World Cup Teams to Offset Carbon Emissions

More than half of the soccer teams participating in this year’s World Cup tournament have decided to offset their carbon dioxide emissions from travel and hotel stay, according to Swiss offset company South Pole. The teams are expected to generate 6,000 tons of carbon dioxide each. The teams’ offsets would account for a fraction of the 2.7 million tons of emission expected to result from the tournament, the product of fans and players traveling around the world and an inefficient South African power grid that relies on coal. The offset program was launched by the U.N. Environment Programme and the South African ministry of environment.