At UC Berkeley, a tool that measures your carbon impact
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Do you prefer chicken or beef? Do you carpool or drive alone to work? "Our choices lead to emissions of greenhouse gases." says Chris Jones, a resear...
Do you prefer chicken or beef? Do you carpool or drive alone to work? "Our choices lead to emissions of greenhouse gases." says Chris Jones, a researcher with UC Berkeley's Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab. He's co-developed a calculator that measures your carbon footprint and how you stack up against your neighbors, and then offers recommendations on how you can change your behavior to reduce your footprint.
Jul 19, 2011
rather selling electric cars and bending reality to fit their notions. Nor whoever writes the headlines; "Estimates poorly" does not mean "measureskral oyun
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Is that these AGW cranks cant be convinced that Global Warming isn't a problem, even though study after study clearly show it isn't. Go ahead, measure the carbon impact. Its not a problem, its just completely pointless.
If you cannot measure it, then you cannot improve upon it. Good to see more and more of these applications coming out, improving on existing applications and continually increasing the amount of information that concerned folks can have access to. To all of the folks choose not to be pursuaded by facts and common sense....it is okay, there are many concerned & intelligent people that are working hard to ensure future generations have access to resources and a sustainable way of life. Thanks for reporting on this, good article.
The baby boomers are the first generation in US history to leave their grandkids a lower standard of living than they got from their grandparents.
I think all us proud Global Warming Deniers should get the Tree Huggers and the Carbon Dioxide Nazis to go after each other and leave us sane citizens alone.
I have a modest lawn that does not get fertilized and hundreds of trees on my property. How does that impact my carbon footprint? The trees should count as my own private carbon offset.
Supply side economics is gutting the middle class in this country. Trickle down economics produces a nation of pee-on's. Free trade is changing us from a country that makes things to a country that manipulates money, that glorifies wealth instead of knowledge and labor. We glorify the individual to the detriment of the commons. Instead of looking forward and proactively trying to solve problems we try to live in the past. While it will take some time to wind down I think the US's day may be over.
You won't be able to hide from global warming in the long run. Your grandchildren may curse your name for your short sightedness.
That's a good question and something that should be accounted for. Like most technologies, they will be continued to be refined and improved.
Your trees definitely affect your 'footprint' but these geeks who use metric tons but say 'tons' are not concerned with accuracy, but rather selling electric cars and bending reality to fit their notions. Nor whoever writes the headlines; "Estimates poorly" does not mean "measures". I wonder if that person evens reads the story.
@MagnetBoy - I would not say such things if I were you! We are actually a non-profit research group at UC Berkeley consisting of people who actually believe in living and encouraging low-carbon lifestyles. And we prefer to be called carbon fairies if you really must use nicknames (although to be honest, I don't think we're quite on that level with each other yet). @HatesIdiots - We probably would say you can count the trees as a carbon offset for about 1 metric ton of CO2 per year (2205 lbs), but only for the ones you plant yourself. However, any water and irrigation used on your property would increase your carbon footprint slightly due to the energy required to filter & pump water for residential use. We still haven't added that one into our list of action on our carbon footprint calculator (coolclimate.berkeley.edu/carboncalculator) but the other actions there might give you a good frame of reference. If you're still curious about our research feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com. Sincerely, Mia Yamauchi Outreach & Partnership Coordinator Official Disliker of Anonymous Rudeness on the Internet UC Berkeley Renewable & Appropriate Energy Laboratory