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Air Travel and Carbon Offset


A short audio and reading by MPR News on ‘Carbon Offset’ that gives an overview of what carbon offsets mean and how you can purchase them. It talks about the emission reduction that is linked to the travel industry through the principle of carbon credit.

Students will learn about carbon credit, emissions reduction, and carbon offset in the airline travel industry. They will also learn how consumers of air travel can buy carbon offsets to reduce individual carbon footprint and reduce deforestation.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is carbon offsetting?
  2. How can buying carbon credit reduce individual carbon emission?
About Tool
Tool Name Carbon offsets 101: How they work and how to get the biggest bang for your buck
Discipline Economics, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Change Economics, Carbon Emissions, Fossil Fuels, Pollution, Carbon Tax, Carbon Credit, carbon Offset, Emission reduction, Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Carbon Footprint
Climate Topic Climate Economics
Type of tool Audio (7 mins) 
Grade Level Undergraduate, Graduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Paul Huttner and Megan Burks 
Hosted at MPR News
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic
Paul Huttner | MPR News


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