Posts By Bill Barclay

Bill Barclay - who has written 7 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Bill joined RAN in June 2005 to lead work to secure climate, biodiversity and indigenous rights safeguard policies from financial institutions with investments in the Canadian Boreal, focusing in particular on Canadian banks. Working with the Global Finance Campaign, Bill has subsequently supported RAN’s campaigning to stop financing for new coal fired power plant construction in the U.S. and for its current focus on ending mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. Bill is also leading RAN’s Forests and Climate work in the UN climate negotiations, which is developing global responses to address tropical deforestation and degradation.

A Week in Rio: Greenwash Gone Wild!

By Bill Barclay, June 20 2012

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A Week in Rio: Greenwash Gone Wild!

It’s not a pretty sight: a convergence of some of the world’s most rapacious corporations spouting their forgotten love for nature as they cavort at Rio+20 VIP events. Take Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), which is known as “one of the most destructive companies on the planet”. APP is nonetheless dressing up in Rio as [...]

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Peat Fires Greet Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force Assembly

By Bill Barclay, September 29 2011

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Peat Fires Greet Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force Assembly

Thick smoke from burning peatlands hangs over the capital of Central Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo every morning. The smell from the smoke is pervasive, a constant reminder of how Indonesia has become the third largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world. Driven by relentless and ill advised palm oil expansion, Kalimantan’s carbon rich but relatively [...]

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Indonesian Forest Moratorium Falls Short

By Bill Barclay, June 21 2011

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Indonesian Forest Moratorium Falls Short

Telepak and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) have just released a report confirming that the Indonesian Forest Moratorium was breeched on the day it was announced. The photographic evidence in the report verifies that KLK, a Malaysian palm oil company, was actively clearing peatlands in the area where the moratorium pilot project was meant to [...]

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Some Notes On the New GAR Policy and Implementation

By Bill Barclay, March 4 2011

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Some Notes On the New GAR Policy and Implementation

As we applaud the new forest conservation policy announced by Sinar Mas subsidiary Golden Agri Resources, it’s important to remember that the big challenge facing palm oil traders like Cargill, watchdog groups, and international customers is to make sure that GAR’s promises to protect Indonesian rainforests on paper are turned into real change on the [...]

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subprime carbon coming your way?

By Bill Barclay, March 26 2009

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subprime carbon coming your way?

Cap and trade, carbon offsets and carbon markets could soon spawn a massive trillion dollar derivatives market in sub-prime carbon, according to a new report from Friends of the Earth. Congressional climate legislation is poised to unleash new carbon markets with very little regulatory oversight, raising the spector of a new speculative bubble that makes [...]

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What is the carbon footprint of my checking account?

By Bill Barclay, November 19 2008

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What is the carbon footprint of my checking account?

RAN released a new report today, “Financing Global Warming: Canadian Banks and Fossil Fuels“, which calculates for the first time the carbon footprint from financing of fossil fuels by 7 leading Canadian banks – RBC, TD, Scotiabank, BMO, CIBC, Desjardins and Vancity.  Along with the report, we also launched a new website, climatefriendlybanking.org. The report [...]

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Tasmania: “Pulp mill? Pulp mill? We don’t need your stinking pulp mill!”

By Bill Barclay, November 21 2007

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Tasmania: “Pulp mill? Pulp mill? We don’t need your stinking pulp mill!”

Join the global call to ANZ Bank, “Don’t fund forest destruction.” Last weekend was a wake-up call for regional banking giant ANZ. Over 15,000 people took to the streets of Hobart, Tasmania to protest ANZ’s potential financing of a big new pulp mill that threatens remaining stands of Tasmanian old-growth. In Tokyo, where RAN has [...]

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