What are carbon emissions?

Carbon dioxide emissions come from burning fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas. Carbon dioxide is thought to be the largest man made contributor to greenhouse gasses.  Greenhouse gasses are thought by some scientists to contribute to the “greenhouse effect,” which refers to the slow, persistent warming of the planet.   Such warming has the potential to negatively affect the earth’s atmosphere. Large amounts of carbon dioxide are emitted into the atmosphere because of our reliance on modern day conveniences and daily life activities such as: driving, air travel, electricity production and consumption, and the purchase of heavily packaged food products2. The amount of carbon emissions we create is also sometimes referred to as our “carbon footprint”.

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