14.12.2020

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Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment: Right topics, wrong emphasis: the Carney Taskforce on carbon offsetting misses the mark

"The Taskforce succeeds in identifying some of the challenges (e.g. opaque markets make quality determinations difficult) and proposing some solutions (e.g. better enabling project finance) but is almost entirely silent on the $100 billion question: can we build a voluntary market with offsets that really deliver for the climate?"

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10.12.2020

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Bloomberg Green: These Trees Are Not What They Seem

"How the Nature Conservancy, the world’s biggest environmental group, became a dealer of meaningless carbon offsets."

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02.12.2020

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GreenBiz: In the quest for carbon offsets, (almost) anything goes

"Many have steeped themselves in a complex, confusing world where they seem to spend most of their time explaining offsets rather than actually avoiding or drawing down greenhouse gas emissions, which is what offsets are intended to do."

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23.11.2020

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Project: ConserWater

"Using our AIs, we are launching the world's first international soil carbon market where corporations, governments and individuals can pay to offset their carbon dioxide emissions, and farmers can get paid to increase their soil carbon levels."

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13.11.2020

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Carbon180: In search of carbon removal offsets

"What our (extremely arduous) journey to find carbon removal offsets tells us about the state of voluntary carbon markets today, and some ideas about how we can fix them."

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03.11.2020

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MIT Technology Review: How Amazon’s offsets could exaggerate its progress toward “net zero” emissions

"Researchers fear such programs often overstate carbon reductions and allow companies to sidestep the tougher parts of cleaning up their operations."

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29.10.2020

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Outside: Here's What a Carbon Offset Actually Looks Like

"Carbon offsets are confusing, and many people wonder how—or if—they even work. Hoping to find a more guilt-free way to travel, frequent flier Tim Neville heads to the ranchlands of Montana to see what an offset looks like on the ground. Hint: it involves cows."

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12.10.2020

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Podcast: Reviewer 2 does geoengineering: Steve Smith dives into the new Oxford Carbon Offsetting Principles

"Steve Smith and reviewer2 debate the merits of carbon offsetting and discuss the new Oxford Offsetting Principles."

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02.10.2020

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carbonplan: Carbon offsets burning

"In the middle of a record fire season on the US West Coast, the Lionshead Fire in Oregon burned through one of the largest forest carbon offset projects participating in California’s carbon market. Beyond the tragic effects on local communities and hazardous regional air quality, the expected carbon losses from this fire illustrate how California’s approach of using forests to mitigate climate change may need re-evaluation."

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29.09.2020

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Business Green: Oxford Offsetting Principles: Academics launch new guidelines for carbon offsetting

"New standard aims to help protect companies from accusations of greenwash by ensuring they prioritise the highest-quality, most effective carbon offsets available."

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