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CARBON FOOTPRINTS

Posted on: October 22, 2020

CLIMATE CHANGE

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THIS POST IS A GRAPHICAL PRESENTATION OF CARBON FOOTPRINTS FOR SELECTED COUNTRIES IN METRIC TONS OF CO2 PER CAPITA

DATA PROVIDED BY THE WORLD BANK.

World Bank - Wikipedia

NEW ZEALAND: 7.8 TONS/PER CAPITA

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CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC: 0.1 TONS PER CAPITA

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IRELAND: 8.1 TONS PER CAPITA

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO 0.1 TONS PER CAPITA

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NORWAY 8.8 TONS PER CAPITA

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SUDAN 0.4 TONS PER CAPITA

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GERMANY 9.6 TONS PER CAPITA

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BANGLADESH: 0.5 TONS PER CAPITA

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: 16.3 TONS PER CAPITA

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CAMBODIA: 0.6 TONS PER CAPITA

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CLIMATE CHANGE

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11 Responses to "CARBON FOOTPRINTS"

Carbon is not carbon dioxide and carbon dioxide is colorless not pollution therefore it leaves no footprint. Conflating carbon dioxide with pollution is a big lie that is pushed with the carbon footprint meme because people think carbon is black and dirty ignoring that CO2 is the air they exhale with every breath and cannot possibly be black or dirty.
From Merriam-Webster:

Carbon dioxide. A heavy colorless gas CO2 that does not support combustion, dissolves in water to form carbonic acid, is formed especially in animal respiration and in the decay or combustion of animal and vegetable matter, is absorbed from the air by plants in photosynthesis, and is used in the carbonation of beverages.

Carbon. A nonmetallic chiefly tetravalent element found native (as in diamond and graphite) or as a constituent of coal, petroleum, and asphalt, of limestone and other carbonates, and of organic compounds or obtained artificially in varying degrees of purity especially as carbon black, lampblack, activated carbon, charcoal, and coke.

False science promoting your NON-EXISTENT carbon footprint teaching children that the air you exhale is pollution is a terrible fake idea..

Yes sir. Well said. Thank you.

Here is a reference about your fake carbon footprint -Caring about sound science: Carbon is not carbon dioxide

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October 25, 2018

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From Merriam-Webster:

Carbon dioxide. A heavy colorless gas CO2 that does not support combustion, dissolves in water to form carbonic acid, is formed especially in animal respiration and in the decay or combustion of animal and vegetable matter, is absorbed from the air by plants in photosynthesis, and is used in the carbonation of beverages.

Carbon. A nonmetallic chiefly tetravalent element found native (as in diamond and graphite) or as a constituent of coal, petroleum, and asphalt, of limestone and other carbonates, and of organic compounds or obtained artificially in varying degrees of purity especially as carbon black, lampblack, activated carbon, charcoal, and coke.

It should be pretty clear carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon aren’t the same things. CO2 is a colorless and odorless gas emitted when all animals exhale, and it’s given off when formerly living things — plants and animals — decay. Not mentioned by Merriam-Webster is that it’s also generated when these formerly living things, even after millions of years — as with the case of coal and oil — are burned. Also not mentioned by the online dictionary is the fact carbon dioxide, in addition to its role in photosynthesis, is what is called a “greenhouse gas.” That is, in conjunction with other gases, water vapor being the most dominant, acts as a blanket that keeps heat from escaping the atmosphere and prevents the planet from freezing over. Carbon dioxide is essential for sustaining life.

Carbon, on the other hand, is a solid. It’s present in all living things and things that were once living. As noted, when these once-living things that contain carbon are burned, the carbon combines with oxygen to form carbon dioxide and is emitted into the atmosphere along with the CO2 that we exhale or that comes from decaying plant life. So, while it is one of the elements that goes into forming carbon dioxide, it’s no more the same as carbon dioxide than hydrogen or oxygen is the same as water. Water being two parts hydrogen (H2) and one part oxygen (O).

So, why, in nearly all discussions of global warming, is the word “carbon” freely substituted for “carbon dioxide?”

“Carbon emissions,” “carbon taxes,” “carbon footprint,” and “cost of carbon” all use the word carbon, when actually what’s being referred to is carbon dioxide. Carbon can’t logically be a substitute expression for carbon dioxide any more than hydrogen or oxygen can be a substitute expression for water. In the latter case, everyone would realize such a substitution would be silly and just bad science.

