carbon footprint

noun
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

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

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1999

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carbon footprint

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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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