English translation: offsetting

Spanish term or phrase:compensaciones
English translation:offsetting

11:28 Mar 25, 2012
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Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Environment & Ecology
Spanish term or phrase: compensaciones
This is in a text about carbon trading. The sentence says "El “comercio de carbono” es una falsa solución al cambio climático porque ha dado lugar a las “compensaciones” de los países industrializados, únicos obligados a reducir emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero. I am not sure whether 'compensaciones' means 'offsetting' or whether it just means that the industrialized countries have been cleared (of their carbon debts). suggestions appreciated.
Jane Martin
Local time: 16:04
Yes, it means "offsetting" without a doubt.
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James A. Walsh
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Thanks for all your input. J : )
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Summary of answers provided
5 +6offsetting
James A. Walsh
5conpensation / compensation funds
Rafael Molina Pulgar
Summary of reference entries provided
compensaciones = offsets in carbon trading
Charles Davis

Discussion entries: 2



5 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +6

Yes, it means "offsetting" without a doubt.

James A. Walsh
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in category: 44
Grading comment
Thanks for all your input. J : )

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Simon Bruni: On reflection, I think you must be right
6 mins
  -> Since the ST mentions "países industrializados" (and not individuals or companies), I'm sure "offsetting" is the correct term. // Cheers Simon.

agree  Charles Davis
1 hr
  -> Thanks, Charles.

agree  Jenni Lukac (X)
2 hrs
  -> Thanks, Jenni.

agree  philgoddard
4 hrs
  -> Thanks, Phil.

agree  Richard Hill
7 hrs
  -> Thanks, Rich.

agree  K Donnelly
9 hrs
  -> Thanks, K.
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
conpensation / compensation funds

En este caso se trata de "compensations" SIN LUGAR A DUDAS.

Rafael Molina Pulgar
Local time: 10:04
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  philgoddard: Your first reference is about compensation for environmental damage, and I don't see the relevance of your second one.
3 hrs
  -> This is the technical word for it.

agree  faustus: asi es! son compensaciones economicas reales!
4 hrs
  -> Gracias, Faustus.
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Reference comments

4 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
Reference: compensaciones = offsets in carbon trading

Reference information:
"2. ¿Cuáles son las compensaciones de carbono?"
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"2. What are carbon offsets?"

"Por ello, desde Amigos de la Tierra insistimos en la necesidad de apostar por objetivos vinculantes ambiciosos apoyados por herramientas contrastadas de aplicación directa que excluyan los llamados ‘offsettings’ o compensaciones fuera de las fronteras."

"Las compensaciones y el comercio del carbono también son instrumentos falsos e injustos porque tratan un recurso mundial común, como es la atmósfera, como un producto que puede poseerse y comercializarse."

Charles Davis
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 96

Peer comments on this reference comment (and responses from the reference poster)
agree  James A. Walsh: Good references.
32 mins
  -> Thanks, James. Just thought we ought to get it straight.
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