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Carbon Offsets

Ready, Offset, Go! Aviation's Historic Climate Deal

Michael Gill | Posted 10.14.2016 | Green
Michael Gill

Anyone who has sat through UN negotiations knows that the process can be slow and frustrating. There are long stretches of inactivity followed by a day when you realize that big things can be achieved when people and countries come together to seek consensus. For those of us who have been working on climate issues in the aviation industry, last week marked the culmination of a number of years of work.

Debunked: Eight Myths About Carbon Offsetting

Forest Trends | Posted 07.28.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

By Will Tucker This story first appeared on our Viewpoints blog and Ecosystem Marketplace Let's preface this post with an indisputable fact: buying c...

Companies Use Voluntary Carbon Markets for More Than Just Offsetting

Forest Trends | Posted 06.09.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

This story first appeared on Ecosystem Marketplace By Kelli Barret William Theisen says his heart sank when he opened the latest edition of Ecosystem...

Will Carbon Offsetting Go Mainstream at South by Southwest?

Steve Zwick | Posted 03.17.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

The 29th annual South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) kicked off in Austin, Texas on Friday, and hundreds of thousands of concertgoers are flocking to the city. Most are coming by plane, bus, and automobile - emitting greenhouse gases in the process.

How a Voluntary Carbon Fee is Helping Microsoft and the Planet

Tamara "TJ" DiCaprio | Posted 03.11.2016 | Business

As a global technology company, we recognize the considerable amount of energy that our products and services require. That is why we committed to carbon neutrality and began our carbon fee program in 2012 and continue to take actions to address our environmental footprint.

The Case Of The Flatulent Fugitive: How California's Methane Monster Escaped The Carbon Cap (And How To Nab It)

Steve Zwick | Posted 01.14.2016 | Green
Steve Zwick

We all make mistakes -- that's why pencils have erasers and renters have insurance. Not all mistakes, however, are equal. If we mess up a math test, we can erase and start over; but if we burn the neighbor's house down, we can't "un-burn" it by labeling it a mistake. Instead, we have to offset our damage by paying to rebuild it.

Climate Summit Gets Heat For Footprint, But It's Not All Bad

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 12.03.2015 | Science

Sure, it's easy to spot the irony of the United Nations Paris COP21 climate conference. While leaders from 195 countries attend the summit to curb emi...

The Pope is Right on Climate, Wrong on Offsetting

Forest Trends | Posted 06.25.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

Offsetting isn't a complete and total "fix" to the climate mess, and it isn't intended to be. Poorly implemented, it may even become the ploy the pope worries about. But done right, it's an incredibly effective tool in a very large toolbox, yet it will only deliver on a large scale if it's embedded in a functional, well-regulated, and global climate-change response.

Voluntary Buyers Spend Nearly $4.5 Billion on Offsets Over Last Decade

Forest Trends | Posted 06.03.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

The voluntary carbon markets have served as the testing ground for compliance programs all over the world, even moving forward when efforts to implement mandatory cap-and-trade programs stalled. This has led to the voluntary markets having an influence that extends well beyond the nearly 1 billion offsets transacted over the last decade.

Local Climate Change Initiatives Bring Local Benefits and Global Impacts

Gary Gero | Posted 01.21.2015 | Green
Gary Gero

The community has developed the first forest offset project under the Reserve's Mexico Forest Protocol. The project will help provide clean water, an improved standard of living and improved habitat conditions.

California To Lock Carbon On Farms And Forests

Forest Trends | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Forest Trends

Climate change is bad for farms and forests, as the recent Showtime series "Years of Living Dangerously" makes abundantly - and painfully - clear. But...

Where's the Lorax When We Need Him?

Rachel Smolker | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Rachel Smolker

Decisions, decisions! So many options. What shall we do with all the trees?

California's Cap-and-Trade Program -- More Than Just a Solution for California

Gary Gero | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Gary Gero

Throughout the world California has a well-deserved reputation for leadership and innovation. Our efforts to combat climate change continue this tradition of leadership.

Of Bitcoins and Ethical Banking

Patrice Peyret | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Patrice Peyret

Digital representation of money and mathematical protocols take a lot less space than physical cash and require no brick-and-mortar security.

Making History on Climate Change

Preeti Vissa | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Preeti Vissa

Altogether, the provisions of SB 605 may turn out to be nearly as historic as California's original climate change law, shaping it into a sharply-focused attack on pollution that will build healthy, prosperous communities in places that are now struggling.

The Making of South Pole Carbon: How to Become a Social Entrepreneur?

Pro Journo | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Pro Journo

Many people dream of starting their own business. Some do it to make money and some want to make a difference to the social and environmental issues that matter to them. How does one then become a social entrepreneur? What is the story behind those who managed to do it?

The Inside Story of Diageo's Stunning Carbon Achievement

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green
Andrew Winston

Shifting subtly away from an attitude of "maximize profits this quarter at all costs" does not mean you leap right from capitalism to communism; it just means you take into account a broader definition of value to the organization and community.

Can Artificial Trees Help Take Carbon Dioxide Out of the Air?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 04.23.2013 | Green
Richard Schiffman

Climatologists tell us that the climate change train has long since left the station, but perhaps it is not yet too late to prevent it from accelerating beyond our capacity to cope.

Why the World Bank Must Divest From Fossil Fuels

Daphne Wysham | Posted 12.06.2012 | Green
Daphne Wysham

What about the remaining 56 percent of World Bank energy lending, most of it still devoted to fossil fuels? Is this what the Bank calls "stepping up to the challenge" of climate change?

Five Things You Should Know About Ozone Depleting Substances in California's Cap-and-trade Program

Gary Gero | Posted 02.03.2013 | Green
Gary Gero

California's cap-and-trade program incorporates the use of carbon offsets generated from the destruction of ozone depleting substances (ODS) to help the state meet its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Change, Carbon Offsetting, and the Destruction of Local Communities

Tobias Roberts | Posted 01.17.2013 | Green
Tobias Roberts

The CDM is thus not a viable way to combat global warming because it cannot intimately know the complex reality of the communities where the projects it funds are being implemented.

Put Up a Paradise in That Paved Parking Lot

Gary Gero | Posted 11.28.2012 | Green
Gary Gero

Trees help address climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing carbon in tree roots, trunks, and branches. And urban forests provide additional positive environmental, health and community benefits.

Microsoft Taxes Itself to Go Carbon Neutral

Andrew Winston | Posted 07.15.2012 | Green
Andrew Winston

It's innovative and committed, but it also points to a massive global failure of leadership on climate policy. We should put a price on carbon across the entire economy.

Do You COTAP? Alternative Energy for MBAs in Dismal Times

Bryan Gobin | Posted 06.25.2012 | Impact
Bryan Gobin

COTAP connects projects to individuals who want to offset their carbon footprint, but have a strong preference that their donations support poor farming communities in developing countries that already experience the brunt of climate change.

Reality Check: Six Questions You Should Ask About Your Carbon Offset

Joel Levin | Posted 01.08.2012 | Green
Joel Levin

All projects that reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are equally valuable in addressing global climate change. The key is to make sure that the emission reductions are real. So how do you do that?