Climate cash-in

Ogburn, Stephanie Paige
May 2008
High Country News;5/26/2008, Vol. 40 Issue 10, p5
The article focuses on the purchase of carbon credits from U.S. farms and ranches by members of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) to offset their own pollution. Switching land management styles among farmers and ranchers is considered to be helpful in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the country. No-till practice can also provide environmental benefits by reducing compaction and erosion and building more biodiverse soils. According to Richard Conant, ecologist of Colorado State University, better land-use practices in theory can keep over 19 million metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere each year. However, some people are uncertain on the effectiveness of carbon markets in changing land-management practices since offsets should also be verifiable.


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