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Offsetting is a massive threat to wildlife, warn environmental groups

Biodiversity offsetting is already being used by developers to justify schemes that will cause irreversible harm to nature, warn over 15 environment groups across the world today (Monday 2 June 2014), ahead of a major biodiversity offsetting conference in London this week.[1] The conference – “To No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Beyond” on 3 and 4 June[2] –will […]

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Nature is not for sale – 2nd Forum on Natural Commons

Where and when June 2nd, 5-8pm Regent’s Park Hub, London Invitation The UK government appears hell-bent on pushing through biodiversity offsetting – which will allow wildlife and habitats to be destroyed across the country, so long as it is ‘replaced’ elsewhere. The policy is inherently flawed: biodiversity offsetting ignores the difficulties in recreating ecosystems, it […]

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Carbon Credit 2 – Therapy

Since its foundation, the European Union has increasingly relied on market mechanisms to solve its problems. Initially creating economic interdependence was the main ingredient of its peace project but since the 1970’s market deregulation became the main recipe for practically every problem it faced, from energy crisis over unemployment to budgetary deficits and so on. […]

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Natural capital: a fairytale with an unhappy ending

The idea of putting a price on nature to protect it is gaining ground. End of November big companies, banks, governments and even the United Nations gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland for the first World Forum on Natural Capital (WFNC). We were present as well. Not to join their party but to resist the idea that […]

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Extractive Energy: How the EU ETS exacerbates climate change

Our colleagues from Carbon Trade Watch have recently published this report questioning the EU’s dependency on fossil fuels and the role of the EU ETS. Energy in the EU is dominated by fossil fuels. About 77% of energy used by the average European citizen is met by oil, gas and coal. Nuclear power provides an […]

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Over 100 organisations call for an end to biodiversity offsetting plans

Edinburgh, November 21 – Today, at the opening of the World Forum on Natural Capital[1] in Edinburgh, 140 organisations from all over the world are releasing a statement to say ‘No to biodiversity offsetting’. The statement was launched in a counter forum on Natural Commons[2] taking place in Edinburgh at the same time. Biodiversity offsetting […]

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Campaigners warn of dangers of ‘privatised nature’

  By Ilona Amos, originally appeared in The Scotsman INTERNATIONAL campaigners have accused governments and business leaders attending an international conference in Edinburgh of attempting to “privatise nature”. As the two-day inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital gets under way in Edinburgh, economic justice groups have condemned its aim to put a price tag on […]

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International conference attempting to ‘privatise nature’ under attack

Campaigners have slammed a conference taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland this week for attempting to privatise nature by giving it a financial value. The first ever World Forum on Natural Capital is to be held in Scotland’s capital on Thursday and Friday (21-22 November). Corporations attending the finance-led conference, including RBS, Coca Cola, Rio Tinto […]

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Carbon Credit! (The first superhero who smokes)

Carbon markets – the never ending fairytale Once upon a time, not so long ago, world leaders gathered to make an agreement to fight climate change. They met in Japan and agreed to the famous Kyoto Protocol. A principal feature of the Protocol turned out to be carbon trading: a magical solution to curb CO2 […]

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EU and big polluters ignore climate action – pushing to expand carbon markets at COP19

The EU aims to expand carbon markets that would benefit big polluters at the UN climate talks, COP19 in Poland, says a statement signed by 130+ groups, movements and networks. The Statement denounces the corporate capture of COP19 by the same companies that stand to profit.[i] “The European Commission and the carbon crooks who turn […]

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