This publication takes a broad look at several dimensions of carbon trading. It analyses the problems arising from the emerging global carbon market pertaining to the environment, social justice and human rights, and investigates climate mitigation alternatives. It provides a short history of carbon trading and discusses a number of lessons learned. Nine case studies from different parts of the world provide examples of the outcomes -- on the ground -- of various carbon offset schemes.
October 21, 2003. High level corporate lawyers from ChevronTexaco sit in the same packed muggy courtroom as bare breasted Amazonian men and women at the start of what the media calls The Trial of the Century. In the ramshackle Amazonian town of Lago Agr