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Calculting Internet GHG
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I'm trying to figure out how much greenhouse gas emissions would be produced from one person communicating with another in another country for a period of two weeks.

I found this, https://climatecare.org/infographic-the-...-internet/ - but, it leaves me without an answer.
   
Pia
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(08-13-2017, 12:08 PM)piajensen Wrote: I'm trying to figure out how much greenhouse gas emissions would be produced from one person communicating with another in another country for a period of two weeks.

CO2 is only one greenhouse gas and of the least concern.  Methane, Xenon, and Krypton are more potent greenhouse gases.  Modern communications has a smaller carbon footprint than say the Pony Express method of communication.  I saw Al Gore on a Bill Maher show worrying about the CO2 we generate, global warming, and promoting his carbon tax scheme before flying off to lecture somewhere else.  Obviously, he's not really that concerned about his carbon footprint.  I must have wasted about a hundred grams just watching him.  Planting more trees and better forest management would help solve excess CO2 problems.  How much of the carbon dioxide now contains a radioactive carbon-14 element caused by nuclear activities?  Should I factor in how much atomic bomb testing and NPP releases have added to rising CO2 emissions?  We also have to dig deeper for oil and gas so we now use a more radioactive product.  Smog has become a radioactive hazard.  By focusing attention and blame solely on CO2 we're glossing over all the other factors forcing climate change like volcanic emissions or solar activity. The elites would have us pay more for the resources they control and not to worry about things they don't control and can't charge us for.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
 
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#3
I agree with your comments. But, the MIT Climate CoLab contest is designed around the one assumption that CO2 is the common denominator. So, it is what it is. I just wish the carbon footprint calculators had a formula where you could input what your energy source is, where the activity is conducted & by how many people, how much time is spent using the computer for internet use, type of internet activity, etc. so I could show the difference between training trainers over the net versus flying people around the world.
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#4
So the question came from the MIT Climate CoLab contest you posted about the other day

http://caferadlab.com/thread-2075-post-4...ml#pid4196

I tried the link, it wanted an email to continue and I didn't get that far. Looking again I found the contest page you mentioned.

https://climatecolab.org/contests

Sorry I'm a little slow at catching on. Carbon footprint calculators are needing some improvement. Never did understand how they could figure all the factors contributing to carbon usage. Mine the metal, transportation, design and build the tools and machines, use the products and services, then reduce it all to a gram amount of carbon. I don't think I'm smart enough. Good Luck with your project.
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You're right that link doesn't go straight to my entry... it's a promotional thing. The entry is at https://climatecolab.org/contests/2017/a...al/1334004 and thank you for the good wishes.

Thinking people like Amory Lovins / Rocky Mountain Institute are the kind who figure out all the data points and then techies and data entry folks create the online formulas. Lots of work involved.
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