NPR's investigation into 'Money Trees'

16 November 2015

National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent Lourdes Garcio-Navarro and producer Lauren Migaki recently flew to the Brazilian Amazon to report on drought and deforestation. Then they started to feel a little guilty about the carbon emissions associated with the several plane rides it took to cover a climate change story. So they worked with NPR’s Planet Money team to figure out whether they could offset the trip. The investigation took them back to the very beginning of carbon offsetting and to Sheryl Smith, who in 1987 was working for coal power plant builder AES and was asked to figure out how to offset the company’s impact. She came up with planting trees.

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