World Rainforest Movement

Carbon Offsets and Trading: A logic that violates Indigenous and human rights

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

For the majority of people in the Global North, little attention was given to the details of the recently signed agreement during the UN...

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What “rights” are defended in the Paris Agreement and in the plans with false solutions to the climate crisis?

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

There are many analyses of the Paris Agreement and the reasons why it is a disaster for the climate. One critique is that it does not...

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The Corporate cookbook: how climate criminals have captured the UN talks

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The market-based and techno-fix solutions on the table for the 2015 UN climate talks are diverting attention from the real culprits and...

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Mausam Magazine from India: voices for climate justice

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The India Climate Justice Collective has released the fifth issue of the “Mausam” magazine. This time the focus is on India’s...

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Keep fossil fuels in the ground: a declaration for the health of Mother Earth

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

A declaration to be launched during the UN climate negotiations aims to draw attention to the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground and...

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The contradictions behind the “Zero Deforestation” pledge

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The UN climate negotiations in Paris will again put a lot of emphasis on forests, which are seen as mere carbon stores. One of the most...

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Paths Beyond Paris: Movements, action and solidarity towards Climate Justice

Posted on Dec 2, 2015

By Carbon Trade Watch. After over 20 years of international climate change negotiations, talks continue to move further away from...

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Compilation of 2015 WRM’s Bulletin articles on the “Economy with Nature”

Posted on Nov 26, 2015

For decades, governments and intergovernmental agencies like the UN or the World Bank have been busy finding ways to allow the flow of...

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COP 21 of the Climate Change Convention – Paris 2015

Posted on Nov 24, 2015

The 21st Conference of Parties of the Convention about the issue of Climate Changes will take place in Paris, France, between 30 November...

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Declaration: Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the renewable energy definition

Posted on Nov 20, 2015

  We, the signatories of this declaration, are calling on the European Union (EU) to exclude bioenergy from its next Renewable Energy...

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Together, we can cool the planet!

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

A new video by La Vía Campesina and GRAIN is part of a campaign to highlight the key role of the industrialized food system to the climate...

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Civil Society says NO to “Climate Smart Agriculture”

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

An international statement signed by over 250 organizations and movements from around the world expresses deep concerns about the growing...

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La Via Campesina: Call to Action for UN climate talks in Paris

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Climate disruptions cause widespread hunger, migration and the worsening of living conditions for millions of rural families, especially...

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REDD Alert! How REDD+ projects undermine peasant farming and real solutions to climate change

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

Agriculture is increasingly being discussed at high level forums on climate change that promote different programmes which they claim will...

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Two bright shining lies teaming up: Certification roundtables and REDD+

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

    Certification has been described as the brightest of bright shining lies of the sustainability movement. And in recent...

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Trade deals, agribusiness and the climate crisis

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  The climate talks in Paris in December this year are viewed as a last chance for the world’s governments to commit to binding...

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Call to Action to reject REDD and extractive industries

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Once again, the world’s governments will meet at the end of this year within the United Nations convention framework to supposedly...

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New issue of the Mausam newsletter from India: talking climate in public space

Posted on May 6, 2015

The India Climate Justice collective has published the third issue of the Mausam magazine aiming to facilitate constructive and creative...

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To reject REDD+ and extractive industries to confront capitalism and defend life and territories

Posted on Apr 19, 2015

Due to the UN climate negotiations -COP20- and the Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change, held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014, over 100...

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Declaration of the People’s Summit on Climate Change, Lima, Peru

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The People’s Summit on Climate Change was held December 8-11 in opposition to the false solutions being discussed at the UN climate...

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What is the biggest REDD+ contradiction?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

  For almost ten years, a group of banks, corporations, governments and NGOs have been attempting to show the world that REDD+ is a...

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News from the 20th Conference of the Parties of the CCC – Lima

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force in 1994, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas...

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Organization and mobilization against the corporate takeover of the climate summit convened by Ban Ki-moon in New York City

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

More than 330 international organizations, social movements and networks are publicly denouncing the corporate takeover of the climate...

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Manifesto of the women of CLOC-VíaCampesina Peru from the First National Conference of Women for Climate Justice in Defense of Mother Earth, toward COP20

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

In the global level, we energetically reject “false solutions” to global warming. Climate negotiations have become a great...

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The social pre-summiton climate in Venezuela rejected the false solutions to climate change

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela called on movements and social organizations from around the globe to gather in the Margarita Island,...

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“There will be no going back from the climate chaos if we don’t halt polluting corporations and change the system”

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

The climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany (4-15 June) evidenced once again that climate change negotiations are being dominated by...

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Warsaw COP19: So much distraction, so little real action

Posted on Dec 13, 2013

By FERN. Although no progress was made toward a new global climate treaty at the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the UN Framework...

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The COP19 Guide to Corporate Lobbying

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

The COP19 Guide to Corporate Lobbying. Climate crooks and the Polish government’s partners in crime. Published by: Corporate Europe...

