26 Mar

I set up this website as a place to collect things I’ve written, but the most recent post is from the end of 2011. I haven’t stopped writing – since October 2008 I’ve been spending more time looking at REDD (reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation). You can read more about my work on REDD on


CDM does not reduce emissions. Leaving fossil fuels in the ground does

18 Dec

CDM does not reduce emissions. Leaving fossil fuels in the ground does

CDM proponents reluctantly admit the truth about carbon offsets: they don’t reduce emissions.

Published in WRM Bulletin No. 172, November 2011

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David Nilsson: Carbon Cowboy

22 Nov

This year, I have written three posts on REDD-Monitor about an Australian “businessman” called David Nilsson and his activities in Peru. I suggested that he should receive the award of Australian carbon cowboy of the year, after his interactions with the Matsés Indigenous Peoples.

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REDD-Monitor’s May 2011 round-up: Watching REDD unravel

28 May

A round-up of everything you need to know in the world of REDD this month. Well, almost everything.

By Chris Lang, WRM Bulletin 166, May 2011

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The world is watching as the Indonesia-Norway REDD deal stalls

3 Mar

Where is Indonesia’s forest moratorium?

By Chris Lang, WRM Bulletin 163, February 2011

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Forest destroyer Oji Paper to carry out REDD feasibility study in Laos

29 Nov

Oji Paper has cleared large areas of forest in Laos to make way for its industrial tree plantations. Now the company hopes to get REDD funding for its monocultures.

By Chris Lang, WRM Bulletin 160, November 2010

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Monocultures on the March in Southeast Asia

19 Sep

Monocultures continue to expand in Southeast Asia – as does the resistance to them.

By Chris Lang, WRM Bulletin 158, September 2010

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How FAO helps greenwash the timber industry’s greenhouse gas emissions

24 Aug

The FAO uses tax payers’ money to promote the timber and pulp and paper industries.

By Chris Lang. Published in WRM Bulletin 157, August 2010

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What is carbon trading for?

24 Jun

Carbon traders do not pretend that carbon trading will reduce emissions. But if carbon trading is not supposed to reduce emissions, what is it for?

By Chris Lang. Published in WRM Bulletin 155, June 2010.

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European Ecolabel’s greenwashing of Asia Pulp and Paper must stop

22 Apr

APP is one of the most controversial pulp and paper companies on the planet. So why have two of its paper products been awarded the EU Ecolabel?

By Chris Lang. Published in WRM Bulletin 153, April 2010.

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Indonesia: Government proposes 21 million hectares of plantations to meet climate targets

26 Jan

Indonesia’s plans for massive plantation expansion make little sense in terms of addressing either deforestation or climate change.

By Chris Lang. Published in WRM Bulletin 150, January 2010.

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Indonesia: Plantations, human rights and REDD

22 Dec

Will the plantation companies responsible for destroying villagers’ livelihoods benefit from REDD?

By Chris Lang. Published in WRM Bulletin 149, December 2009.

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REDD text an insult to Indigenous Peoples

18 Dec

Whilst the latest Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) text doesn’t have the words “Made in the USA” anywhere on it, it should have.

By Chris Lang, Published in Climate Chronicle No. 5, Transnational Institute’s COP-15 newspaper, 17 December 2009.

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REDD, REDD+, REDD++, REDD and bacon, sausage and spam …

14 Dec

Getting tired of the ever expanding REDD plans? Me too.

By Chris Lang, Published in Climate Chronicle No. 3, Transnational Institute’s COP-15 newspaper, 11 December 2009

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Greenwashing the green desert in Copenhagen

30 Nov

The UN definition of forests must exclude industrial tree plantations.

By Chris Lang. Published in WRM Bulletin 148, November 2009.

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Destroying with one hand, taking with the other: Biomass, REDD and forests

25 Aug

Why does the UN’s latest scheme to save the forests not address the drivers of deforestation?

By Chris Lang. Published in WRM Bulletin 145, August 2009.

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Laos: Chinese company Sun Paper plans eucalyptus monocultures

21 Jul

More eucalyptus monocultures are planned for Laos.
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The gaping chasm between climate science and climate negotiations

28 Jun

Climate scientists and climate negotiators might as well live on different planets.
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Cambodia’s Prey Long forest is “equivalent to life itself” for local communities

18 Jun

The largest area of intact lowland evergreen forests in southeast Asia is under threat.
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Wilful ignorance: FAO and industrial tree plantations

28 Apr

FAO continues to push the lie of “planted forests”.
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Bath tubs, forests, carbon trading and climate change

21 Feb

Why trading the carbon stored in forests will not help address runaway climate change.
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Plantations, poverty and power

6 Feb

Europe’s role in the expansion of the pulp industry in the South

A report by Chris Lang, published by World Rainforest Movement, December 2008
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Plantations, poverty and power: Introduction

6 Feb

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Plantations, poverty and power: Section 1

6 Feb

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Plantations, poverty and power: Section 2

6 Feb

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