Re: Carbon-Neutral Is Hip, but Is It Green?

 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 fast.

        This trade looks unsatisfactory in several ways, e.g

1.  What fraction of the money collected is absorbed by the bureaucracies involved?

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
applied ecology
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