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1 Guyana and the wider world:Climate aid: Global benefit or glorified scam Sunday, 01 August 2010 1295
2 Governance of Rainforest Resources: Trade-off or Rip-off Sunday, 25 July 2010 1298
3 Operationalising Climate Funding in a Hostile Financial and Economic Environment Sunday, 18 July 2010 1248
4 Why with all the growing fraud & criminality the historic polluters continue to push the carbon market? Sunday, 11 July 2010 979
5 REDD and poor rainforest countries: The unfolding of a global scam Sunday, 04 July 2010 1144
6 Buyers beware: Brigands and organized criminals threaten the global carbon market Sunday, 27 June 2010 1122
7 ‘Gaming’ the carbon market with toxic forest-carbon offset projects Sunday, 20 June 2010 1155
8 Forest carbon offsets: Low-hanging fruit in the garden of evil environmentalism Sunday, 13 June 2010 1348
9 The global carbon market: The new ‘poster-child’ of globalization Sunday, 06 June 2010 1902
10 The LCDS as El Dorado: Will the carbon market become the world’s largest market ever? Sunday, 30 May 2010 1162
11 Is the carbon market a truly great commodity market? Sunday, 23 May 2010 1350
12 Trading in forest-carbon: On the cusp of a remarkable expansion! Sunday, 16 May 2010 989
13 The nuts and bolts of carbon-trading exchanges Sunday, 09 May 2010 1071
14 Success or failure: Mixed assessment of carbon climate exchanges Sunday, 02 May 2010 1096
15 The ‘mysteries and mystifications’ of global carbon-trading Sunday, 25 April 2010 1513
16 Shifting gears: From baseline data confusion to forest carbon markets Sunday, 18 April 2010 964
17 LCDS transitional arrangements Sunday, 11 April 2010 1155
18 LCDS: Stepping-stone to a global forest-carbon market! Sunday, 04 April 2010 1096
19 Norway’s disingenuousness once more Sunday, 28 March 2010 1141
20 Compounding errors of measurement: An LCDS concern Sunday, 14 March 2010 1218
21 Good faith and genuine mistakes or manipulation and spin: What is the LCDS back story? Sunday, 14 March 2010 1145
22 Guyana’s LCDS: Lost in the forests Sunday, 07 March 2010 1671
23 Managing the world’s forests: Performance and outcome Sunday, 28 February 2010 1104
24 The LCDS and the state of the world’s forests Sunday, 21 February 2010 1060
25 The LCDS and the commercialisation of forest-carbon services Sunday, 14 February 2010 1199
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The political economy of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS)

Last week I concluded my rather extended discussion on the current global economic crisis and the lessons to be learnt from this. I trust readers would not infer from this that I believe the global crisis is over and we can safely return to business as usual. Far from it, while this is an appropriate point to introduce other topics to the discussion, I promise I will return to the global crisis if there are significant untoward developments in the coming weeks as we close out 2009 and enter into the New Year, 2010.

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Norway’s deception: Partnership or capture of Guyana’s rainforest

In this column last week I started what I hope will be a fairly full assessment of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). At the time of writing this column I have not been able to access the revised version of the Draft LCDS, which the government had promised to place in the National Assembly before the United Nations Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen Summit), which starts tomorrow. As I await the revised version of the LCDS, I shall confine my assessment to those topics which should not be significantly affected by likely revisions.

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Norway And Guyana’s rainforest: Why beggars do not choose

For this week’s column, let me begin by re-emphasizing a couple of observations I have made about global inter-governmental negotiations thus far, as I continue to evaluate the low-carbon development strategy and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), between the Government of Guyana and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway, as well as its related Joint Concept Note between the two parties to the agreement.
Diplomatic principle.

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Norway and Guyana’s rainforest: Santa Claus or Old Higue

I hope that by now readers would have realised that Norway can in no way be looked upon as Guyana’s Santa Claus. I have also tried so far in recent columns to make it categorically clear that my principal intention is not simply to bash Norway as a historic polluter of the earth’s atmosphere. My main purpose in presenting Norway’s horrendous environmental profile is to assert the obligation this places on Guyanese to ensure our pristine forests are developed in an integrated, transparent, accountable and sustainable framework for the benefit of all Guyana. In particular to ensure that our national patrimony does not end up being mortgaged to the promotion of Norway’s studied and calculated efforts to deceive the world into believing that it cares more than any other nation about saving Planet Earth. As the saying goes “beware when Old Higue around looking for life blood.”

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Rule or exception: Double standards and fighting global warming

‘Dirty secrets’
I hope that I have already indicated clearly Norway’s double standards in its climate change and global warming actions. More generally, its Santa Claus image has taken a serious beating in the approach to the just concluded Copenhagen Summit. In his Guardian Weekly column last September, Mark Curtis bemoaned the fact that in spite of Norway’s benign image abroad it had “become the home of four dirty little secrets.” One of these is of course the environmental sleight-of-hand I have been dealing with in these columns in previous weeks.

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