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What’s Yours is Mined: How the extractive industries are leading a new wave of global land grabbing

The issue of land grabbing has itself grabbed headlines recently.  Biofuels, so-called agricultural investors, and commodity speculators buying up land have all been criticised for driving a wave of land grabbing and ecosystem destruction in Africa, Asia and Latin America. … Continue reading

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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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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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Mass-Hypnotism in Cancun Climate Delusion

Where “saving multilateralism” means burning the planet We sat in disbelief as the crowds leapt to their feet, cheering, applauding, whooping and whistling the Mexican chair of the Cancun climate negotiations.  Mexico’s Foreign Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, graciously bowed her head, … Continue reading

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