Shell plant reported millions of ‘phantom’ carbon credits

A Shell-operated plant reported millions of carbon credits tied to CO₂ removal that never took place but were used by Canada’s largest oil sands companies, raising new doubts about…Continue readingShell plant reported millions of ‘phantom’ carbon credits

Trees struggle to ‘breathe’ as climate warms

Through the process of photosynthesis, trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere to produce new growth. Yet, under stressful conditions, trees release CO2 back to the atmosphere, a process called…Continue readingTrees struggle to ‘breathe’ as climate warms

Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels to hit record high

The world is on track to have burned more coal, oil and gas in 2023 than it did in 2022, according to a report by the Global Carbon Project,…Continue readingGlobal carbon emissions from fossil fuels to hit record high

Is planting trees to combat climate change ‘complete nonsense’?

Bill Gates is emphatic: “I don’t plant trees,” he declared recently, wading into a debate about whether mass tree planting is really much use in fighting climate change. The…Continue readingIs planting trees to combat climate change ‘complete nonsense’?

Revealed: more than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets by biggest provider are worthless, analysis shows

Investigation into Verra carbon standard finds most are ‘phantom credits’ and may worsen global heating.Continue readingRevealed: more than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets by biggest provider are worthless, analysis shows

Forests recovering from logging act as a source of carbon

Researchers found that unlogged forested areas are generally carbon neutral, but that moderately and heavily logged tropical forest areas are a carbon source. They estimate an average carbon source…Continue readingForests recovering from logging act as a source of carbon

Third of emissions cuts must come from behaviour changes, say Lords

A report published on Wednesday by the upper house’s environment and climate change committee urged ministers to lead a public campaign and use regulations and taxation to guide public…Continue readingThird of emissions cuts must come from behaviour changes, say Lords

Phantom Forests: Why Ambitious Tree Planting Projects Are Failing

Everybody likes trees. There is no anti-tree lobby. A global push to go beyond conservation of existing forests and start creating new ones goes back to 2011, when many…Continue readingPhantom Forests: Why Ambitious Tree Planting Projects Are Failing

Wildfires destroy almost all forest carbon offsets in 100-year reserve

Wildfires have depleted almost all of the carbon credits set aside in reserve by forestry projects in the US to protect against the risk of trees being damaged over…Continue readingWildfires destroy almost all forest carbon offsets in 100-year reserve

Carbon dioxide removal technologies take a giant step forward

In addition to drastically cutting global fossil fuel emissions, society needs to develop and use technologies to remove the CO2 already in the atmosphere. Geologist Peter B. Kelemen is…Continue readingCarbon dioxide removal technologies take a giant step forward

Climate: Removing CO₂ from the air no longer optional

“We need drastic, radical emissions reductions, and on top of that we need some CDR,” said Glen Peters, research director at the Centre for International Climate Research. There are…Continue readingClimate: Removing CO₂ from the air no longer optional

The scientists fighting to save the ocean’s most important carbon capture system

Kelp are essentially the ocean’s equivalent of trees, capturing up to 20 times more carbon per acre than land forests. They also provide a vital habitat for a broad range of…Continue readingThe scientists fighting to save the ocean’s most important carbon capture system

Reducing carbon emissions not enough, expert warns

Chair of CCAG, Sir David King said: “I believe we have five years left to get on top of this global problem. We began talking seriously about climate change in 1992,…Continue readingReducing carbon emissions not enough, expert warns