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To keep global warming under 2°, we have to keep CO2 under 2 tons (tonnes) per person per year worldwide. If you use more CO2 now, you need to use less later. We have global warming because the world now averages 6 tons of CO2 per person per year (US 22, China 4, India 1).
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Producing Each Line below Releases 1 Ton or Tonne of CO2

90 lb of red meat (cows' methane & growing grain), 41 kg
300 lb of chicken, fish or eggs, 155 kg
700 lb of cereal or carbohydrate, 300 kg
1,200 lb of fruit or vegetables, 550 kg

1,000 lb of paper or plastic, 400 kg
26 square feet of living & working space (building it),  2.4 sq.m
1 year of electricity (at 100 watts) from grid
100 square feet of solar collectors (300 watts on sunny days), 10 sq.m
20,000 gallons of hot water,  70,000 liters
700,000 disposable plastic bags, recycled

1,600 miles in a 28 mpg car, 2,600 km at 12 kpl (8l/100km)
1,600 passenger miles in a plane, 2,600 km
2,000 miles in a 40 mpg car, 3,200 km at 17 kpl (6l/100km)
3,000 passenger miles in a local bus, 4,600 km
3,000 miles walking (producing food; shoes, sidewalks), 4,700 km
5,000 passenger miles in a train, 8,500 km
8,000 miles bicycling (pedal or electric), 13,000 km
12,000 passenger miles in a long distance bus, 19,000 km
(These include making vehicle, road, rails, airports, etc.)

$1,700 spent in USA, overall average
$1,500 spent on construction in USA
$2,000 spent on hotels or restaurants in USA
$3,000 spent on education, health, telephone, internet in USA
$7,000 spent on computers in USA

Just a little meat, driving, flying, buying or construction creates a ton of CO2. Keep your eye on these; they are far more important than hot water, disposable plastic bags, or unplugging equipment.
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CO2 to Produce Items (Metric)
 
22 kilos CO2 per kilo of red meat
5.9 kilos CO2 per kilo of chicken, fish or eggs
2.9 kilos CO2 per kilo of cereal or carbohydrate
1.7 kilos CO2 per kilo of fruit or vegetables
 
381 kilos CO2 per square meter, to build houses
225 kilos CO2 per square meter, to make solar cells
3.2 kilos CO2 per liter of heating oil
2.4 kilos CO2 per cubic meter of natural gas
0.8 kilos CO2 per kwh of electricity
0.5 kilos CO2 per dollar spent in the USA, average
 
0.47 kilos CO2 per passenger-km on flights of 800 or 13,400 km
0.35 kilos CO2 per passenger-km on flight of 1,300 km
0.37 kilos CO2 per passenger-km on cruise
0.34 kilos CO2 per kilometer in a 12 kpl (8l/100km) car
0.28 kilos CO2 per kilometer in a 17 kpl (6l/100km) car
0.11 kilos CO2 per passenger-km in a train
0.13 kilos CO2 per kilometer bicycling on bike lane
0.05 kilos CO2 per kilometer bicycling without bike lane
0.20 kilos CO2 per passenger-km in local bus
0.05 kilos CO2 per passenger-km in long distance bus
(These include making vehicle, road, rails, airports, etc.)


CO2 to Produce Items (Pound / Mile)
 
22 lb CO2 per lb of red meat
5.9 lb CO2 per lb of chicken, fish or eggs
2.9 lb CO2 per lb of cereal or carbohydrate
1.7 lb CO2 per lb of fruit or vegetables
 
78 lb CO2 per square foot, to build houses
46 lb CO2 per square foot, to make solar cells
27.0 lb CO2 per US gallon of heating oil
15.0 lb CO2 per therm or 100 cubic feet of natural gas
1.7 lb CO2 per kwh of electricity
1.2 lb CO2 per dollar spent in the USA, average
 
1.67 lb CO2 per passenger mile on flights of 500 or 8,300 miles
1.23 lb CO2 per passenger mile on flight of 2,500 miles
1.30 lb CO2 per passenger mile on cruise
1.20 lb CO2 per mile in a 28 mpg (US) car
1.00 lb CO2 per mile in a 40 mpg (US) car
0.38 lb CO2 per passenger mile in a train
0.45 lb CO2 per mile bicycling on bike lane
0.19 lb CO2 per mile bicycling without bike lane
0.71 lb CO2 per passenger mile in a local bus
0.17 lb CO2 per passenger mile in a long distance bus
(These include making vehicle, road, rails, airports, etc.)


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The Full List: How much CO2 is released in order to make each product we use daily?
Food, paper, plastic, mail, services, cars, building materials.
Fuels: coal, ethanol, gas, hydro, nuclear, solar, wind, etc.

Solutions?  Goals?
How much Carbon Dioxide can the world handle?

What is the best speed to drive a car? 
Cars drive most efficiently at 46-53 miles per hour (75-85 kph), in order to do well on ratings from EPA in the US.

How much CO2 does YOUR lifestyle produce?
CO2 footprint calculators (Any country, metric and pound/mile)

Learn about CO2 offsets   or   fees, caps, auctions   or  cooling the earth

How did we calculate the numbers?
Spreadsheet shows every step in our calculations, every source, and summaries for every country.

How do we know CO2 warms the earth?      More detail

Use an easy climate model
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