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Companies’ net-zero pledges count on vast expanses of forest to hold carbon so they can continue emitting. AFP via Getty Images

Forests can’t handle all the net-zero emissions plans – companies and countries expect nature to offset too much carbon

Yes, trees and soils can absorb and store carbon, but the carbon doesn’t stay stored forever. That’s one of the problems with how net-zero plans for the climate are being designed.
Coal accounted for 10 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions globally in 2018. Germany plans to close its coal-fired power stations, like this one in Luetzerath, by 2038. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

COP26: Strong carbon-trading rules could help the world avoid dangerous levels of global warming

A global emissions-credit trading system could bring an end to the production of coal-fired electricity, spur innovation and help countries meet their greenhouse gas emissions goals.
The oil industry was aware of the risks of climate change decades ago. Barry Lewis/InPictures via Getty Images

What Big Oil knew about climate change, in its own words

Transcripts and internal documents show how the industry shifted from leading research into fossil fuels’ effect on the climate to sowing doubt about science.

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