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24 February 2024
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Hundreds of unmonitored ‘emergency overflows’ are located in conservation areas and some are used routinely, documents reveal
As climate change wrecks homes, human traffickers profit
Sierra Leone’s poorest communities have long been prey to human traffickers. Climate change is making things worse.
Formula 1 and the Saudi oil lobby: a tie-up between petrolheads and petrodollars is more than just an exercise in ‘soft power’
Scramble for Africa
An Emirati sheikh and an Italian fugitive are hoovering up land for an ambitious carbon offsetting project that critics say will make the climate crisis worse
‘Get Out of Jail Free’
How plastics offsetting is giving industry a licence to pollute
‘Blueprint for disaster’
An ambitious plan to re-engineer the carbon market could play havoc with net zero goals and raises questions about human rights
‘This is plunder’: Illegal quarries threaten one of Africa’s fastest vanishing forests
Sierra Leone is on the climate change frontline. Its defences are on sale to the highest bidder
Revolt of the South Pole penguins
Carbon offsetting’s ‘unicorn’ wants to be an ultra-ethical social enterprise. Behind the scenes its deals with oil giants and authoritarian rulers are stirring dissent