Chris Lang

The IPCC’s climate change report: “Negative emissions” and business as usual

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report this week on the impacts of 1.5°C global warming. The report looks at “related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty”.

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A glimpse at Brazil reveals the big REDD problems that California’s Tropical Forest Standard fails to address

On 5 September 2018, the California Air Resources Board released a draft California Tropical Forest Standard. A 191-page Draft Environmental Analysis was released on 14 September 2018. A public meeting will take place on 15 November 2018, and the California Air Resources Board is inviting comments on the Environmental Analysis before 5 pm on 29 October 2018.

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Red flags: Radley Ventures Nominees, part of the Thorn Medical network, is selling shares in Med Cell Plc, a Liverpool-based firm linked to stem cell company Med Cell Bahamas

A company called Radley Ventures Nominees is involved in selling shares in Med Cell Plc, a UK registered company linked to a stem cell research company in the Bahamas. REDD-Monitor has seen a copy of Radley Ventures Nominees’ “Confidential Private Placement Agreement”. Needless to say, this so-called “investment” raises plenty of red flags.

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Boiler room scammer Michael Nascimento jailed for 13 years

Michael Nascimento has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for his role in a series of boiler room companies.

Between July 2010 and April 2014, the scammers cold called members of the public promoting investment schemes in Madeira. They promised guaranteed returns of between 125% and 228%, and convinced more than 170 people to hand over a total of more than £2.8 million. Of course, no one who invested ever saw any returns.

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‘Actually existing’ REDD: Social tensions, ongoing deforestation, local confusion, financial benefits not delivered

“Early evidence from REDD+ projects suggests major challenges, including: ongoing weak enforcement of domestic laws on forests and land, leading to limited effectiveness; contestation or conflict over property rights and community benefits; as well as securitisation and violence, often perpetrated by government agencies.”

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