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Carbon Calculator Provides Personalized Feedback

Carbon Calculator Provides Personalized Feedback

Anyone concerned about global warming will want to check out UC Berkeley's new carbon calculator to see how their lifestyle contributes to their personal carbon footprint, and to find ways to reduce their greenhouse gases emissions. Check out the CoolClimate Calculator


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Thomas Rimmer
Thomas Rimmer (Faculty)
9 years ago
This web site is easy to use and informative about the various elements that go into the carbon footprint. Some questions that go into the "footprint" calculation are easy (how many miles do you drive your car per year and what is its gas mileage), but others are harder to answer accurately (what is your average monthly expenditure for fruits and vegetables). One also might wonder how accurate some of the correlations are. For example, the amount spent on water/sewage depends on usage, but also very heavily on the local utility rates. Despite those quibbles, the net result comparing one's carbon footprint to the rest of the US and the world should be illuminating to students interested in global warming and greenhouse gases.
Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes