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Plant a tree, offset pollution

July 29, 2007|From Times Wire Services

U.S. consumers who see planting trees as a way to fight global warming can now sprout them without getting out the garden tools.

The U.S. Forest Service and the nonprofit National Forest Foundation have launched a website where consumers can pay $6 to offset a metric ton of carbon dioxide, the main gas that scientists link to global warming. Their donations will pay for projects such as the planting of ponderosa pines in a Montana forest wiped out by a fire.

The United States, the world's largest producer of greenhouse emissions, does not regulate output of the gases.

For more information, go to www.becomeafriend.org/carbon/report.phpcapitalfund.

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