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Franklin Kinard sent out another email update yesterday. It’s posted in full below. Kinard is leaving Bar Works. In January 2017, when Konrad Putzer wrote about Bar Works on the New York property website The Real Deal, Jonathan Black was listed as CEO and co-founder. Within weeks, Black’s name was replaced by Kinard’s on Bar […]
On 11 May 2017, four men were sentenced in Blackfriars Crown Court in London to jail for selling precious metals as investments. The metals were almost worthless. The conmen duped retail investors out of £7.75 million. Two of the men, Christopher Sabin and Tobias Ridpath, were jailed for nine years. They were behind two companies: […]
REDD-Monitor’s round-up of the week’s news on forests, climate change, and REDD. For regular updates, follow @reddmonitor on Twitter. 15 May 2017 Ongoing forest destruction has put Asia-Pacific at risk of missing global development targets – UN agency UN News Centre, 15 May 2017 The destruction of forests in many Asian countries continues apace, threatening […]
Bar Works is Renwick Haddow’s latest investment vehicle. Haddow has a history of disastrous investment schemes, the most notorious being the Capital Alternatives network. Bar Works is going the same way, leaving investors worried about where their money has gone. Last week a concerned investor sent REDD-Monitor the most recent string of excuses about why […]
The Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor “has long been regarded as one of Madagascar’s top conservation priorities,” Conservation International tells us on its website. Conservation International is running a REDD project there covering more than 371,000 hectares. Here’s how Conservation International explains what it’s doing with local communities, under the headline, “Avoiding deforestation in Madagascar”: CI aims to […]
Almost 4,000 people are currently in Bonn, taking part in the latest UN climate talks. Many of them will have travelled there by aeroplane. Of course, it’s an important meeting. So important that Indonesia felt the need to register 58 people to take part. But reducing emissions from aviation is not on the agenda in […]
Since 2002, a moratorium on new industrial logging concessions has helped protect the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Now the government of DRC wants to open up its forests to more logging. As much as 35% of the country’s forest could be threatened with destruction. The 2002 moratorium was supposed to be a […]
REDD-Monitor’s round-up of the week’s news on forests, climate change, and REDD. For regular updates, follow @reddmonitor on Twitter. 8 May 2017 It’s too soon to bury REDD+ By Kate Evans, CIFOR Forests News, 8 May 2017 Is REDD+ dead? The ambitious plan for reducing carbon emissions in the tropics by preventing deforestation and forest […]
Bar Works is a US-based company apparently hoping to copy the success of WeWork in the co-working sector. But in January 2017, an article on the US property website The Real Deal, exposed the role of Renwick Haddow in Bar Works. Bar Works told Konrad Putzier, a journalist with The Real Deal, that Haddow was […]
Yesterday, in a press briefing in the White House, President Trump’s press adviser, Sean Spicer, spoke about Trump’s discussions with his advisers about whether or not to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Before we look at Spicer’s comments, let’s remind ourselves what Trump said in May 2016, when he promised to “cancel the Paris Agreement”: […]

New study adds urgency to end UN carbon offsetting scheme

Brussels 19 April 2017. The European Commission has released a new study showing major flaws in carbon offsets from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). As countries flesh out the rules to implement the Paris Agreement, Carbon Market Watch calls for an end to the scheme, and a shift away from offsetting as a climate policy approach.

OECD opens investigation into WWF in world first

In an unprecedented move, a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has agreed to investigate a complaint that the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has funded human rights abuses in Cameroon, beginning a process which until now has only been used for multinational businesses.

TAMS: Failed experiments with carbon in Madagascar

Once hailed as a pilot carbon project for the whole of Africa, by the time this video was made, in 2010, TAMS was at a halt and would never resume. In its wake it left unfulfilled promises of forest restoration, work and revenue. Andasibe did indeed become a test site for carbon projects, but the results have not been as widespread as its original promises.

Paris climate terror could endure for generations

By Patrick Bond December 15, 2015 Paris witnessed both explicit terrorism by religious extremists on November 13 and a month later, implicit terrorism by carbon addicts negotiating a world treaty that guarantees catastrophic climate change. The first incident left...

Escaping carbon slavery: the view from Nigeria

via New Internationalist Magazine The climate negotiations have done worse than nothing to prevent climate change. Nigerian activist Adesuwa Uwagie-Ero takes us on a historical journey, and suggests some ways to shift the international process onto a path toward...

Will Paris save the climate? Of course it won’t

 By Chris Lang9 July 2015 “U.N. climate deal in Paris may be graveyard for 2C goal,” is the headline of a recent Reuters article, which points out that the chances of keeping global warming below 2°C are rapidly disappearing. The article includes a quotation from...

WTO Protesters Denounce REDD Rice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2013 Reject carbon trading with food Contacts: Indra Lubis, Via Campesina, SPI, +6281266660561 (Bahasa and English) Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, +62 812 3724 2271 – Indonesia + 1 218 760 0442 - USA Denpasar,...

New study adds urgency to end UN carbon offsetting scheme

Brussels 19 April 2017. The European Commission has released a new study showing major flaws in carbon offsets from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). As countries flesh out the rules to implement the Paris Agreement, Carbon Market Watch calls for an end to the scheme, and a shift away from offsetting as a climate policy approach.

OECD opens investigation into WWF in world first

In an unprecedented move, a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has agreed to investigate a complaint that the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has funded human rights abuses in Cameroon, beginning a process which until now has only been used for multinational businesses.

Norway’s failed REDD experiment in Tanzania

Norway launched REDD in Tanzania in 2008, with a promise to fund US$83 million over a five year period. But in a recent article in Development Today, Jens Friis Lund, Mathew Bukhi Mabele and Susanne Koch argue that Norway’s involvement in REDD in Tanzania “failed to...

TAMS: Failed experiments with carbon in Madagascar

Once hailed as a pilot carbon project for the whole of Africa, by the time this video was made, in 2010, TAMS was at a halt and would never resume. In its wake it left unfulfilled promises of forest restoration, work and revenue. Andasibe did indeed become a test site for carbon projects, but the results have not been as widespread as its original promises.

Governor Ayade’s Contradictions on REDD in Cross River State, Nigeria

This week, Benedict Bengioushuye Ayade, the governor of Nigeria’s Cross River State, will be in Guadalajara, Mexico taking part in the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force Annual Meeting. The aim of the GCF is to link states and provinces running REDD programmes with carbon markets in the rich countries. But before getting carried away with the REDD promotion tour in Guadalajara, it’s worth taking a quick look at Ayade’s record so far in Cross River State.

Calif. Carbon Plan Puts Rainforest Credits Down, Not Out

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez Law360, New York (July 19, 2016, 9:53 PM ET) California air regulators said last week that the Golden State's carbon trading program won't allow companies to buy credits generated from the preservation of Mexican and Brazilian rain forests to...

Decision on REDD in California postponed – for a couple of months

Yesterday, California’s Air Resources Board released a preliminary draft of proposed amendments to its Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) aimed at extending the cap and trade scheme beyond 2020. The big news for REDD watchers is that the ARB’s preliminary draft...

The virtual economy of REDD: Conflicts of interest, hot air, and dodgy baselines

In order for REDD projects to generate carbon credits, a “baseline scenario” has to be created. This is supposed to reflect what would have happened under business-as-usual, or what would have happened in the absence of the REDD project. The baseline is also necessary to show that the REDD project is additional, that the reduced emissions would not have happened without the project.

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