The Carbon Con

18 January 2023

The Carbon Con

The world’s biggest companies, from Netflix to Ben & Jerry’s, are pouring billions into an offsetting industry whose climate claims appear increasingly at odds with reality

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Zahawi played active role in offshore-linked lender

27.01.2023

Zahawi played active role in offshore-linked lender

UK Conservative chairman did not disclose involvement with company led by Matt Hancock’s brother 

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‘They came at night’: Armed men at Disney forest project razed farmers’ homes 

20.01.2023

‘They came at night’: Armed men at Disney forest project razed farmers’ homes 

Coffee growers say Peru authorities demolished houses on a conservation site generating millions of dollars in carbon credits for US entertainment giant

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UK minister’s tax claims under scrutiny for offshore loan  

19.01.2023

UK minister’s tax claims under scrutiny for offshore loan  

Gibraltar lending to party chairman Nadhim Zahawi uncovered by SourceMaterial ‘doesn’t make economic sense’

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Total’s Congo offsetting project ‘snatched our land’

12.12.2022

Total’s Congo offsetting project ‘snatched our land’

Farmers say oil giant’s tree-planting scheme has barred them from their fields and threatens livelihoods.

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Conservative mega-donor was ‘screen’ for Kremlin oil trades

27.11.2022

Conservative mega-donor was ‘screen’ for Kremlin oil trades

Billionaire’s companies helped Rosneft trade with sanction-hit Venezuela and have continued to handle Russian oil since the outbreak of war in Ukraine

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BP’s latest dirty secret? An oil terminal polluting the Red Sea for decades

16.11.2022

BP’s latest dirty secret? An oil terminal polluting the Red Sea for decades

Just across the water from the COP27 summit, a plant recently owned by BP is pumping contaminated water into the ocean—and has been doing so for decades

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The Man Behind the Curtain

30.06.2022

The Man Behind the Curtain

Rainer Sonntag rode a wave of violence to become one of Germany’s leading neo-Nazis. He was also a communist spy—and worked for Vladimir Putin

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‘Battle of science’ rages over Peru glacier

03.06.2022

‘Battle of science’ rages over Peru glacier

A landmark court case raises questions about a German energy giant’s funding for disputed climate research

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