Sunday, December 10, 2006

Carbon Offsetting - The Devil's Orchard
A provocative article in the Metro of 30th November 2006 suggested that carbon offsetting does not work as currently practised. Oliver Rackham of Cambridge University says "Telling people to plant trees to solve climate change is like telling them to drink more water to keep down rising sea levels". In 2002 Coldplay announced that they would offset their latest album by planting 10,000 mango trees but a couple of years later only a few hundred were still alive.
Often offset tree plantations have often been a single species. In Amazonia some indigenous groups have named these plantations "The Devils Orchards" as they have reduced nearby stream flows by an average of 38 per cent. A spokesman for them, Jocelyn Therese said "We are not only victims of climate change, we are now victims of the carbon market".
So is carbon offsetting just a way to appease our consciences without being prepared to change our lifestyles?

5 Comments:

At 8:05 pm, Blogger Matt Burge said...

Yup.

 
At 6:29 am, Blogger alvinwriter said...

There's much argument about carbon offsetting. But what's fact is that trees and other plant life do take in carbon dioxide from the air and store it in their tissue. If there were no trees on Earth, it would be like Mars, which has an atmosphere of 95% carbon dioxide. But unlike the Earth, Mars is cold, when once it was warm.

College of Humanities Takes Steps to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Preserve the Rainforests: http://www.thenewsroom.com/details/154906?c_id=wom-bc-ar

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At 4:12 pm, Anonymous Matt said...

alvin

We have a new blog over at;

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cheers

Matt

 
At 11:09 am, Blogger alvinwriter said...

Thanks, Matt. Appreciate it. Great work put here. Anyway, here's something to "tide you by" as well as your other blogger fans. =)

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At 1:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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