How do scientists know how much carbon a project will offset?



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    There are many factors that go into calculating a carbon footprint, and once that is known, carbon offsets can be purchased in the correct amount.  Companies that sell offsets should conform to standards that are agreed to by independant entities.  Some of these standards are the Voluntary Carbon Standard, Gold Standard, the Climate Action Reserve, the Clean Development Mechanism, or Joint Implementation under the Kyoto Protocol.

    If you’re curious, the second link is to a Web site that calculates your personal carbon footprint.

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