Questioning Carbon Currency

November 2005
Natural Life;Nov/Dec2005, Issue 106, p6
This article presents a query of a reader related to the principles behind carbon offsets. An offset is any project that negates the impact of a company's or individual's greenhouse gas polluting activities by avoiding an equal amount of pollution through the use of renewable energy sources, or by sequestering or absorbing a comparable amount of carbon dioxide that is in the atmosphere. Going carbon neutral is not a substitute for large-scale international action to reduce emissions levels, but every bit helps. By avoiding pollution, clean power generators like those using wind, solar or hydro, get credit for the improved public health and reduced pollution resulting from their power, which is measured in tons of greenhouse gases avoided.


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