A glimpse at Brazil reveals the big REDD problems that California’s Tropical Forest Standard fails to address

With the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report this week that explores the impacts of 1.5°C global warming, the heat is on to continue doing everything we can to address the climate crisis. But not all climate solutions are created equal. Read More

Is California Selling Climate Illusions?

The Governor has spent the last months promoting the expansion of complicated market-based carbon trading mechanisms, known as “Cap-and-Trade,” as a cornerstone of state and global climate policy Read More

California plays fast and loose with climate science and environmental justice

Californians and global citizens are coming to soberly understand that California’s climate leadership may not be designed to protect people and the planet, but rather to protect polluters and their profits. Read More

Mexico’s human rights record raises questions for California REDD policy

Friends of the Earth Mexico and Friends of the Earth U.S. sent a letter to California officials yesterday, urging them to forego any joint agreement with Mexico on climate change, carbon trading and REDD until the Mexican government proves itself capable of guaranteeing the security of the population. Read More

False Solutions for Forests: Biomass Energy, Sustainable Timber, and Carbon Markets

Even as policies guiding timber exports fail to curtail deforestation, the world’s energy economy is demanding increased burning of biomass -- meaning forests. Read More

California REDD: A False Solution

Among environmental advocates, and especially forest defenders, REDD can be a complicated and divisive issue; among those a little beyond the inner circles of environmental advocacy, it’s downright baffling. Read More

Bloody REDD: The fight against forest carbon offsets in California

This week, Friends of Earth, along with 30 other organizations based in California, urged Governor Brown to prevent international REDD carbon credits from entering California’s carbon trading system. Read More