Waiting for a universal carbon measurement tool...,

Matthew W. 536°

I only hope the 'powers that be' hurry up and get this sorted out. I really want to be able to start to look at/analyse international data but no-one seems interested... sigh.

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Am I the only one who feels that a universal carbon measurement tool would be kinda pointless? We've already wasted wnough time on helping the environment, do we really need to quibble over numbers? If there's nothing politicians love to do, it's quibble over numbers for years and years and years.

I don't mean to be rude, but I honestly don't get it. What is the deal with putting a number on how much an impact you have on the environment? You have a birth certificate -- that's your proof of guilt.

I consider how fast species and glaciers are dying off to be the universal carbon measurement tool. And right now, we're at two minuts to midnight.

Off to pop more Prozac...

Written in July 2008

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Charles M. 110°

There is no single recipe for carbon measurement because each area has different impacts depending on such things as how your power is generated etc.

For example, if you live in an area with predominantly hydro power then using electricity has a different impact than in a coal generation area.

Rena: yes measurement tools do matter, but they have to be tuned to local conditions. Without some measurement tools people act on gut feeling which is, by its very nature, irrational. That means that peoples actions tend to be unrelated to reality. A measurement tool allows you to **know** that an action has a positive impact and allows people to avoid big greenwashes like Earth Hour which achieve nothing tangible.

There is nothing wrong with using the earth's resources. The earth is capable of repairing and regenerating itself and replenishing those resources... so long as you don't get excessive. The National Geographic had a great article a year or so ago showing how fast the world would reciver without humans.

Written in August 2008

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