Why biodiversity offsetting is a contentious issue in conservation

by ARKANSAS DIGITAL NEWS

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Sand Martin Wood in Faugh near Carlisle, Cumbria, UK, was acquired by the carbon offset company co2balance in September 2006 It has been planted with a broad mix of native trees over 6 hectares and is managed for wildlife as well as the companies offset clients Though seen as controversial by some carbon offsetting is one way of a company or individual to reduce their emissions, as the trees absorb and sequestrate carbon as they grow. (Photo by Ashley Cooper/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images)

Sand Martin Wood in Faugh near Carlisle in Cumbria, UK, was acquired by the carbon offset company co2balance in September 2006

Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty​ Images

I LIVE close to Holloway Prison in north London, a former women’s jail. It closed in 2016 and is currently a demolition site being readied for flats. Over the fence, I can see huge piles of rubble – and a single magnificent plane tree in the middle of what will become a park. I am glad the developers didn’t raze it to the ground along with all the others.

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