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‘Perverse’ Carbon Payments Send Big Bucks to China

To offset their own carbon emissions, European companies have been wildly overpaying China to incinerate a powerful greenhouse gas known as hfc 23. And in a bizarre twist, those payments have spurred the manufacture of a harmful refrigerant that is being smuggled into the U.S. and used illegally. READ FULL STORY | YALE ENVIRONMENT 360


Four states prepare legal assault on California’s climate law

The attorneys general of at least four states are preparing to sue California if the state’s landmark law limiting greenhouse gas emissions survives a challenge at the ballot box this November. READ FULL ARTICLE >> Watch the full episode of Carbon Watch online. >> See web exclusive features on Carbon Watch.


Cameroon: Pipeline to Prosperity?

Documentary filmmaker Christiane Badgley investigates the effects of the oil pipeline constructed by Exxon/Mobil and other oil companies, with assistance from the World Bank, through the West African nations of Chad and Cameroon. This project was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, with additional support from the Center for Investigative Reporting's


The Carbon Hunters

CIR and FRONTLINE/World track the emerging market in forest carbon offsets. In this FRONTLINE/World segment (broadcast May 11) CIR senior correspondent Mark Schapiro and producer Andres Cediel travel deep into the Atlantic Forest and the Amazon, where they discover what life is like on the other end of an offset deal. >> Watch the full

May 11, 2010

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

Feb 25, 2010

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

Feb 1, 2010

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.

Jan 16, 2010

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

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
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