San Francisco airport begins selling carbon offsets

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Three new kiosks with touch screens let travelers passing through SFO airport punch in an itinerary and purchase the appropriate carbon offset—calculated on the spot. These Climate Passport kiosks, the first in a U.S. airport, debuted yesterday and are located after security checkpoints near the entrances to Terminal 3 and international terminals A and G.

The offsets will fund two local projects: Garcia River Forest's planting of redwood and Douglas fir trees in heavily-logged Mendocino County and Dogpatch Biofuels, a bio-diesel fueling station based in San Francisco.

It cost $190,000 in airport funds to implement the kiosks, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which reported mixed reactions from fliers at SFO.

Would the convenience of these airport kiosks sway you to offset your flight's carbon-dioxide emissions?

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