Recent counts by Business Week
magazine and several environmental watchdog groups tally the trade in
offsets at more than $100 million a year and growing blazingly
trade looks unsatisfactory in several ways, e.g
1. What fraction of the money collected is absorbed by the
2. What fraction of the trees planted are properly cared
for, so as to have a good chance of actually incorporating much carbon
by growing for some decades?
3. Is it ethical to fertilise the ocean in attempt to
stimulate carbon fixation by algae? What are the actual
ecological effects of this caper? How much carbon is emitted by
the system to deposit the nutrients in the ocean? Is it actually
being done, rather than presented as an image to "justify"
Silverjet® etc's emissions?
L. R. B. Mann M.Sc Ph.D
P O Box 28878 Remuera, Auckland 1541, New Zealand
(9) 524 2949