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Carbon offsets, what a boondoggle!

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{Nature_and_Environment.94.1}: ... {wren1111} Tue, 10 Jul 2007 05:30:22 EDT (HTML)

case in point, more to follow I'm sure:

A gift from Scotland to Brazil: drought and despair "http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=52&id=1060072007"

SEU Dodo walks through the lush Brazilian woodland he knows well, picking out medicinal plants: lobera for diabetes, one known as "the king of medicines" for the menopause, another he claims can cure flu in a day. But the search for the plants is getting harder and harder. "A lot of our medicinal plants died this year because of the lack of water," he says ruefully.

According to Seu Dodo and others living near the village of Sao Jose do Buriti, springs that once watered the natural forest are being sucked dry by vast tracts of fast-growing eucalyptus trees used in the production of iron at a local company.

Six thousand miles away, the flames leap from one of the chimneys at the Grangemouth oil refinery on the banks of the Firth of Forth. The orange haze from the massive plant lights up the night sky as thousands of barrels of oil are refined into petrol, diesel and other products for the motor industry. The flares from the chimneys belch carbon dioxide into the sky.

Brazil-Scotland; refinery-rainforest. At first glance, the two places seem totally unconnected. But Grangemouth and Sao Jose do Buriti are tied by a single thread: carbon trading

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{Nature_and_Environment.94.2}: ... {wren1111} Sun, 31 May 2009 16:58:11 EDT (HTML)

The great carbon credit con: Why are we paying the Third World to poison its environment?

In the fields around this giant chemicals factory in Gujarat, the barren soil smells of paint stripper and the water from the well makes you gag. So why has it been given tens of millions of pounds of taxpayer-funded UN ‘green reward points’, which are traded hungrily on the financial markets at huge profit?

"http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1188937/The-great- carbon-credit-eco-companies-causing-pollution.html"

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