Today the FTC holds its first-ever workshop on carbon offsets . Carbonfund.org is represented by our Executive Director, Eric Carlson, who was invited to participate in the Session 5 panel, "Roundtable Discussion on Consumer Protection Challenges and Need for FTC Guidance." We'll report on the workshop tomorrow.
In the meantime, a couple of articles about China, which announced today a surprise ban on free plastic bags in its stores , according to ENN. A small step to be sure, but perhaps it indicates that the Chinese government is becoming aware of the serious environmental disaster brewing in its country. Contrast this lengthy, detailed New York Times article, which explains how as China moves to become the world's factory, it is also becoming the world's smokestack . In light of that, is the ban on free bags a sign of drastic action to come, or a token gesture that will do little?