07.06.2021

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The Conversation: Carbon dioxide lasts for centuries – so should carbon offsets

"For a company to claim that they are achieving net zero – balancing their emissions with an equivalent quantity of removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – it is essential that any offsets that they use are long-lasting, rather than temporary."

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06.05.2021

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ProPublica: The Climate Solution Actually Adding Millions of Tons of CO2 Into the Atmosphere

"New research shows that California’s climate policy created up to 39 million carbon credits that aren’t achieving real carbon savings. But companies can buy these forest offsets to justify polluting more anyway."

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22.04.2021

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The Carbon Curve: Six Questions to Ask Before Buying Another Carbon Offset

"Many of these net-zero plans, unfortunately, will depend heavily on low-quality carbon offsets. In previous posts, I have talked about the major inherent flaws in most carbon offsets and the steps that businesses can take to start shifting away from these flawed offsets."

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13.04.2021

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Tech Crunch: EcoCart raises $3 million for a Honey-like browser extension to offset shoppers’ carbon emissions

"Brands pay the company a commission to drive traffic to their websites under a standard affiliate marketing model and EcoCart uses a portion of the proceeds to offset a shopper’s carbon emissions."

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08.04.2021

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Car and Driver: Polestar Announces Project 0 to Build a Carbon-Neutral Car by 2030

"Rather than offset emissions by only planting trees, the Volvo affiliate claims it will change the way its cars are made, and targets a fully carbon-neutral company by 2040."

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06.04.2021

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Bloomberg Green: A Top U.S. Seller of Carbon Offsets Starts Investigating Its Own Projects

"The Nature Conservancy's review calls into question millions of dollars of credits sold to JPMorgan, BlackRock, and Disney."

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29.03.2021

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Bloomberg Green: Russia Wants to Use a Forest Bigger Than India to Offset Carbon

"The world’s biggest energy exporter—and home to billions of trees—is coming under international pressure over emissions ahead of United Nations climate change talks later this year."

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25.03.2021

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Independent: The next carbon offset frontier is not Silicon Valley, it’s the Congo Basin

"As the world gears up for COP26 in Glasgow, Douglas Flynn explains why Africa’s tropical forests must be a focus for protection through investment."

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23.03.2021

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Brazzola, Nicoletta; et al. (2021): Offsetting unabated agricultural emissions with CO2 removal to achieve ambitious climate targets

Brazzola, Nicoletta; Wohland, Jan; Patt, Anthony (2021): Offsetting unabated agricultural emissions with CO2 removal to achieve ambitious climate targets. In PloS one 16 (3), e0247887. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247887.

"We explore using additional CDR to offset alternative agricultural non-CO2 emission pathways in which emissions either remain constant or rise. We assess the effects on the climate of calculating CDR rates to offset agricultural emission under two different approaches: relying on the 100-year global warming potential conversion metric (GWP100) and maintaining effective radiative forcing levels at exactly those of RCP2.6."

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11.03.2021

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Scientific American: Direct Air Capture of CO2 Is Suddenly a Carbon Offset Option

"Canada’s largest company is funding machines that suck CO2 from the atmosphere to offset its own emissions."

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