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As climate change wrecks homes, human traffickers profit

29 January 2024

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.

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Trojan Horsepower

7 December 2023

Trojan Horsepower

Formula 1 and the Saudi oil lobby: a tie-up between petrolheads and petrodollars is more than just an exercise in ‘soft power’

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‘Get Out of Jail Free’

13 November 2023

‘Get Out of Jail Free’

How plastics offsetting is giving industry a licence to pollute

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‘Blueprint for disaster’

9 October 2023

‘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

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Revolt of the South Pole penguins

13 July 2023

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

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‘This is plunder’: Illegal quarries threaten one of Africa’s fastest vanishing forests

31 May 2023

‘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

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Eni chased ‘profits at any cost’ to fuel Pakistan energy crisis

28 April 2023

Eni chased ‘profits at any cost’ to fuel Pakistan energy crisis

Eni cited supply issues to divert gas shipments from Pakistan—and made half a billion dollars selling the fuel elsewhere, leaving the crisis-hit country burning coal instead.

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

20 January 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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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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Total’s Congo offsetting project ‘snatched our land’

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

16 November 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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