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When Swedish academics revealed a list of celebrity ‘super emitters’ with huge carbon footprints from flying, the results were shocking.
Jet-setting famous names were found to be responsible for up to 300 times more carbon emissions than the average person, with Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire, leading the way. He travelled 213,130 miles on 59 flights in 2017, mostly on his private Bombardier BD-700 jet — which he admits to being his ‘guilty pleasure’ — pumping out 1,629 tons of carbon dioxide.
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Others mentioned in the report, published in the journal Annals of Tourism Research, included Paris Hilton (68 flights, 1,261 tons), Jennifer Lopez (77 flights, 1,051 tons) and, in tenth place, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson (14 flights, 15 tons). Stefan Gosling, lead author of the findings, said he had been inspired to conduct the research by fellow Swede Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist who has vowed never to fly.
A spokeswoman for Watson said the actress pays to offset her carbon emissions from air travel through ClimateCare.org.
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But do carbon offsetting schemes work? Can you really plant trees to fly guilt-free? Can you take to the skies and still become one of the Daily Mail’s Tree Angels?
Here, we examine what some carbon offsetting organisations say they do — and compare results from their ‘carbon calculators’, in which you enter details of flights to work out how much you should pay to offset emissions. The prices below are based on offsetting return flights from London to New York.
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Each offsetting organisation tested has an online calculator to estimate emissions and a price to offset. Projects are listed, many of which involve reforestation. Most issue certificates to show you have offset emissions. Each typically spends 80 per cent of funds received on projects, while 20 per cent goes to running costs. Emissions estimates can...
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