Every year, the burning of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest puts 200 – 300 million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere – roughly half the worldwide emissions which the Climate Convention has pledged to reduce. Yet replanting trees in the deforested areas could absorb vast amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere. But schemes such as this – to offset rather than reduce greenhouse gas pollution – are controversial because they could discourage polluters from actively reducing carbon emissions. Earth Report visits the Amazon to find out more about the issue which stalled the international climate negotiations in the Hague.
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