The failure of the UN Climate Action Summit. Helped by the distraction of Natural Climate Solutions

This week saw the UN Climate Action Summit in New York. The highlight was Greta Thunberg’s “How dare you?” speech. She pointed out that the remaining CO2 budget will be gone in less than nine years at today’s emissions levels. “There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures here today,” she predicted.

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Gabon signs US$150 million REDD deal with Norway. Shhh… Don’t mention corruption

At a meeting on 22 September 2019 in New York, Lee White, who was recently appointed Forestry Minister in Gabon, announced a new US$150 million REDD deal with the Central African Forest Initiative. The meeting marked the fifth anniversary of the New York Declaration on Forests. The money will come, surprise, surprise, from Norway.

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California approves the Tropical Forest Standard. Good news for the fossil fuel industry. Bad news for the climate crisis

On 19 September 2019, the California Air Resources Board voted 7-4 to approve the Tropical Forest Standard. CARB is determined to convince us that this is not an approval of REDD offsets in California’s cap-and-trade scheme. In a presentation about the Tropical Forest Standard CARB staff point out that, “Endorsement of the Standard Does Not … Establish tropical forest offset credits for use in the California Cap-and-Trade Program”.

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