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Carbon offsetting

Posted by Nona-185684 - Created: 10 years ago
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I'm just about to buy flights and see the company are suggesting a contibution to carbon offsetting - it's not a lot of money to save the planet(!) but I would like to know if anyone has researched the topic and, if so, if they could give some feedback on the efficacy, integrity and politics of the scheme.

Thank you

Sally

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Posted by tugg100 - 10 years ago

Its the new buzz word and like many other measures a control button...

I figure that my contribution recently was to fly to the UK rather than drive, I would calculate upon some 300 litres of fuel in total and at about 230 grms of CO2 per km, at about 2500km that is ..... well work it out yourself , unless anyone can prove otherwise thats certainly proportionatly less than an aircraft of which emmisions are for the greater part H2O. Be in carbon credit fly not drive.......

T G

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Posted by mah-226399 - 10 years ago

http://www.newint.org/features/2006/07/01/keynote/

I'm sure the people at BA have come up with a very nice scheme but Carbon Offsetting is something else altogether.

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Posted by RJH-187583 - 10 years ago

No you wouldn't, you only transmit.

This thread was about what airlines offer passengers to offset the CO2 produced by the flight they are about to take.

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Posted by mah-226399 - 10 years ago

This is still a thread on Carbon Offsetting right?

I don't think Carbon Offsetting is any kind of solution. Do you?

http://www.spinwatch.org/content/view/4035/29/

Obviously we need to protect the planet, use our resources wisely and reduce pollution. I'm not sure how Carbon Offsetting does any of that.

If you do though I would be glad to hear about it.

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Posted by mah-226399 - 10 years ago

Much as I hate to link to FoxNews here is an article on Carbon Offsets which might be illuminating:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,257958,00.html

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Posted by RJH-187583 - 10 years ago

are you crazy? biofuels?

www.climatecare.org/britishairways/projects is relevant to what all of these people were talking about.

And if you can't see how the power-saving bulb runs parallel with your statement to the effect that an incomplete solution is no solution then I really don't know what to suggest.

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Posted by mah-226399 - 10 years ago

I thought this thread was about Carbon Offsetting.

However if you want to discuss Biofuels then perhaps we should discuss if they are indeed the great answer to all our polluting problems or not.

Food for thought:

http://www.newstatesman.com/200603060009

http://news.independent.co.uk/business/analysis_and_features/article2516619.ece

So far this year demand for Biofuels has played havoc with the economy in places like Mexico with poor people no longer being able to afford to eat.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6319093.stm

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Posted by RJH-187583 - 10 years ago

You, Mah, are in the dark about what we speak. If you look at what BA is proposing, it is not the cynical trading of polluting capacity. Real initiatives, not people being paid to sit on their hands [like the Common Agricultural Policy].

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Posted by mah-226399 - 10 years ago

No but this post is not about low consumption is it? It's about Carbon Offsetting. Or are my reading skills as bad as my spelling?

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Posted by RJH-187583 - 10 years ago

Does a power-saving bulb defeat the point? Darkness is the only answer.