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The Price of Gas

What's the price of gasoline? In the U.S. it's about $4 a gallon. But some experts say the true price of gas is much higher. What about the costs of pollution, and the global and local problems caused by it? Who pays for those? This animated feature from the Center for Investigative Reporting calculates the


Lawsuit by low-income groups may delay climate law

The latest legal challenge to California's landmark climate-change legislation isn't coming from big polluters faced with a series of new regulations. Instead, groups representing low-income residents are challenging the environmental law as unfairly burdening their beleaguered communities. A handful of community groups, represented by the San Francisco-based Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment have


Timber companies stand to benefit from new climate law

California timber firms could emerge as big winners in the state’s fight against global warming, earning millions of dollars through the sale of carbon credits if a new set of rules are approved by the Air Resources Board this week. READ FULL STORY | REACT | FAQ | CALIFORNIA WATCH | CARBON WATCH

Dec 15, 2010

‘Perverse’ Carbon Payments Send Big Bucks to China

To offset their own carbon emissions, European companies have been wildly overpaying China to incinerate a powerful greenhouse gas known as hfc 23. And in a bizarre twist, those payments have spurred the manufacture of a harmful refrigerant that is being smuggled into the U.S. and used illegally. READ FULL STORY | YALE ENVIRONMENT 360

Dec 13, 2010

Four states prepare legal assault on California’s climate law

The attorneys general of at least four states are preparing to sue California if the state’s landmark law limiting greenhouse gas emissions survives a challenge at the ballot box this November. READ FULL ARTICLE >> Watch the full episode of Carbon Watch online. >> See web exclusive features on Carbon Watch.

Sep 9, 2010

Cameroon: Pipeline to Prosperity?

Documentary filmmaker Christiane Badgley investigates the effects of the oil pipeline constructed by Exxon/Mobil and other oil companies, with assistance from the World Bank, through the West African nations of Chad and Cameroon. This project was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, with additional support from the Center for Investigative Reporting's

Jun 7, 2010

The Carbon Hunters

CIR and FRONTLINE/World track the emerging market in forest carbon offsets. In this FRONTLINE/World segment (broadcast May 11) CIR senior correspondent Mark Schapiro and producer Andres Cediel travel deep into the Atlantic Forest and the Amazon, where they discover what life is like on the other end of an offset deal. >> Watch the full

May 11, 2010

Calculating the value of carbon in trees

The fate of the world's tropical forests is a contentious issue as the U.S. debates a cap on greenhouse gas emissions. American companies want the ability to meet limits by purchasing forests and agreeing not to cut them down. In a two-part series on the public radio show Marketplace, CIR explores what a forest offset

Feb 25, 2010

Dirty Business: ‘Clean Coal’ and the Battle for Our Energy Future

In the digital age, half our electricity still comes from coal. Dirty Business is a 90-minute documentary produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) revealing the true social and environmental costs of coal power and telling the stories of innovators who are pointing the way to an alternative energy future. Guided by Rolling Stone

Feb 1, 2010
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