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Microsoft backs tree-planting carbon removal project in Panama

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Microsoft has agreed to purchase 1.6 million carbon removal credits from a major reforestation project in Panama, developed by Ponterra
• The initiative aims to plant over 6 million trees on 10,000 hectares of land degraded by cattle ranching, removing 3.2 million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere

🔭 The context: Tech companies, including Microsoft, are investing heavily in carbon offset projects to meet sustainability goals
• However, voluntary carbon markets face scrutiny over the effectiveness of their environmental impact
• This project is distinctive because it focuses on reforestation rather than merely protecting existing forests

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: By restoring degraded land and promoting biodiversity, the project could provide a significant boost to local ecosystems and communities
• It underscores the role of corporate investments in addressing climate change, despite ongoing debates about the efficacy of carbon offsets

⏭️ What's next: The project will contribute to Microsoft's commitment to achieving zero carbon emissions by 2030
• It also aims to generate over $70 million for local communities through various financial benefits

💬 One quote: "What sets this project the fact it focuses on restoring land degraded by cattle ranching by planting 6 million trees," said the developer Ponterra

📈 One stat: Microsoft's carbon emissions have increased by 30% since 2020 due to data center construction

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