Carbon offsets: planet-savers, or guilt-reducers?

The World

A six-month investigation into the multi-million dollar business of carbon offsets has uncovered, instead of verdant forests of carbon-sequestering trees, many shady alleys of corruption and fraud.

In this conversation, we speak with Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter for our partner, WGBH. Phillip collaborated on the international investigation with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and The Christian Science Monitor. He tells us that in many cases, paying for carbon offsets proves to be better for our conscience than it is for our planet.

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