Some companies’ net-zero plans include continuing to emit climate-warming greenhouse gases for decades.
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CEOs, including at oil companies and airlines, are relying on trees and oceans to capture and store carbon for them, but the numbers don't add up.
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Companies are using these credits to offset their emissions, though many projects won't meaningfully reduce carbon in the atmosphere.
Activists protest outside of COP25 climate talks in Madrid, Dec. 14, 2019.
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Activists wanted nations to make bigger climate commitments at the Madrid COP-25 meeting, but the meeting's real goal was agreeing on rules for pricing carbon pollution.
A Tsaatan community in northern Mongolia, herding reindeer.
Who wins, who loses and whose natures are being talked about when nature-based solutions are proposed?
The El Segundo Chevron oil refinery, left, and the Bom Futuro National Forest, right.
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California's new plan to fight global climate change is innovative. But it raises tricky ethical questions with no easy answers.
Using blockchain to power Australia’s carbon market could deliver tangible results.
Under the current rules, the federal government takes the most responsibility for buying carbon credits. A blockchain-driven market would be faster, smarter, and much more open.
According to new research, the majority of Canadians in all but three ridings across the country believe their province has already felt the effects of climate change.
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Climate change could take centre stage during Canada's federal election.
Climate teams: if countries pooled resources, they could support a low-emission transformation.
New Zealand is a trailblazer for emissions trading, which could help drive a low-emission transformation, both domestically and overseas, in a post-Paris world.
A farmer harvests soybeans near Lenox, Iowa.
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Whether or not farmers believe human activities are changing the climate (many don't), an agriculture specialist urges them to pursue payments for techniques that return carbon to the soil.
The Niger Delta, where the rights of humans have been violated in the pursuit of oil.
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Global indigenous and human rights movements that oppose the oil, coal and gas industries are charting a path for a fair and just transition to a low carbon energy future.
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For the Paris deal to succeed we'll need some effective carbon matchmaking.
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The climate agreement is littered with references to a whole range of new and expanded market-based tools.
The Paris agreement introduces a new mechanism for international co-operation.
Despite there being no reference to the words “market mechanism” or “carbon market” in the agreement, the agreement clearly establishes a new international carbon market mechanism.
Never mind, we’ve paid some Indians to be green on our behalf.
Should solving global warming be left to market forces or not? Our politicians can't make up their minds.
Having two children could leave more carbon emissions than you can save by changing lightbulbs.
You’ve changed your lightbulbs, you recycle, you’ve retrofitted your house, cycle when you can, and drive an electric car when you can’t. You’re doing your bit to reduce your carbon emissions and prevent…
A reform silver lining lurking behind the clouds?
In 2008, the European carbon market crashed. Carbon emission allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) plunged from €30 per tonne of C02 in June 2008 to €7 at the beginning of 2009. Prices have…
Much more to be done in fertilising the green economy.
The idea of the “green economy” goes in and out of fashion, not least because it is rarely defined and frequently misunderstood. Partly this is because different groups find ways to exaggerate the aspects…
We’re comfortable buying things we can touch, but we can get used to a market in intangibles.
Many are puzzled by the political theory of carbon markets. Why does the Institute for Public Affairs – a libertarian think tank – oppose a market in carbon? Tim Wilson, for example, thinks that private…
Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station: carbon markets are supposed to be effective, not just hot air.
Just as scientists almost universally agree greenhouse gases contribute to the planet’s changing climate, economists almost universally agree the problem is made worse because polluters don’t pay for the…
Does purchasing carbon credits from others really offset our impact on the environment?
Many Australian consumers and businesses are working on ways to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. For some, the carbon tax meets their needs: it’s designed to specifically motivate changes in behaviour…