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Carbon Offsetting
By Jason Heller, July 3, 2007 @ 02:00 AM (EST)

With the spotlight finally shifting to environmental issues and global warming, America has finally woken up and realized what we are doing to the planet. Unfortunately, studies show that Americans are far less willing to make the drastic changes necessary to help the problem. It was only recently that the American consensus shifted to even acknowledge that humans have caused this possibly irreversible dilemma.

Now we all have to do something about it.

Scientists warn that we must reduce our carbon emissions by approximately 70% within the next 30 – 5o years to hopefully prevent Earth’s long term inhabitability.

There’s an influx of green-oriented websites launching these days to help raise awareness of the problem and to brainstorm solutions. I recently discovered a couple of interesting sites that help calculate how much each of us is contributing to the global problem. 

www.co2.org is a UK based site with a carbon calculator that helps calculate how many tonnes of carbon are emitted for specific home activities, flights and car rides. You can make a contribution that is applied to carbon offsetting projects they are working on. These projects fall into 3 categories – Renewable energy, energy efficiency, and forest restoration.

StopGlobalWarming.org, a US based site, also has a carbon calculator located at www.stopglobalwarming.org/carboncalculator.asp . This simple tool can help you manage your life to achieve the least carbon impact on the world around you.

The time for action in now. If we all do our part, we can make a difference.



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