Carbon offsetting criticised

The push by industrialised countries to offset their carbon emissions is undermining the fight against climate change, warned Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) in a report released at the start of key UN climate talks taking place in Bonn in June 2009. FoEI claims that carbon offsetting is ineffective and damaging, and that it is a con which is failing to reduce, and in some cases is even increasing, carbon emissions. Moreover it is delaying vital infrastructure change, putting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people at risk and is worsening inequality between rich and developing countries’ levels of emissions.


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