BIODIVERSITY OFFSETTING: LICENSE TO DESTROY

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BIODIVERSITY OFFSETTING: LICENSE TO DESTROY Would you like to extract copper and gold from the Gobi desert, gutting kilometres of Mongolian territory that is unique in the world? Well, you can! Just put collars on black-tailed gazelles and Khulan donkeys that live only in that area and claim compensation by reducing illegal hunting and habitat […]

Blessed are the last for they shall be first!

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Blessed are the last for they shall be first! How the “last resort” option of biodiversity offsetting has become a key tool for Rio Tinto to legitimise its controversial Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in Southern Gobi Desert in Mongolia Whether it is global warming, loss of biodiversity, or other environmental crises, the limits of our […]

Mad carbon laundering

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At the end of October 2016 the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private arm of the World Bank Group, issued a first-of-its-kind bond that gives investors the option of getting repaid in either carbon credits or cash, raising $152 million with the aim of supporting private sector development and preventing deforestation in developing countries. To […]

What is there to hide in the Omo Valley?

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A travel story, forcibly “crippled”. Analysis and unorthodox explanation of the “Italian system”, based on the synergy between public and private, from the role that our cooperation plays in contexts such as Ethiopia. And a complaint of increased repression carried out by the Addis Ababa government against any form of dissent, but also the impact […]