Best of 2017: What on Earth is a ‘carbon offset’?

One beneficiary of your carbon offsets: the Chyulu Hills REDD+ project in Kenya. (© Charlie Shoemaker for Conservation International)

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In this installment of “What on Earth?” we break down carbon offsets, a way to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Put simply, it’s a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to compensate for emissions made somewhere else. Purchasing a carbon offset enables people and businesses, then, to reduce their carbon footprints.

Find out what you can do to offset your carbon footprint in the original post.

Morgan Lynch is a staff writer for CI.

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