Construction Waste and Landfill

By |2021-05-25T20:49:35+00:00March 24, 2011|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

The construction industry, which is responsible for building new homes, offices, roads and infrastructure in the UK, is a major source of waste that ends up in landfill sites. It produces something in the order of 100 million tons of construction waste annually, some from the demolition of old buildings [...]

What’s the Impact of a Volcano on the Atmosphere?

By |2021-05-25T20:49:35+00:00March 23, 2011|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

People and governments in many countries of the world are increasingly concerned about global warming and climate change. Human activity has released a lot of carbon dioxide and other pollutants that act as greenhouse gases during the last 250 years, since the Industrial Revolution. While we are trying now to [...]

The Trouble With Carbon Offsets

By |2021-05-25T20:49:36+00:00September 27, 2010|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

Carbon offsetting has really taken off in the last decade as a way for companies in industrialised countries to become carbon neutral, even though they are producing plenty of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The principle of carbon offsets is that a company calculates its level of carbon emissions, [...]

What is the Carbon Reduction Commitment?

By |2021-05-25T20:49:36+00:00September 24, 2010|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

Carbon offsetting has really taken off in the last decade as a way for companies in industrialised countries to become carbon neutral, even though they are producing plenty of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The principle of carbon offsets is that a company calculates its level of carbon emissions, [...]

International Carbon Emissions: Some Facts and Figures

By |2021-05-25T20:49:36+00:00September 24, 2010|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

When you think about carbon emissions it is possible to think very small in terms of what every individual contributes on each day. At the other end of the spectrum figures are available to show the amount of carbon dioxide that is produced globally each year by different countries and [...]

Global Warming: Myth or Reality?

By |2021-05-25T20:49:36+00:00September 24, 2010|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

Although governments around the world have signed up to international treaties to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions produced to prevent an escalation in global warming, there are people, some of them scientists, who dismiss this environmental threat as pure myth. There are several lines of evidence that are [...]

What is the Carbon Disclosure Project?

By |2021-05-25T20:49:38+00:00March 17, 2010|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is a UK-based initiative that is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. It was launched at 10 Downing Street back in 2000 with the intention of compiling, recording and making use of information on climate change. It is obvious that climate change is not something [...]

Using Bacteria to Produce Alternative Fuels

By |2021-05-25T20:49:39+00:00April 21, 2009|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

Although fossil fuels have many disadvantages and are steadily running out, the power stations that they currently power do have a serious advantage over many types of alternative fuel powered systems. Fossil fuels provide consistent and reliable power. Wind power only supplies electricity when there is plenty of wind; solar [...]

Which City Will Be Fossil Fuel Free First?

By |2021-05-25T20:49:39+00:00April 20, 2009|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

There are many projects ongoing throughout the world to reduce carbon emissions and therefore slow down global warming and climate change by switching from fossil fuels to sources of renewable energy. But perhaps one of the most ambitious is the plan by the Danish city of Frederkshavn, a port in [...]

Is Paper Recycling Good for the Environment?

By |2021-05-25T20:49:40+00:00March 13, 2009|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

The issue of whether it is better to reuse paper more than once or to just incinerate waste paper has been hotly debated. One thing is very clear; in general we use far too much paper and most of it is not put to very good use. Reducing the amount [...]

The Problem Of Defining Carbon Neutral

By |2021-05-25T20:49:40+00:00March 12, 2009|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

The concept of being carbon neutral is relatively simple. To be carbon neutral, an individual or a household or a company must not release into the environment more carbon than they lock up. At its simplest, this means not using any carbon at all. In the distant past, a farmer [...]

When Will Fossil Fuels Run Out?

By |2021-05-25T20:49:40+00:00March 12, 2009|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

The three fossil fuels, oil, natural gas and coal, were formed millions of years ago when dead plants and animals were trapped under deposits and became buried underneath land. Compression over time fossilised the remains, creating carbon-rich fuel sources. All fossil fuels are finite - the deposits that exist cannot [...]

Is Global Warming is Mythical?

By |2021-05-25T20:49:40+00:00March 11, 2009|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

Very many of the world’s scientists have publicly stated that they believe that the atmosphere of the Earth is undergoing a phase of warming that is directly due to human activity. Since the industrial revolution, and particularly in the last 60 years or so, humans have been using fossil fuel [...]

Wind Turbines Can Lower Your Carbon Footprint

By |2021-05-25T20:49:46+00:00January 23, 2008|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

More and more, people are looking to using the wind to generate power. Wind farms are sprouting up everywhere, both on the land and offshore, and individuals are installing them on their land, and even on their houses – Conservative leader David Cameron has one. They work well alongside solar [...]

What a Carbon Footprint Means

By |2021-05-25T20:49:48+00:00September 26, 2007|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

You’ve almost certainly heard the term “carbon footprint” – in fact it’s been impossible to ignore it over the last few years. We all have one, as individuals, businesses, homes, and countries. In essence, it’s the amount of carbon we – or our houses, business, cars, and so on – [...]

Measure Your Carbon Footprint

By |2021-05-25T20:49:48+00:00September 26, 2007|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

You don’t have to measure your carbon footprint in order to start reducing it but go on, admit it – you’re curious, aren’t you? You want to know just how much (or hopefully how little) an impact you’re having on the planet. It’s a case where smaller really is more [...]

About Global Warming

By |2021-05-25T20:49:48+00:00September 26, 2007|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

By now, although a few might argue to the contrary, we generally accept that global warming, otherwise known as climate change, is one of the biggest problem – if not the biggest problem – facing humanity today. Politicians and scientists talk about it, and there have been a number of [...]

How Carbon Emissions Affect You

By |2021-05-25T20:49:48+00:00September 26, 2007|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

Global warming, climate change, greenhouse gases…we read about them all the time. By now we know that it’s one of our biggest problems. But all too often it seems like the province of governments, discussing possible agreements to lower carbon emissions, or talking about ideas like carbon trading. That’s all [...]

Carbon Offsetting

By |2021-05-25T20:49:48+00:00September 26, 2007|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

There are many different government plans from around the world that might cut carbon. But there are also plans for individuals to help compensate for the carbon they’ve pumped into the atmosphere which is where carbon offsetting comes in. It started to become popular a few years ago, when people [...]

Is Carbon Neutral Possible?

By |2021-05-25T20:49:48+00:00September 26, 2007|Carbon Count - The Big Picture|

Carbon Neutrality – the state where we’re not pushing out any carbon dioxide into the atmosphere or at least offsetting what we do pump – is an ideal. It would mean we’re not adding to climate change. It’s something you hear about often, as one company or another puts out [...]

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