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Dozens of Russian aid trucks seen approaching Ukraine on Thursday
Dozens of Russian aid trucks seen approaching Ukraine on Thursday
Julia Smirnova

MOSCOW — The war in eastern Ukraine is being fought on several fronts — with deathly weapons and munitions on the one hand, and with competing interpretations of reality on the other. As the conflict drags on, it's increasingly becoming a propaganda war.

From the beginning, the Russian media has taken an active part in the crisis. The pro-Russian separatists have their own way of seeing things and communicate via local broadcasters and social media. And depending on the situation, the Ukrainian army tries to present events in the light that reflects it best. It is therefore easy — in the face of so many attacks and defenses, information and disinformation — to lose perspective. Which is why we at Die Welt aim to explain what's actually happening.

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The Bogus Concept Of "Carbon-Neutral" Oil

The Colombian president recently said that the country had exported one million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset oil. But in an unregulated carbon market, such a claim is pure greenwashing.

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María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez

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BOGOTÁ - In March this year, various national and corporate leaders met in Houston, Texas, for CERAWeek, an annual conference to discuss the world's energy challenges. Colombia's President Iván Duque took the opportunity to remind participants that his country produced just 0.6% of the world's carbon emissions even as it had raised crude production to one million barrels a day.

He said oil should not be seen as an enemy, since the fight was really against greenhouse gas emissions. He also revealed at the event that the country's national oil firm, Ecopetrol, had sold the Asian market its first million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset crude, consisting of the entire extraction, production and exportation chain.

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