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Concerns about the carbon footprint of air travel have taken off around the globe with "flight shaming" the latest cultural battleground set up by the escalating climate crisis.
Under public pressure, the international aviation industry is poised to inject hundreds of millions and eventually billions of dollars into environmental projects under a United Nations' deal to counteract the increasing amount of greenhouse-gas emissions expected from airplane travel in coming decades.
Recipient - Dollars - Governments - South - America
Emerging as a likely top recipient of these corporate dollars are governments in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. In exchange for annual payments, countries or local governments would be required to document a dramatic reduction in the destruction of their tropical forests, from the jungles of the Congo and Thailand to the Amazon.
However, carbon-offset programs aimed at preserving forests in developing nations have a history of displacing indigenous groups and funding efforts that would've happened regardless of the payments.
California - Air-quality - Regulators - State - Name
California's top air-quality regulators are debating whether the state should put its name on an internationally anticipated blueprint for designing such offset programs.
The Tropical Forest Standard—which the California Air Resources Board will consider on Sept. 19—has drawn vocal critics and vehement supporters.
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"We're now venturing into an area, by even having this discussion, which is way beyond CARB's normal areas of operation," air board Chair Mary Nichols said during a contentious, hours-long board meeting in November to discuss the forest standard, "and, I think, we've had legal and technical and expert staff who've worked with us every step of the way, but clearly there's a danger of California's name being misused, abused."
However, Nichols—who did not respond to interview requests for this story—went on to say during the public hearing last fall that she also felt compelled to help preserve the Amazon and other ecosystems.
Forests - Fact - Vanishing
"The tropical forests are in fact vanishing," she said. "Whether they're...
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