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The Dyson effect: carbon "offset" forestry and the privatisation of the atmosphere

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This paper examines the increasingly fashionable view that vast tree plantations are a viable way of mitigating the climatic effects of industrial carbon dioxide emissions. It argues that this approach to global warming is based on bad science, enlarges rather than reduces richer societies' ecological footprint, and reinforces neo-colonialist structures of power.

Keywords: carbon sinks, colonialism, enclosures, forestry, greenhouse effect, privatisation

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