Living with climate change: You can make a difference


Mint/plainpicture By Bob Holmes “RIGHT now, your individual behaviour does matter,” says Chris Jones. “Anyone can go carbon-neutral today. Better yet, you’ll probably end up with more money in your pocket when you’re done.” Jones’s group, the CoolClimate Network at the University of California, Berkeley, provides an online carbon footprint calculator. It estimates greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, housing, food, goods and services for any household in the US. Other groups provide similar calculators for many other countries. Despite individual and local differences, some broad generalities emerge. “Globally, the three main contributors to greenhouse gas footprints are cars, coal and cows,” says Jones. And those three things are where individual choices can make the biggest difference. For most households, especially in the US, transportation claims the biggest share of carbon emissions, about 30 per cent of the total. Most of this is from fuel, so buying a more fuel-efficient car can shrink your carbon footprint dramatically, especially if you currently drive a gas-guzzler. The other big carbon source, especially for the affluent, is air travel. “One flight will probably blow your carbon budget out of the water,” says Stephen Cornelius, chief advisor for climate change at WWF-UK. Reducing air travel, by replacing business trips with teleconferencing for instance, can make a big difference. If you must fly,
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