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  1. Our land is worth more than carbon

    17 November 2016
    Article

    The Paris Agreement required the 196 Parties to the UN Climate Convention to limit temperature increases to 2° or 1.5°C below preindustrial levels. While COP21 benefited from a high degree of mobilization linked to the adoption of an international agreement, COP 22 on the other hand has received rather less attention. Yet the stakes remain significant. In its haste, COP 22, being called the “action COP” or the “agriculture COP”, is in danger of adopting various misguided solutions for agriculture.

  2. COP21 charades: Spin, lies and real hope in Paris

    Nick Buxton
    19 April 2016
    Article

    The Paris COP21 talks failed to deliver a meaningful result, judged from either a scientific or social justice point-of-view. However it did reveal the presence of an increasingly sophisticated and powerful climate justice movement that heralds the most hope for a just response to the global climate crisis.

  3. Forget Backloading and Scrap the ETS!

    03 July 2013
    Article

    Organisations and people's movements are opposing the EU attempt to reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as a measure that will merely further entrench fossil fuel use.

  4. As COP17 approaches: Dirty Durban’s manual for climate greenwashing

    Patrick Bond
    30 August 2011
    Article

    Will the host city for the November-December world climate summit, COP17, clean up its act? The launch of Durban's strategy, Towards a Low Carbon City suggests the new municipal leaders are climate greenwashers, disguising high-carbon economic policies with pleasing rhetoric.

  5. Leaving Oil in the Soil

    Patrick Bond
    04 August 2011
    Article

    Civil society must combine it's strengths to insist that oil is best left in the ground. 

  6. The banksters and the climate fund

    Patrick Bond
    28 April 2011
    Article

    The resumé of Trevor Manuel, confirmed co-chair of the Green Climate Fund, gives reason to worry. As South Africa's finance minister, he frequently rewarded transnational corporations at the cost of rising inequality, unemployment and environmental degradation.

  7. Africa and the climate finance controversy

    Patrick Bond
    20 October 2010
    Article

    Will Africa end up paying for technologies that commodify life, or demand reparations for ecological damage done by the North?

  8. Carbon market “growth” is mainly fraudulent, World Bank report shows

    Oscar Reyes
    03 August 2010
    Article

    The global carbon market grew in 2009. Far from signalling a success, this reflects a massive increase in fraud, the dumping of surplus emissions permits by industry, and a rise in financial speculation.

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    Beyond Carbon Markets

    Oscar Reyes, Tamra Gilbertson
    10 December 2009
    Article

    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.

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    From climate denialism to activist alliances

    Patrick Bond
    01 December 2009
    Article

    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.

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    Taking care of business

    Oscar Reyes
    24 November 2009
    Article

    The world’s biggest corporations have hijacked the UN climate talks. That’s bad news for our future.

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    Carbon trading isn’t working

    Kevin Smith
    09 November 2009
    Article

    Last week, Graciela Chichilnisky wrote that carbon trading can save a climate-change agreement. However, such markets haven’t worked – and won’t in future.

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    Unveiling Carbon Trading

    Oscar Reyes, Tamra Gilbertson
    05 November 2009
    Article

    Carbon trading is a complex system which sets itself a simple goal: to make it cheaper for companies and governments to meet emissions reduction targets.

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    Carbon Trading

    • aleksej
    11 September 2009
    A guide to why carbon trading will not work in justly tackling climate change and what alternatives might.
  15. The road to Copenhagen - from Washington to Bonn

    Oscar Reyes, Interview with Oscar Reyes
    08 June 2009
    Article
    With a new President in the White House there’s a fresh approach to climate change and energy policy in the US. But the Energy bill currently going through Congress is based on the widely-criticised “Cap & Trade” system and has been weakened further by a massive corporate lobbying campaign. How does this feed into the UN talks in Bonn in June which prepare the way for the critical meeting in Copenhagen in December?
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    Carbon Trading: flaw at the heart of Democrats’ climate bill

    Oscar Reyes
    28 May 2009
    Article
    The oil, gas and coal industry lobbyists who have spent almost $45 million on President Obama´s clean energy plan in recent months need not worry: it is so full of holes that US industry could avoid making any reductions at home until at least 2026, rendering talk of a 17 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 largely meaningless.
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    Carbon trading from Kyoto to Copenhagen

    Oscar Reyes
    23 May 2009
    Article
    Climate change is a structural problem that came about, largely, through the continued exploitation of fossil fuels as a cheap fuel source since the industrial revolution
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    Poznan Climate Talks: fiddling while the earth burns

    Oscar Reyes
    16 December 2008
    Article
    The UN Climate Conference in Poznan, Poland failed to achieve any breakthrough towards a global climate deal – a sign not merely of bad timing, but of a fundamentally flawed system that takes no account of climate justice.
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