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Amazon carbon credit scheme exposed as fake by Brazil police raid

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🗞️ Driving the news: Brazilian authorities launched "Greenwashing," a major raid targeting Ricardo Stoppe and associates for running a fraudulent carbon credit scheme linked to illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest

🔭 The context: Stoppe’s Grupo Ituxi managed REDD+ projects on illegally obtained land, allegedly using these to generate and sell carbon credits while engaging in illegal logging
• The group is accused of manipulating logging documents and exploiting monitoring loopholes

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This case undermines the credibility of carbon offset projects, essential tools in the fight against climate change, and highlights the need for stricter regulations to prevent environmental crime and protect forests

⏭️ What's next: Environmental groups are urging for tougher regulations in Brazil’s developing carbon market
• The effectiveness of deforestation monitoring systems is under scrutiny to prevent similar fraudulent activities

💬 One quote: “This case highlights the challenges of ensuring the legitimacy of carbon offset projects,” say environmental groups, advocating for regulatory reforms

📈 One stat: The Federal Police executed 76 arrest and search warrants, seizing assets such as airplanes, luxury cars, and jewelry

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