theodp writes: "An investigation by The Guardian concludes that carbon offsetting, an idea which flows not from scientists but from politicians and business execs, does little or nothing to combat global warming. Tree-planting projects in Guatemala, Ecuador and Uganda have been accused of disrupting water supplies, evicting thousands of villagers from their land, seizing grazing rights from farmers, cheating local people of promised income, and running plantations where the soil releases more carbon than is absorbed by the trees. 'I think planting trees is mostly a waste of time and energy,' explained the founder of Climate Care, which relies for some 20% of its online sales on forestry. 'People love it unfortunately.'"
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