Greta Thunberg and ‘Flight Shame’ Fuel a Carbon Offset Boom

Aug. 12, 2019, 2:21 PM

Campaigning by climate activist Greta Thunberg and filmmaker-naturalist David Attenborough is persuading pollution-conscious fliers to try to mitigate the environmental damage caused by their flights.

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Sales of so-called carbon offsets are soaring: Myclimate, a Swiss nonprofit whose clients include Deutsche Lufthansa AG, reported a fivefold uptake in its credits in a year. At Ryanair Holdings Plc, Europe’s largest discount carrier, the number of customers making voluntary offset payments has almost doubled in 18 months.

This summer’s heatwaves have boosted sales. Europe has seen rivers dry, temperature records fall and sporting events canceled in heat scientists blame on human-caused global ...

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