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Federal government issues new guidelines to improve carbon offsets

Federal government issues new guidelines to improve carbon offsets

The Biden administration introduced new guidelines to enhance the credibility of carbon offsets, which have been criticized for not effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Brad Plumer reports for The New York Times.

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Planting trees as carbon offsets is trickier than it seems

A planted tree will suck up carbon regardless of species or its planters’ motivation. But it’s difficult to make blanket statements about the efficacy of carbon capture forestry.

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Revealed: More than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets by biggest provider are worthless, analysis shows

The forest carbon offsets approved by the world’s leading provider and used by Disney, Shell, Gucci and other big corporations are largely worthless and could make global heating worse, according to a new investigation.

Satellites detect no real climate benefit from 10 years of forest carbon offsets in California
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Satellites detect no real climate benefit from 10 years of forest carbon offsets in California

Millions of dollars have gone into California’s forest carbon offset program – with little new carbon storage to show for it, a new study suggests.
international carbon credits open to Aussie oil & gas

Northern Territory government opens door for oil and gas companies to buy international offsets, policy reveals

Oil and gas companies will be allowed to buy Commonwealth-approved international offsets as a way to keep producing emissions, a Northern Territory government policy has revealed. 
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Ottawa unveils new program to help big industries cut emissions at lower cost

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault is creating Canada’s first carbon offset market to help big industry in its quest to cut its greenhouse gas emissions.

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Vermont Fuel dealers and environmentalists are fired up over the clean heating bill

The late flurry of opposition to the centerpiece of Democrats' climate agenda had an air of desperation.

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