MadSci Network: Earth Sciences

Subject: How do you figure a persons carbon foot print?

Date: Wed Dec 16 13:41:08 2009
Posted by John
Grade level: 7-9 School: Littlefield JHS
City: Littlefield State/Province: TX Country: USA
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 1260996068.Es

How is the carbon foot print determined?  Do you use the mass of, say, a fule 
and burn it with oxygen giving CO2 and then determining the mass of CO2 
released?  The news media tends to throw these numbers around quite a lot.  
People take in O2 and reacts with our food and gives off CO2, and energy to 
make us go. How is all this figured?  John 

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