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Everything you wanted to know about greening travel through buying offsets by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
March 29, 2007, 9:14 pm
Filed under: Articles, Development theory, Environment, If you have 30 mins

I picked up this paper from Tufts Climate Initiative planning to just read the executive summary and got sucked into the whole document. The team does a really good job of comparing the different carbon offsetting organizations in relation to travel and also picks apart the different types of carbon calculator and helps you understand why there isn’t a simple, one-answer solution. Read more…The article is really well written and you can read the summary here before making the decision whether to download the full article. It also answers up front the question that so many of us have – carbon offsets are not to be used as a way to buy “environmental pardons” and that they are of limited value in addressing climate change writ large. However, they do play a role in promoting innovation and funding projects that would not otherwise have happened. BUT they should not be seen as an excuse to postpone carbon caps and federal regulation. Seriously though, this is a more fun read than you would think!!

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