Although carbon offsets are often presented as emissions reductions,
they do not actually reduce emissions. At best, they move reductions to
where it is cheapest to make them, which normally means a shift from
Northern to Southern countries.
South African based multinational, Sasol, is nominated for the Angry
Mermaid Award for its national and international lobbying campaign to
promote Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a clean solution to the
dirty business of producing liquid fuels from coal and gas. Tristen Taylor of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg tells the story of its many attempts to benefit from carbon trading.
Why are some countries intent on killing Kyoto? Do the reductions targets tell the whole story? Who is paying for it all? This fact sheet answers all your questions about the UN climate talks in Copenhagen.
What is wrong with cap and trade? Who profits from these schemes? What is EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)? Can cap and trade markets be reformed? This fact sheet answers all your questions about cap and trade.
Seattle offers a lesson to the African negotiators at the climate talks: by walking out - alongside civil society protesters - and halting a bad deal in Copenhagen on December 18, we can together pave the way for subsequent progress.
Due to the resistance of the northern governments, it now appears extremely unlikely that the Copenhagen climate conference will produce the strong, comprehensive agreement which the world needs to avert irreversible climate change.
It would be better for India to walk out of the talks then “greenwash” a deal that lets
the North shirk its responsibility for climate change and pass on a good portion of its burden on to the South’s underprivileged people.
As politicians meet for more climate talks in Barcelona, they continue to be fixated on measures like carbon trading that will only exacerbate the climate crisis. Fortunately the last year in the UK and worldwide has shown that direct action against carbon-intensive projects can deliver results.
India’s response to climate change has been paltry, half-hearted and directed at preserving existing elite lifestyles. Its credibility in international negotiations will only be restored if it takes urgent measures to reduce domestic energy use.