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2015: a year in review on trade and the environment
In 2015, new trade and investment cases, leaks and texts all demonstrated how trade rules present a significant threat to our environment and climate.
Move to renewables jeopardized by EU corporate trade deals
Proposed special rights for corporations in EU trade agreements threaten to prevent the necessary energy transition to tackle climate change according to a new report.
There is no EU solution to climate change as long as TTIP exists
The European Union has been caught trying to undermine any meaningful outcome from the UN climate talks in Paris.
Secret trade talks could weaken climate targets set in Paris, warn campaigners
Rival international negotiations in Geneva could outlaw subsidies for solar or wind power in ‘great climate change swindle’
A dirty deal: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens our climate
In its more than 6,000 pages of binding rules, the deal fails to even mention the words “climate change”—a clear sign it is not “a 21st-century trade agreement,” as some have claimed.
TTIP vs. climate policy: what is at risk?
TTIP is intended to remove “non-tariff barriers to trade”. But the barriers it is targeting are democratically adopted regulations, preventing or correcting damages that would result from unregulated private markets.
Foreign investor protection and climate action: a new price tag for urgent policies
Foreign investor protection provisions in trade and investment agreements tilt the playing field in favor of entrenched incumbents and against urgent action on climate.
The secretive trade agreements that could scupper climate change ​action​
Global trade deals like TTIP and TPP will lead to an increase in greenhouse gases and negate any agreement on climate change
Trade deals could lock in fossil fuel exports to Europe
The Natural Resources Defense Council has projected that Europe could be receiving 700,000 barrels of tar sands bitumen a day by 2020.
TTIP talks: EU alleged to have given ExxonMobil access to confidential papers
Documents and emails obtained by the Guardian reveal ‘collusion’ between Brussels and industry over the fossil fuel push in free trade negotiations.
Two thirds of European oil refineries ready for tar sands imports
More than two thirds of European oil refineries are now equipped to process tar sands, research has found, raising fears the EU is ready to welcome a flood of imports of one of the most environmentally devastating fuels in production.
Europe’s leaders must devise a global trading system that puts the poor first
The EU’s professed commitment to sustainable development is not reflected in its proposed text for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Why doesn’t the Trans-Pacific Partnership mention climate change?
While the text of the TPP does address the environment in general ways, it does so with none of the urgency that climate change action demands.
Free trade: the hidden costs to our oceans and climate
With almost half of our carbon emissions and over 90 percent of our planet’s warming being absorbed by the ocean, the cheap goods on our grocery store shelves might not be such a good deal after all.
3 Ways the TPP Will Hurt the Climate—If We Let It Pass
The Trans Pacific Partnership is in climate denial - nowhere in its more than 5,000 pages does it mention climate change.
Details of Trans-Pacific Partnership text finally released
The final text of a huge 12-country trade agreement has confirmed the "worst nightmares" of environmental groups, with no mention of climate change in its lone environment chapter and weak enforcement mechanisms
Joseph Stiglitz: under TPP, polluters could sue U.S. for setting carbon emissions limits
The basic point is that TPP is a trade agreement that has all kinds of provisions intended to restrict regulations.
Trade deals boosting climate change: the food factor
New trade deals like CETA, TPP and TTIP will likely increase the production, trade and consumption of industrial food, with important implications in terms of climate change.
TTIP: EU negotiators appear to break environmental pledge in leaked draft
As Miami talks wind up, environmental safeguards are ‘virtually non-existent’ in trade deal negotiating text for sustainable development, lawyers say
Dirty hands on dirty deals
What do the UN climate talks in Paris this December, “COP21”, and the ongoing EU-US trade negotiations, TTIP, have in common?