Guest Post: TAMS – Failed experiments with carbon in Madagascar

In 2016, Sara Peña Valderrama completed her PhD in social anthropology, where she studied a forest carbon project run by Conservation International in Madagascar. Her thesis is available on Durham University’s website: Entangling Molecules: an ethnography of a carbon offset project in Madagascar’s eastern rainforest. She submitted this Guest Post about what happened when the project changed to a carbon project. She is currently a Honorary Research Associate at Durham University.

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NGOs dissatisfied with Swedish Energy Agency response, once again call on the Agency to cancel carbon credit purchase from Green Resources’ monoculture plantations in Uganda

Green ResourcesGreen Resources is a Norwegian company that claims to be “Africa’s largest forestation company.” The company has established a total of 45,000 hectares of industrial plantations in Africa. It also generates carbon credits from its plantations.

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Jens Frølich Holte, political adviser to Norway’s Minister for Climate and Environment, explains why he supports using markets and pricing carbon

In March 2015, Bloomberg quoted Jens Frølich Holte, political adviser to Norway’s Minister for Climate and Environment, as saying that, “Carbon trading can speed up the global transition away from a fossil economy. Trade creates benefits and this is as true for carbon as it is for other commodities.”

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Clean development mechanism: zombie projects, zero emissions reductions and almost worthless carbon credits

Last week, the clean development mechanism registered its 7,000th project. At a first glance, the statistics look impressive. Over a 10 year period, the CDM has issued 1.3 billion carbon credits, added 110,000 Mega Watts of renewable energy and seen US$215 billion invested in low carbon projects in the Global South.

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