Carbon trading schemes may encourage the cutting of trees

A recent study released in the journal Public Library of Science Biology attacks head-on the assumption that carbon offset markets are beneficial for the environment, claiming that some schemes actually result in increased deforestation.  The controversial claim is supported in the study, titled “No Forest Left Behind”, and provides an interesting perspective on the potentially adverse effects of carbon trading.

The researchers assert that under the Kyoto Protocol there is no profit motive for the 10 countries and one French territory that hold 20 percent of the Earth’s intact tropical forest to preserve it.

The Kyoto treaty has focused on assigning carbon credits for countries and companies that plant new trees where forests have been destroyed due to development, logging or farming, the authors noted.  There is no credit for countries that maintain already-abundant forestland, the study said.

The study recommended assigning carbon credits for preserving already-intact forests.

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Sep. 07, 2007

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