The problem with carbon credits

09/6/2011 | Mother Nature Network

Carbon credits have their drawbacks, critics say, whether purchased voluntarily by corporations or individuals as a way to offset carbon dioxide emissions or mandated by governments. "Essentially, carbon offsets work by allowing polluters to pay others to make their carbon reductions for them" -- possibly encouraging pollution-heavy ways, writes Stephanie Rogers. Also, many carbon-offset and cap-and-trade programs create debate over their credentials and management.

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