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The Concept of Carbon Footprint/s The CO2, like methane, water vapor, ozone and nitrous oxide, is a greenhouse

gas. To get an estimate of the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere, humans use the term "carbon footprint." so we can define the carbon footprint as the measurement of the volume of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere because of chemical activities and living beings. Indeed, the emission carbonic main cause is the man, and this results to disastrous consequences on a global scale. But individuals and businesses come together to reduce it. All human beings have an ecological footprint (this includes the total resources used by an individual). If we want to determine our footprint, we should ask ourselves questions related to our lifestyle, and answer them; because it is the choices we make in life that affect our environment. The carbon footprint is measured in tonnes and its amplitude depends on the country we live in. Based on the fact that I live in small house, produce a small amount of domestic waste and I take. In a country like the United States for example, where energy is overused (through cars, machines...), the footprint does not cease to increase. The United States Department of Energy estimates the total emission of energy as the offside emission and the onsite emission of gaz. And according to their estimations, fuel energy consumption and losses, as well as greenhouse gas emissions from fuel consumption, for fifteen individual U.S. manufacturing sectors rep resent 94% of all manufacturing energy use. That said, among all the countries in the world, the United States are ranked second after china for a consumption of 5,424,53. Unlike the United States where the footprint is really elevated, in some countries like Kenya, Mexico, or Sweden, the carbon footprint is relatively low. The carbon footprints for these countries are respectively estimated to 11.50, 443.61 and 50.56 millions of tonnes of CO2 in 2009, compared...

o make a positive impact on the world you must first start doing your part as far as increasing the competence of our energy use, reducing our energy use, and changing a few habits; like eating less meat, eating more local food, and recycling are some of the quickest, easiest ways to reduce on the size of an individual carbon footprints. You may ask what carbon footprint is? A carbon footprint is the total amount of carbon dioxide and other green house gases emitted over the full life cycle of a product or service. There are two ways to calculate the carbon footprint using a Life Cycle Assessment method, or it can be restricted to the immediately attributable emissions from energy use of fossil fuels . An example would to use your car the first method would take into account all carbon emissions required to build the car which includes all the metal, plastic, glass and other materials, drive the car and dispose of the car; the second would report only for the fossil fuels that resulted from building, driving and disposing of it. Everything has a carbon footprint and can be measured a couple different ways, but it's not just a matter of carbon dioxide, though that is the most common of greenhouse gases other than water vapor. Most carbon footprint calculations include all applicable gases, as they all throw in to the greenhouse effect and our determinedly warming globe. Though a fairly difficult calculation, with many variables that are different for each person, carbon footprint calculations generally include energy used to power our homes and transport. I calculated my own carbon footprint by using the carbon footprint calculator and my numbers were below average for national and world averages. My numbers were measured into two categories; Buying and waste total and Total greenhouse gas emission. The total of buying and waste was 1.2 tons of CO2 eq/year; apparently that was 0% below average...

Every year the seasons seem to be a little off, never at average for that time of the year. Always a bit above or below annual temperatures. Most people say global warming is the problem but most people dont realize that their everyday actions greatly contribute to the international problem. Every person on our planet plays a role in impacting our homes environment, for better or for worse. Its called a carbon footprint. In the recent years, the topic of turning your footprint green

has arisen. Our carbon footprint is calculated based on the amount of green house gases produced by our actions, it is measured in units of CO2. A persons affect on the problem depends on what type of footprint they have. Primary footprints, the direct amounts of carbon dioxide emissions which are given off due to burning of fossil fuels including domestic energy consumption and transportation, have a larger opportunity on the topic. Secondary footprints, the indirect CO2 emissions from the entire lifecycle of products we use (their manufacture and eventual breakdown), have a smaller opportunity to help the problem. As an 8th grade student I have a secondary footprint. Why? Well I dont have the power to choose which car my family drives, whether its a hybrid or a fuel hog, but I can choose whether I walk places or ask my mom to drive me there. I might be tired of walk but Ill be helping my environment and would get some exercise. I cant tell my school to use solar energy but I can ask the teacher to turn the lights off in class. It might be a little harder to work in class but I would be conserving electricity and on sunny days the lighting wouldnt be a problem. If I had had a primary footprint I would have drove a hybrid car or installed solar panels in my school. There are many pros and cons of picking the green choice, but in most cases the reward is greater than the refinement. If youre still wondering why its so important to turn our footprints green, Ill tell...