We often hear about carbon footprint, but what does that really mean? Why the fuss?
Carbon footprint simply refers to …
— the amount of carbon that is released to the atmosphere due to a particular activity.
— Driving a car to the supermarket releases carbon dioxide, probably carbon monoxide, and other polluting fumes from the exhaust pipe to the air.
— Using electricity and gas in the home and in our businesses is a must, but
— Air travel is causing our climate`s atmosphere massive issues with burnt fuel residue! Agree?
— Burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas to produce electricity releases carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, soot and other noxious gases that trap heat in the atmosphere.
— They are called “greenhouse gases”.
— They stop heat from radiating from the earth’s atmosphere into space.
As a result countries worldwide have reported warming temperatures.
2015 was the planet’s warmest year since the 19th century, triggering heat waves, droughts, storms, and hurricanes and flooding worldwide.
— And how is 2016 going?
It is continuing to get warmer! – that’s climate change!
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