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I have heard that disposables use less energy than reusables if you also use hot water and they dryer. But it seems that many experts disagree. Most of the energy that goes into reusable diapers is in heating the water and the dryer. So, the colder the water you're using and less often you dry them the better off you are. Using rain water and/or solar ...


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Carbon offsets aren't a perfect solution by any means, but provided the activity being funded by the offset is genuine and sensible for the long term, carbon offsets could certainly be considered to be a good solution. For example, if you help fund technology that reduces fossil fuel use that wouldn't otherwise have been able to be funded, then you could ...


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KubaFYI, in light of the update you made to your question, I am submitting a second answer for your consideration. The title of the question is "How can I make my family understand my CO2-emissions-related hesitation to fly in order to spend time with them?" In the update you say that "This question was meant to be ... more about how to negotiate a ...


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Before responding to your questions in turn, I'd like to propose that I think this issue behaves somewhat like the (justifiably) maligned Laffer curve. In other words, I think it's clear that with no education, humans would still be stuck in primitive societies, which were sustainable, and involved small per capita resource usage. As education increases, ...


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"1.3 tonnes of CO2" is a figure that someone came up with by averaging the fuel per passenger trip and then converting it to emissions. It's not a number you actually need to worry about. Think about it this way: A flight from A -> B will depart at the scheduled time regardless of how many passengers are on board. Virtually the same amount of fuel will ...


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I recently returned to NZ after visiting family in the UK for Christmas. This is a round trip of some 40,000km. My solution is to pay for some 60 trees to be planted, here in NZ. This is not a perfect solution, I know, but it salves my conscience somewhat and is definitely better than doing nothing. IMO, Tim’s answer above is accounting sophistry that is ...


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How can I make my family understand my CO2-emissions-related hesitation to fly in order to spend time with them? You want to keep your carbon footprint as low as possible, I get that. But, I feel I need to frame-challenge this question: Right now, the message you are sending your family, is that your high morals (righteous and laudable as they may be!), ...


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If you buy that plane ticket, it will go to the "more fossil fuel economy". That's how the CO2 figure is important. Then an argument would be to say that you are saving the money for the flight to invest it into environment protecting projects, e.g. like try to save India from mass thirst or into sustainable energy production projects. Caring for the ...


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