Should carbon offsets be promoted as a way to reduce
global warming in the
Carbon Dioxide - fossil fuel burning, land clearing/burning.
Methane - Breakdown of organic material by anaerobic bacteria.
Nitrous Oxide - Biomass burning, automobile exhaust.
Ozone automobile exhaust
Chlorofluorocarbons - Refrigerants, cleaning solvents, propellants.
Water vapor naturally occurring
Want to reduce global warming?
Two ways to do it.
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Remove greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere.
Legal approaches to slow global warming
2001 US pulled out of the agreement.
28 states have climate action plans
9 states have
emissions targets (including
Mayor Greg Nickels led American cities to
ACUPCC signed by Dr Walton Sept 2007
Complete a greenhouse gas inventory within the first year (done in June 2008)
Develop a plan within two years to be climate neutral (due September 2009)
Make climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experience for all students.
Over 500 colleges participating
A carbon offset is a financial tool designed to alleviate global warming.
Measured in metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e).
One carbon offset represents the reduction of one metric ton of carbon dioxide or equivalent
If you cant or dont want to change your actions enough to reduce your GHG emissions, you can pay for someone else to offset them