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What Are Carbon Offsets?

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There are so many ways to reduce your carbon footprint. One that has become increasingly popular — and controversial — in recent years is the practice of purchasing carbon offsets. If you've heard the phrase but aren't too familiar with the concept, you may be wondering: What exactly are carbon offsets? Are they scams, or are they really worth the money?

Carbon offsetting is essentially paying someone else to curb your own CO2 emissions somewhere on Earth, therefore "offsetting" an activity you did that generated CO2 emissions. Numerous companies sell carbon offsets, and buying them is as easy as visiting a website and typing in your credit card info.