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Carbon Footprints September 3, 2007

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Why is she travelling overland from the UK to Australia?

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What is a carbon footprint?

What are some basic ways in which a carbon footprint can be measured?

Why is it necessary for people to attempt to reduce their carbon footprints?

Which country’s citizens have the largest carbon footprints?

What is the meaning of the term “Carbon Neutral”?

What are Carbon Offsets?

In what specific ways can we measure the size of our individual footprints?

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1. goodiegoodie - September 7, 2007

Carbon Footprints: By Christine 9D.
Why is she travelling overland from the UK to Australia?

Barbara Haddrill is very environmentally conscious and rather than taking a plane, she wants to reduce carbon emissions by going over land and sea to attend one of her best friends’ wedding. By doing so, she can find out her distance traveled, cost and what CO2 emissions occurred in comparison to flying. By travelling over land and sea she is able to get a better understanding of the world and will be able to connect with people and landscapes a lot more than sitting on a plane.

What is a carbon footprint?
A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, which is measured in units of carbon dioxide.

What are some basic ways in which a carbon footprint can be measured?
A carbon footprint can be measured by the amount of household fuel used, for example , electricity usage , natural gas usage ,LPG usage which can be found on bills or the annual travel done and what form of transport was used , for example , car, bus etc.

Why is it necessary for people to attempt to reduce their carbon footprints?
It is necessary for people to attempt to reduce their carbon footprints as overall the world is producing too much CO2 which can add to global warming.
Which country’s citizens have the largest carbon footprints?
The developed Western countries have the largest carbon emissions.

What is the meaning of the term ‘Carbon Neutral’?
Carbon Neutral is a situation when the amount of carbon dioxide produced is offset completely, for example, by trees which are able to absorb the carbon footprint causing no real change.

What are Carbon Offsets?
Carbon Offsets are ways of compensating for the carbon dioxide emissions produced, with an equivalent carbon dioxide saving.

In what specific ways can we measure the size of our individual footprints?
We can determine the size of our individual footprints by using the on-line real-time calculator which takes into account our use of fuels and mode of travel to calculate an individual footprint or just by our use of energy that we use every day to go about lives, for example, electricity usage.
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2. puppy - September 7, 2007

Answers to SOSE questions by Nicole Colley

Question 1. For one of her friends wedding.

Question 2. A carbon foot print is a way of measuring how much carbon dioxide we are releasing into the environment.

Question 3. By taking note what amount of fossil fuels we are burning. ( like when we watch TV or use the phone)

Question 4. So we don’t destroy the environment and allow the environment to improve.

Question 5. Luxembourg in the UK has by far the worst carbon foot print per person.

Question 6. It’s a way of balancing the usage of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.

Question 7. It’s a way of reversing the effects of green house gases on the environment.

Question 8. We can measure the size of our foot prints by seeing how much carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere during every day activities. Eg, watching TV.

Roughly we spend 40 dollars a week on petrol

And have a low energy bill all up.


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