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Sorry about My Carbon Footprint, Everyone

With a Google search for "carbon footprint calculator" yielding over 160,000 results, it's safe to say your options are vast in figuring out how much carbon you've been sending out into the atmosphere. I'd never calculated my own carbon footprint - I tried once, but found out I don't pay enough attention to the details of my monthly budget to be able to answer the questions. But this week, in light of Thursday's show, I decided to look up the numbers I need, take a deep breath, and figure out how much carbon I'm spewing out into the world with my bad habits, and whether my few good habits are canceling any of it out.

Like I said, the choices are endless, but I settled on three carbon footprint calculators: One by the Nature Conservancy, one from carbonpootprint.com, and one on the website for An Inconvenient Truth. To my surprise, the results were mixed, and the score seemed to depend on how in-depth the surveys' questions were.

Laura is LPM's Director of Podcasts & Special Projects. Email Laura at lellis@lpm.org.

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