Don’t plant trees to address climate change. Instead, leave fossil fuels in the ground

Last week, the New York Times published an article that argues that, “The science says that spending precious dollars for climate change mitigation on forestry is high-risk”. It is written by Nadine Unger, an assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University.

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The Margarita Declaration on Climate Change: “We reject the implementation of false solutions to climate change, such as: carbon markets and other forms of privatization and commodification of life”

In July 2014, about 130 social and environmental groups spent four days in a meeting on Margarita Island in Venezuela discussing climate change. At the end of the meeting, they produced the “Margarita Declaration on Climate Change”.

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Ecuador plans to drill for oil in the Yasuní National Park

Ecuador has abandoned its plans to leave the oil where it belongs under the Yasuní National Park. Ecuador was asking for US$3.6 billion, or half the market value of the 850 million barrels of oil in the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) oil field below Yasuní. Last week, Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa cancelled the plan and announced that “The world has failed us.”

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