The carbon count: scientists need better Earth-monitoring tools to see whether climate policies are working

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Date: July 23, 2009
From: Nature(Vol. 460, Issue 7254)
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Document Type: Editorial
Length: 546 words
Lexile Measure: 1450L

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When the world's nations meet in Copenhagen this December to try to construct a successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on climate change, one major point of discussion will be 'offsets'. These are deals that could help countries meet their targets for reducing emissions by paying for others to absorb greenhouse gases in natural carbon sinks such as rainforests, or by otherwise reducing the threat of global warming.

Any new agreement would presumably build on the existing Kyoto framework that allows certified credits from offsetting projects, such as planting trees, to be traded on the international emissions market. Voluntary carbon offsets are also becoming increasingly popular among businesses and air travellers who want to compensate for the carbon footprint of their activities.

As things stand, unfortunately, the success or failure of any such policy is largely...

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