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Flawed Logic: Why forests cannot offset fossil fuel emissions

Posted on Nov 19, 2013

To coincide with the COP19 UN climate negotiations in Warsaw, Greenpeace has released a short briefing explaining why forests cannot offset...

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75 african groups demand obama stop pushing dirty energy through “‘power africa”’ initiative

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

Friends of the Earth Africa. Commemoration of saro-wiwa murder reinforces demand to wean off dirty energy. NOVEMBER 10, 2013 – As the...

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Posición de la Mesa de Cambio Climático de El Salvador ante la fase actual del proceso multilateral de negociaciones sobre cambio climático

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

Only available in Spanish. Este documento plantea los elementos fundamentales de la posición adoptada por la Mesa de Cambio Climático-El...

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Carta de Belem Group Statement in the context of COP 19 on Climate Change

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese in the same file:   Carta de Belem Group Statement in the context of COP 19 on Climate...

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REDD+ and the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and forest Degradation

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

The Global Forest Coalition launched a new report on ‘REDD+ and the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and forest Degradation’...

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Climate Summit: Don’t turn farmers into ‘climate smart’ carbon traders! PRESS RELEASE

Posted on Nov 12, 2013

Media release of La Vía Campesina | GRAIN | ETC Group. 7 November 2013. Farmers produce food, not carbon. Yet, if some of the governments...

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Special section on COP 19 of the Climate Change Convention

Posted on Nov 7, 2013

The 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting...

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In confronting the climate crisis, what rights should hold precedence?

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

At the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Doha, Qatar,...

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Climate Change Convention

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC ) is an international environmental treaty, launched at the Earth Summit...

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EJOLT releases report on CDM in Africa

Posted on May 30, 2012

EJOLT (Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade) is an ambitious collaborative project that brings together 23...

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From Durban: Call for a Moratorium on REDD+

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

Real action to face climate change has once again been blocked by the world’s polluters. The 17th Conference of the Parties of the...

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At the end of the International Year of Forests, is there anything to celebrate?

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

The United Nations (UN) declared this year, 2011, the International Year of Forests. Now that 2011 is coming to an end, it would be...

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False solutions to climate change enabling land grabbing in Africa

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

Next week an international farmers’ conference will take place in Mali to stop land grabbing. Organized by La Via Campesina, it is...

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COP 17 in Durban: From pessimism to optimistic signs

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

What can we expect from the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban? Could it be that at...

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UN climate talks: more carbon trade, no emission reduction

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

The UN climate talks concluded their second session of 2011 in Bonn in June without addressing the key issue of reducing climate pollution...

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Biodiversity is much more than carbon

Posted on May 5, 2011

As well as celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity this month, on May 22, we are also on the eve of another...

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“Forest in exhaustion”: a new trick to subsidize monoculture tree plantations

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

“Forest in exhaustion” stems from a controversial proposal by Brazil under the UNFCCC negotiations in Poznan. The interest of Brazil to...

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Women and Climate Change

Posted on Dec 29, 2010

Produced by Gender CC, Women for Climate Justice , with the support of the WRM International Secretariat Directed by Flavio Pazos Voice:...

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Position on Women and REDD – Women and organizations at COP 16 of the CCC

Posted on Dec 9, 2010

Cancun, December 9, 2010 If you would like to sign the position as an individual or on behalf of an organization or network, please send an...

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Open letter to the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Climate Change

Posted on Nov 30, 2010

In view of the upcoming meeting in Cancún of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,...

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Tree plantations challenged at Climate Change Convention meeting

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

A new negotiation round on climate change under the UN Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) ended in Bonn on August 6. The protracted UNFCCC...

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Brazil: Once again opposing Plantar’s CDM project

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

Plantar S.A. Reflorestamentos, a pig-iron and plantation company operating in Brazil, in the state of Minas Gerais, has been trying hard to...

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Indonesia: Government proposes 21 million hectares of plantations to meet climate targets

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

There are two realities in the forestry sector in Indonesia. In one, the forests continue to be destroyed, peatswamps are drained, forests...

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Climate change: A gross violation of human rights

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

What is elegantly termed as “climate change” is in reality one of the most gross violations of human rights ever committed in history....

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Food Sovereignty: A positive approach to climate change

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

Food Sovereignty: A positive approach to climate change While the planet is already suffering the effects of climate change, civil society...

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Human rights violated by climate change … and by the UN Climate Change Convention in Copenhagen!

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

The UN Climate Change Convention in Copenhagen presents itself to the world as if it were truly tackling the major global crisis of climate...

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“REDD Not Fixable Nor Reformable – Don’t Greenwash REDD” – UNFCCC, COP15: Indigenous Delegates at Climate Conference

Posted on Dec 10, 2009

By Rebecca Sommer At the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Indigenous participants are increasingly concerned about REDD. REDD...

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The changes necessary to change the climate change negotiations

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

When a house is burning down, the important thing is to put out the fire. Although the neighbours might be able to help, the fire brigade...

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Greenwashing the green desert in Copenhagen

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

It seems increasingly likely that no binding deal will come out of Copenhagen and that the North will attempt to scrap the Kyoto Protocol....

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Let the show start!

