Category Archives: Climate Change

A Climate-Smart Christmas present?

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Farming Carbon Credits a Con for Africa: The many faces of Climate Smart Agriculture

“African Agriculture has been ignored by UN Climate Change discussions!” bellowed the South African minister for Agriculture, Tina Joemat-Pettersen at the high-level launch of Climate Smart Agriculture during the Durban climate negotiations. “We need your ideas to over throw this … Continue reading

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Civil Society letter to Africa: No to soil carbon markets

To: African Agriculture and Environment Ministers  Date: November 22, 2011  Subject: Durban COP17, agriculture and soil carbon markets  We, the undersigned civil society organisations from Africa and around the world, strongly object to a decision in Durban for an agriculture … Continue reading

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The Financialisation of Nature: linking food, land grabs, climate & mining

Rising food prices, land grabbing, biofuels, carbon offsets, mining… In recent years, many of us in the Gaia and African Biodiversity Network (ABN) family have felt as if the threats to communities and ecosystems are not only intensifying, but multiplying. … Continue reading

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Fuelling Africa’s Land Grab

The UK’s target of 5% biofuels in transport fuel really is having a disastrous impact on Africa, in spite of policy makers’ wishful thinking.  As the now-disbanded Renewable Fuels Agency admitted in January, less than a third of UK biofuel imports are currently meeting … Continue reading

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Clear as Mud: Why agriculture and soils should not be included in carbon offset schemes

Carbon offsetting is big business.  And it’s growing bigger, as carbon traders and industries look for ever- more opportunities for claiming offsets.  Interest is growing in the potential for agriculture to be included in carbon offset schemes, as soils can … Continue reading

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Africa’s pollution and land grab threat from UN carbon market

Press Release from the Gaia Foundation.  Monday 28 February 2011 The United Nation’s carbon offset mechanism is rewarding pollution, and could lead to a land grab for industrial biofuels, tree plantations, genetically modified crops and biochar projects in Africa A … Continue reading

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