Forest communities in Mexico , Brazil raise alarm about California’s carbon offset …

May 12th, 20133:44 am @


This week California wrapped up a public comment period for a controversial carbon offsets program. The plan, which is still being considered by the state’s Air Resources Board, would pave a way for industries to offset their carbon pollution by contracting with international sites in Mexico and Brazil. California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, or AB 32, requires that the state reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The carbon offset plan is one part of that broader law. But some residents from local communities in Chiapas, Mexico and Acre, Brazil sent letters to California policymakers last week opposing the plan and raising concerns about the protection of biodiversity, forests, and indigenous and farmers rights. For more, we’re joined by Jeff Conant, international forests campaigner with Friends of the Earth U.S

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