Conservation International: What on Earth is a ‘carbon offset’?

Editor’s note: From “climate adaptation” to “blue carbon,” from “landscape approach” to “ecosystem services,” environmental jargon is everywhere these days. Conservation International’s Human Nature blog looks to make sense of it in an occasional explainer series we’re calling “What on Earth?” In this installment, we break down carbon offsets, a way to help reduce greenhouse gas…

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Coins, cigarettes, stewardship: In Indonesia, ocean conservation means giving back

In the small fishing villages of West Papua, Indonesia — home to the single greatest reservoir of marine life on the planet — material offerings like coins and cigarettes fulfill a crucial ceremonial purpose: By sending these modern trappings of wealth down to the blue depths, community elders “feed” the sea to ensure its continued bounty. It’s…

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