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

According to Wikipedia, “a circus is commonly a travelling company of performers that may include acrobats, clowns, animals, trapeze...

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Planting trees in the deserts

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

A team of biologists and climate modellers at NASA have come up with a very “practical” alternative to phasing out fossil fuels. Their...

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A host of acrobatics: Cloud ships, space mirrors, iron powdered seas and the like

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

Now come the acrobats. The Copenhagen Consensus Centre think-tank is working hard to weigh really true solutions to altering the alterated...

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Carbon trading: flying on the trapeze without a net

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

There is nothing like creating a problem for finding a good business opportunity . Or at least this is so for seasoned business men and...

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Carbon neutral: it’s magic!

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

There is no doubt that public opinion has become aware of the climate change issue. However, for most people this is but a headline in the...

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Relevant statements for addressing the climate crisis

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

Even when everything would seem to indicate that the future of the planet’s climate is in the hands of a group of clowns, the possibility...

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Climate change policy – does gender make a difference?

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

International negotiations about global climate protection have been slow, delivering meagre results. The debate began over 20 years ago,...

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Forests again high on the agenda – really forests?

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

Forests again high on the agenda – really forests? As a result of the growing concern about climate change, forests appear to be once...

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Myth No. 10: Timber plantations help to address climate change through the production of ethanol.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

For those readers of the WRM bulletin who do not know this by now, the Southern US is the largest paper producing region in the world. Over...

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Myth No. 11: Tree plantations help to address climate change by neutralizing carbon emitted from fossil fuels

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

At a very fundamental level, dealing with climate change involves making a dramatic and immediate reduction in the amount of fossil fuels...

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Myth No. 12: Tree plantations as carbon sinks help to address climate change by offsetting carbon emitted from fossil fuels

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

From a climate perspective, tree plantations not only are not a solution. They also add yet more problems. It is impossible to predict how...

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Myth No. 14: Including plantations in the climate-related mechanism REDD (Reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) will help address climate change

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

This lie has its roots in the failure of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to differentiate between forests and...

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Myth No. 15: Planting trees to produce biochar can help to mitigate climate change

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

A coalition of start up companies, consultants and some soil scientists is promoting a new ‘solution’ for climate change: Large...

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Plantations as sinks: the carbon fraud at its worst

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

While for the majority of humanity climate change spells disaster, a few corporate-minded people perceive it as a good business...

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Brazil: Plantar’s ‘new’ eucalyptus projects advance towards CDM validation

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

In mid-July the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board accepted a new methodology proposed as part of the controversial Plantar...

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G8 and the climate crisis: Will deeds match words?

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

The governments of some of the world’s most powerful countries (1) recently met in Italy and produced a document titled “Responsible...

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The gaping chasm between climate science and climate negotiations

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

The distance between climate science and climate negotiations was dramatically illustrated at the UN climate meeting in Bonn earlier this...

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Declaration of Heredia on Climate, Forests and Plantations

Posted on Mar 28, 2009

Heredia, 28 March 2009 We, organisations of civil society from every continent, have met in Costa Rica between 24 and 28 March to share...

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Doublespeak: The language of climate negotiations

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

One of the consequences of climate change is the increase and aggravation of natural phenomena such as droughts, floods and storms. To make...

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Bath tubs, forests, carbon trading and climate change

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

In 2008, the value of the carbon market increased by 84 per cent, with total transactions increasing from US$64 billion in 2007 to US$118...

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Charcoal disguised as “biochar” sold as another profitable climate tech-fix

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

According to a growing, vocal and very well-connected group of scientists, entrepreneurs and lobbyists, the best if not the only way of...

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Groups unite to challenge the definition of forests under UNFCCC/REDD

Posted on Dec 11, 2008

For Immediate Release 11 December 2008 Poznan, Poland (UN Climate Conference)–Global Forest Coalition, The Wilderness Society, World...

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GenderCC Contribution to the UNFCCC on REDD

Posted on Dec 6, 2008

Poznan, December 6. GenderCC, a worldwide network whose main objective is to integrate gender justice in climate change policy at local,...

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From REDD to HEDD

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

WRM contribution to the Convention on Climate Change  Forests, everyone knows, are good for the climate – which makes it all the more...

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Convention on Climate Change. Privatising the Atmosphere?

Posted on Nov 17, 2002

The solution to climate change –which is already happening and being suffered by millions of people around the world– is in...

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Resulting documents, processes and follow-up mechanism of RIO 92

Posted on Dec 27, 2000

Official documents adopted by more than 178 Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) – the...

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The carbon shop: planting new problems

Posted on Dec 9, 2000

By Larry Lohmann Even the smallest changes in the earth’s climate have always made a big difference to human societies. When a...

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Mount Tamalpais Declaration

Posted on May 11, 2000

San Francisco, May 2000 We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, wish to express extreme concern about the role envisaged for...

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WRM statement to the Fourth Conference of the Parties of the Climate Change Convention

Posted on Nov 11, 1998

Buenos Aires, November 1998 Declaration The WRM is deeply concerned about the direction in which the climate change negotiations seem to be...

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