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Companies often exaggerate benefits of carbon trading schemes, says UK documentary

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16 July 2007

Black marks for firms who exaggerate impact of carbon offsetting schemes

Author: Rob Edwards, Sunday Herald [UK]

Schemes used…to offset pollution are flawed and failing to save the planet, it has been claimed. Oil giant BP has also been accused of exaggerating cuts in emissions from pig farms in Mexico, while Sky TV's [part of British Sky Broadcasting] claims for a renewable energy plant in Bulgaria may prove illusory…"Carbon offsetting is more about salving one's conscience than solving the problem of climate change," said Duncan McLaren, chief executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland, warning that "carbon cowboys" could damage real efforts to combat global warming. [also refers to Avis Budget, Barclays Bank, British Airways, The Carbon Neutral Company (TCNC), Climate Care, Honda]

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16 July 2007

Great Green Smokescreen

Author: Tom Clarke, Channel 4 News [UK]

Channel 4 News Science Correspondent Tom Clarke dissects the many 'solutions' to global warming being marketed to consumers, from tree planting and carbon offsetting to green energy tariffs. [refers to Barclays, HSBC, Sky (part of British Sky Broadcasting), Dell, BP]

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