In The Field

Earth system science: Saving the planet

Mike Raupach, of the ESSP’s global carbon project, confessed today that while he bought carbon ‘credit’ to offset his trip here for the conference, and he’s sure that the group he bought it from is legitimate, he doesn’t really, actually know how the carbon is counted up or if his trip is truly offset. I must admit that having recently bought my brother carbon credits for his birthday I faced the same problem. I’m pretty sure my money is going to the greater good of the planet, but exactly how I don’t know.

But if I don’t know, and he doesn’t know, then who does know? “Good question,” says Mike. Perhaps we all need some guidance on this.


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