Your carbon footprint is an estimate of the amount of carbon dioxide CO2 produced by your daily activities over the course of a year. In general, is the total amount of greenhouse gases produced by human activities. Climate change, or global warming, is caused by the release of certain types of gas into the atmosphere impacting our planet’s climate. Let’s dive into understanding how the greenhouse gases are produced, and what we can do.
Sources of Greenhouse Gases Emissions
There are natural and human sources of gas emissions. Natural causes include decomposition, ocean-atmosphere exchange, animals respiration, and volcanoes.
Human sources come from activities like fossil fuel use, deforestation, intensive livestock farming, use of synthetic fertilizers and industrial processes. There is one dominant human-made greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide (CO2), which is emitted whenever we drive our cars, consume electricity, and burn fossil fuels.
Another important greenhouse gas includes Methane (CH4), which is emitted mainly by agriculture and landfill sites (where your garbage goes). CH4 is 25 times more potent than CO2.
Even more potent but emitted in smaller quantities are the nitrous oxide (N2O), which is about 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide and released mainly from industrial processes, farming, and refrigerant gases, which are typically several thousand times more potent than CO2.
Here is a tool to calculate your Carbon Footprint and learn more about the things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are 6 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and things you can do to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.
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