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Dear Earth Talk: How can I measure—and then improve—my overall “carbon footprint?” What are the major areas of one’s daily life that one measures?– Andy Fusco, Passaic, NJWith global warming dominating so many headlines today, it’s no surprise that many of us are looking to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases our activities produce.

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Luckily for those of us who want to see how we measure up, there are a number of free online carbon footprint calculators to help figure out just where to start changing.

Learn How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint A great carbon footprint calculator is available at Earth, an online “climate crisis community” that has partnered with Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection and other high-profile groups, companies and celebrities to spread the word that individual actions can make a difference in the fight against global warming.

Users just take a three-minute survey and get back a carbon footprint score, which they can save and update as they work to reduce their impact.

The site provides some 150 lifestyle change suggestions that will cut carbon emissions—from hanging your clothes to dry to sending postcards instead of letters to taking the bike instead of the car to work a few days a week.“Our calculator is an important first step in educating people about where they are, then raising their awareness about what they can do to make easy, simple changes that will lower their score and positively impact the planet,” says Anna Rising, Earth Lab’s executive director.

“Our goal isn’t about convincing you to buy a hybrid or retrofit your house with solar panels; our goal is to introduce you to easy, simple ways that you as an individual can reduce your carbon footprint.”Compare Online Carbon Footprint Calculators Other websites, green groups and corporations, including Carbon, Carbon, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and British Oil Giant BP, among others, also offer carbon calculators on their websites.

And Carbon even allows you to assess your carbon footprint—and then offers you the ability to offset such emissions by investing in clean energy initiatives. Send it to: Earth Talk, c/o E/The Environmental Magazine, P. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; submit it at: or e-mail: [email protected]

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Environmental issues impact your daily life, and Love To Know Green Living is here to help you combat the challenges when it comes to saving energy and keeping your carbon footprint in check.

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