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May , 2009
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How difficult is it to achieve climate neutrality?

Source: Various internet sources, Date: May , 2009

We all know thatas a process carbon neutral involves “calculating your total climate-damaging carbon emissions, reducing them where possible, and then balancing your remaining emissions, often by purchasing a carbon offset.”However, carbon neutrality , it seems, has been replaced by “climate neutrality,”a term that takes the environmental initiatives a step forward.

Carbon dioxide is only one of several greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and makes up some 80 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases, but five others—nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulphur hexafluoride and methane—also contribute. Limits on all six gases were called for by the Kyoto Protocol international climate treaty.

Studies say that for individuals, “less than 50 percent are direct emissions (such as driving a car or using a heater).” About 20 percent are caused by the creation, use and disposal of products we use; 25 percent comes from powering workplaces; and 10 percent from maintaining public infrastructure.



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