Fighting over carbon offsets

Many carbon offset schemes are bad, and there is a growing backlash against them (see this post on In Balance). Companies and NGOs with green goals are also competing for money and power. From BBC,

Carbon offsets ‘harm environment’

The current trend for “offsetting” carbon emissions by planting trees is doing more harm to the environment than good, MPs have been told.

The public is being “seriously misled” by companies peddling carbon offset schemes, campaigner Jutta Kill told the environmental audit committee.

The schemes did not reduce emissions and simply gave industry a “licence to pollute” elsewhere, she argued.

People should give money directly to climate charities instead, she said…

Jutta Kill is Climate Change Campaign Co-ordinator for the Forests and the European Union Resource Network (FERN), a charity.


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