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Do Airline Climate Offsets Really Work? Here’s the Good News, and the Bad.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

A study published last year found that California’s forest carbon offsets program was likely to have overstated its emission reductions by 80 percent or more. In a 2016 study, the European Union Commission concluded that 85 percent of the projects it examined were unlikely to achieve their reduction claims. And a 2019 ProPublica investigation found that, overwhelmingly, forest preservation projects “hadn’t offset the amount of pollution they were supposed to, or they had brought gains that were quickly reversed or that couldn’t be accurately measured to begin with.”

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