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Calculate Your Carbon Footprint, Reduce Your Impact on Climate Change

Calculate Your Carbon Footprint, Reduce Your Impact on Climate Change

Worried about how you might be contributing to global warming in the face of the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has an online calculator that you can use to estimate your household's annual emissions and find ways to cut them.

The IPCC's recent report presents further evidence that humans are causing climate change and that some impacts are accelerating faster than expected. Since the Industrial Era, humans have had an increasing effect on climate, in large part by adding billions of tons of heat-trapping greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, the EPA says.

Credit: Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences

The calculator takes about 15 minutes to enter all the data. To get the most accurate results, the EPA recommends gathering your recent electric, gas and/or oil bills in advance so you can use real numbers rather than estimates. The calculator will give advice on reducing emissions. 

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