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Calculating the value of carbon in trees

The fate of the world's tropical forests is a contentious issue as the U.S. debates a cap on greenhouse gas emissions. American companies want the ability to meet limits by purchasing forests and agreeing not to cut them down. In a two-part series on the public radio show Marketplace, CIR explores what a forest offset

Environment

Dirty Business: ‘Clean Coal’ and the Battle for Our Energy Future

In the digital age, half our electricity still comes from coal. Dirty Business is a 90-minute documentary produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) revealing the true social and environmental costs of coal power and telling the stories of innovators who are pointing the way to an alternative energy future. Guided by Rolling Stone

Environment

Business group loses ‘green’ members in global-warming fight

An organization representing some of California’s biggest carbon polluters is working to alter the state’s global-warming law, while claiming to represent several “green” environmental companies that have since left the coalition after learning of its recent actions. >> Read the full story on California Watch.

Environment

California’s Top Greenhouse Gas Polluters

The top 100 carbon dioxide-producing facilities in California generated 101,890,944 metric tons of CO2 in 2007, according to data recently released by the California Air Resources Board. We¹ve mapped that data to show where the 100 largest polluters are located. Power plants and oil refineries appear to be the largest culprits. DISCLAIMER FROM AIR RESOURCES BOARD: This

Jan 16, 2010
Environment

Corporate farmer calls upon political allies to influence delta dispute

Wealthy corporate farmer Stewart Resnick has written check after check to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s political campaigns. He’s hosted a party in her honor at his Beverly Hills mansion, and he’s entertained her at his second home in Aspen. And in September, when Resnick asked Feinstein to weigh in on the side of agribusiness in

Dec 6, 2009
Environment

Brazil: The Money Tree

In the new economy created by global warming, forests are turning into a valuable commodity. Promising not to cut them down is one of the most popular ways companies would like to offset their emissions. Correspondent Mark Schapiro follows the trail of one of those offset projects deep into Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. This multimedia feature

Nov 3, 2009
Environment

GM’s Money Trees

On Brazil's Atlantic coast, people with some of the world's lowest carbon footprints are being displaced—so their forests can become offsets for US corporations. CIR's Mark Schapiro reports for Mother Jones. The media NGO Project Word provided support for this article. >> Read the full article on MotherJones.com.

Nov 3, 2009
Environment

Plan B: Adapting to a Warmer World

Most of the current reporting on climate change is neglecting to ask a critical question: What should we do to prepare ourselves to live in a warmed world? “Plan B: Adapting to Warmer World,” a six-part radio series by Marketplace in association with CIR, begins to answer this question. If the investments, lifestyle changes and

Jan 28, 2008
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