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The slow growth of the carbon offsets market

Despite the integral role played by forests in efforts to combat global warming, the market for forest-based carbon offsets has been slow to develop. Katie Holliday talks to experts about how this landscape is now changing

Chinese CER market in pricing limbo post Cop15

The market for long-term Chinese generated certified emission reductions (CER) units is in a pricing limbo, after China, the world’s largest carbon emissions emitter and one of the largest developers of clean development mechanism (CDM) projects, failed…

JI: Life after 2012?

Joint Implementation (JI) emission reduction projects have so far been overshadowed by the Clean Development Mechanism. Katie Holliday investigates whether there is a future for JI projects post-2012

Carbon-trading log ready by November

The Kyoto Protocol’s international carbon-trading market is set for expansion, with the introduction of a worldwide transaction log by the end of the year. The International Transaction Log (ITL) will link the carbon registries for each Kyoto nation…

Weather derivatives help fulfil Millennium Promise

Reinsurer Swiss Re has structured a weather derivatives deal to help lessen the effects of drought on African farmers for the Millennium Promise Alliance (MPA), a charity that aims to end extreme poverty worldwide by 2025.

Risk managers: rainbow warriors?

Corporate social responsibility is an oft-bandied term among big business, but frustratingly hard to define. Peter Madigan looks at the risk issues for banks and what risk and compliance executives need to know