And yet, when it comes to talking about carbon dioxide and carbon, the switch in terminology is made seamlessly and really without notice. In fact, it’s so common to refer to CO2 as carbon that it is done regularly by people on all sides of the global warming debate and even by government agencies, as with the expression “cost of carbon” used to describe the EPA’s estimate of how much emissions of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are estimated to cost society.

My speculation is the transformation of the legitimate and accurate “carbon dioxide” into the false and inaccurate “carbon” has been part of an effort, in this case, a quite successful one, to obfuscate what is really talked about. It is a tool of propaganda. Note that this has also been done with the substitution of “climate change” for “global warming,” despite the fact what’s referenced is the warming of the planet, not any general change in climate that occurs all the time.

The word carbon conjures up images, captured in Merriam-Webster’s definition, completely unrelated to carbon dioxide. In most people’s minds, carbon is associated with everything that is black and dirty — coal, charcoal, asphalt, carbon black, etc. Of course, none of these describe CO2, which is a colorless and odorless gas. If one wants the vision of black soot being emitted from power plant smokestacks and automobile tailpipes, then CO2 emissions will just not work. But, of course, that’s exactly what carbon emissions would look like. And it would hardly make sense to talk about colorless, odorless, and harmless CO2 emissions as contributing to “dirty air,” which is done regularly. But carbon? Now that’s something quite different. It’s black, it’s “sooty,” and if it were being emitted into the air as a result of heating our homes or driving our cars, it would make the air “dirty” by any standard.

In discussions of global warming, we need to take back the language for sound science. Intentionally or not, it’s deceptive and misleading to refer to carbon dioxide as carbon. As noted, this is not just because they are, in fact, not the same thing but because they bring to mind two very different notions. The use of the word carbon allows special interest groups to transform the simple science into a tool of propaganda. Honest protagonists on either side of the global warming debate, particularly those who actually care about scientific accuracy, should make a concerted effort to reject substituting the word carbon for carbon dioxide. They should not only stop making the switch themselves but begin calling out others who continue the charade.

Roy Cordato is senior economist and resident scholar at the John Locke Foundation.

Ref. Caring about sound science: Carbon is not carbon dioxide – Carolina Journal

The fallacy of seeing CO2 as pollution is championed today by leaders who use this blatant falsehood to justify carbon taxes.

Trudeau defends ‘price on pollution’ in anti-carbon-tax heartland

The prime minister acknowledged it’s a concern “many people have” but argued the policy is necessary because major carbon polluters in this country face no consequences.

Thank you for your valuable input. The carbon footprint of climate science is a reference to carbon dioxide emissions but denominated in tons of carbon equivalent, that is tons of co2 times 12 divided by 44.

But using the conversion INTO TONS OF CARBON EQUIVALENT makes no sense as there is no conversion in the atmosphere of CO2 into Carbon. CO2 remains a colorless wonderful gas 50% more dense than air and falls to the ground as a gas not carbon. Therefore the conversion is a deceit and becomes sadly a propaganda tool to mislead the public into thinking by reducing their CO2 emissions [exhaling at 35,000 ppm every breath is the largest personal emission] will reduce pollution. FALSE FALSE FALSE.

Co2 is not converted to carbon but its weight is expressed in terms of the amount of carbon involved. This more tradition than science but its basis is the idea that what humans dug up out of the ground was the carbon part very old csrnon that is not in the current account of the carbon cycle but when it was oxidized the oxygen came from the atmosphere and not from under the ground.

Thank you Mr Matkin. My apologies. These carbon footprints are in units of metric tonnes of CO2 per capita.

Ironically, those that are most concerned about carbon footprints have no problem welcoming millions of immigrants from third world countries to the developed nations even though such a move initially increases an immigrant’s carbon footprint by a factor of 3 and certainly more in the long term.

An interesting observation but the way third world immigrants’ lives improve when they migrate to the west would make it cruel to deny them that opportunity. Also there are a lot of jobs that go begging in the west which they can fill with migrants. I know because I was once one of those migrants. Now retired and back in Asia.

Your positions are consistent. Those who tell us our carbon footprint is a problem yet want open borders are inconsistent. While Emerson said consistency is “the hobgoblin of little minds”, it does have the advantage of indicating intellectual integrity.

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