carbon footprint


Definition of carbon footprint

: the amount of greenhouse gases and specifically carbon dioxide emitted by something (such as a person's activities or a product's manufacture and transport) during a given period

Examples of carbon footprint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Per year, Bitcoin’s Carbon Footprint is comparable to the carbon footprint of the Czech Republic. Robert Samuels | For Iron Monk Solutions, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Apr. 2022 Artists explore emerging technologies to address their potentials and problems, with recent attention turning to the carbon footprint of our electronic expansion, as well as what might be done about it. Charlotte Kent, Wired, 17 Feb. 2022 And Bitcoin’s associated carbon emissions have been estimated at roughly 100 megatons per year, which is comparable to the carbon footprint of the Czech Republic. New York Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Furniture, fixtures and equipment also contribute to the overall carbon footprint. oregonlive, 16 Nov. 2021 The environmental cost of travel, a major contributor to the United States’ massive carbon footprint, is a concern, too. Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2021 But laminate and engineered wood floors can’t be refinished over and over again like solid wood, and cork — made from the bark of a cork oak tree — is usually imported from Europe, adding to its carbon footprint., 13 June 2021 Nearly 30% of municipal solid waste is packaging and containers, contributing to a massive carbon footprint. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 7 Apr. 2021 For the second-largest contributor to the US carbon footprint — the power sector — the plan proposes establishing a Clean Electricity Standard. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of carbon footprint

1999, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2022

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“Carbon footprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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: the amount of greenhouse gases and especially carbon dioxide given off by something (as a person's activities) during a given period


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