industry has pleaded for special treatment since the European Emissions Trading System was set up, but a new report suggests their complaints were exaggerated more...
Passing over a credit card

What if we all traded energy between ourselves?

Mark Jansen

16th March, 2010

The time may soon be coming when every government will need to think about rationing fossil fuel usage. What's the quickest and most equitable way to do it? more...
Dan Box

Having both emissions trading and feed-in tariffs is a waste of time

Dan Box

12th March, 2010

The new feed-in tariffs are nothing if not controversial, but they also run the risk of conflicting with other, international, climate change policies more...
Pricing Carbon book

EU carbon trading scheme has been 'an enormous success'

Danny Ellerman

9th March, 2010

The European Emissions Trading Scheme was always going to disappoint the NGOs who wanted a perfect climate solution, but simply bashing it ignores the progerss that can be made through small steps more...
Pricing Carbon book

European carbon trading labelled 'model for the world'

Ecologist

1st March, 2010

The world’s first carbon trading scheme should be used as a model for global cap-and-trade says leading American economist more...
Guardian Environment Network

MPs propose carbon tax to boost green investment

Terry Macalister

8th February, 2010

MPs say a carbon tax is needed to get the EU emissions trading scheme working more...
Dan Box

What the carbon market did after Copenhagen: nothing

Dan Box

2nd February, 2010

Come 31st of January - the day when international emissions cuts were supposed to be announced - carbon markets should have rocketed. They didn't, and that's a bad sign more...
Guardian Environment Network

Carbon traders quit emissions market amid drop in demand

Tim Webb

25th January, 2010

Banks are pulling out of the carbon-offsetting market after Copenhagen failed to reach agreement on emissions targets more...

UK emissions figures distorted by offsets, say MPs

Ecologist

11th January, 2010

UK emissions figures are ‘misleading’ and need to be recounted because they include offsets, according to a committee of MPs more...

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