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CARBON FORWARD 2018: Will international carbon trade thrive under the Paris Agreement?

Published 18:46 on September 18, 2018  /  Last updated at 22:33 on September 19, 2018  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Switzerland, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The world’s biggest carbon offset market is set to sunset in 2020, with governments at odds over how the UN CDM’s thousands of projects and billions of carbon credits should be subsequently treated under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

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Four British carbon investment fraudsters sentenced to 32 years in prison

Published 07:07 on September 17, 2018  /  Last updated at 07:08 on September 17, 2018  /  Bavardage, EMEA, Kyoto Mechanisms, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Four British men have been jailed for a combined 32.5 years after being found to have operated a £2.4 million fraud that involved mis-selling carbon credits to 130 victims.

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California court prepares to discontinue merits hearing, issue stay in lawsuit against San Diego offset plan

Published 23:29 on September 14, 2018  /  Last updated at 02:11 on September 15, 2018  /  Americas, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

A California Superior Court is planning to end a merit hearing and issue a stay to environmental groups who have opposed a San Diego county proposal that would allow out-of-state and international offsets to compensate for new housing developments.

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FOREST TRENDS: Illegal mining forces suspension of ground-breaking voluntary forest carbon project in Brazil

Published 04:46 on September 11, 2018  /  Last updated at 07:50 on September 11, 2018  /  Americas, Climate Talks, Conversations, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

As the first indigenous-led conservation effort to be financed through the sale of carbon offsets, the Suruí Forest Carbon Project (PCFS in Portuguese) dramatically slowed deforestation and incubated sustainable livelihood programs in Brazil’s Sete de Setembro Indigenous Territory (TISS), but a dramatic surge in illegal mining activities throughout the region in which TISS is located has forced the Paiter-Suruí indigenous people and their partners to suspend the program indefinitely.

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Nations seek stripped-down Paris rulebook as work piles up

Published 14:01 on September 9, 2018  /  Last updated at 04:52 on September 11, 2018  /  Aviation, Climate Talks, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Governments are planning to agree only core elements of global guidance for international emissions trade this year, stripping down Article 6 text to the bare essentials as work mounts up on the wider Paris Agreement rulebook.

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CDM board celebrates centennial meeting, makes scheme tweaks ahead of key summit

Published 19:51 on September 5, 2018  /  Last updated at 19:51 on September 5, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The CDM’s Executive Board held its 100th meeting last week in Bangkok, ahead of intersessional UN climate talks this week in the Thai capital, agreeing a handful of scheme modifications in advance of this year’s crucial COP24 summit.

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Carbon Pulse hires top carbon expert to lead Americas coverage

Published 23:00 on September 3, 2018  /  Last updated at 23:54 on September 3, 2018  /  Americas, Aviation, Bavardage, Canada, Carbon Taxes, Conversations, International, Mexico, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Shipping, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

**FREE READ** – Carbon Pulse has hired one of North America’s top carbon market experts to lead its news coverage and expand its offerings on the continent.

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UNFCCC pulls offsetting promotion after being accused of mocking low-carbon lifestyle changes

Published 20:35 on August 29, 2018  /  Last updated at 19:09 on August 30, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Aviation, Bavardage, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, South Korea, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The UN’s climate division hastily pulled a social media campaign and accompanying video relaunching its voluntary offsetting platform on Wednesday, just hours after the ad was panned by campaigners and other viewers for mocking people’s efforts to lead a low-carbon lifestyle.

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Methane offsets are getting more lucrative, but still may not spark an investor rush

Published 09:50 on August 17, 2018  /  Last updated at 21:29 on August 17, 2018  /  Americas, Canada, International, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

North American methane-cutting projects are becoming more lucrative as regulators and standards update their offset crediting calculations, but developers are still seeking alignment with other policies and considering whether more profitable incentives lie elsewhere.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: The market for grassland carbon credits is on the rise. Here’s why.

Published 20:25 on August 15, 2018  /  Last updated at 20:26 on August 15, 2018  /  Americas, Conversations, REDD, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

A new study from UC Davis found that “grasslands and rangelands are more resilient carbon sinks than forests in 21st century California.” While forests remain vital to global climate mitigation efforts, the increasing frequency and severity of wildfires has heightened the need to explore additional carbon sinks in fire-prone regions. Grasslands lock carbon into the soil, and they don’t release it during wildfires.

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