How To Reduce Carbon Emissions

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

No one person can solve global warming by themselves. But there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your share of the emissions that contribute to climate change. One way to help is by buying carbon offsets.

A carbon offset is a credit that an individual or organization can buy. Your purchase then funds projects that reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Renewable energy operations like wind or solar, or methane-capture facilities participate in this funding program.

Some things to consider: It's best to buy offsets that support specific projects. Look for offsets whose greenhouse gas reductions will happen on a clear timeframe. And look for offset providers that have independently examined and verified the projects.

Air travelers may soon be able to purchase certified carbon offsets from kiosks right at the airport. An offset for a two-hour domestic flight will be around $4.

And now Congress is debating climate change legislation that includes the opportunity for polluting industries to purchase carbon offsets as they transition to cleaner operations.


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