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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Global Warming – Do You Know Your Neighbor's GWIQ?

The old saying that What is measured, improves applies to global warming as well.  

If you know your own global warming IQ score (your GWIQ), you can compare your consumption habits with those of your neighbors.

 A good way to encourage people to reduce their pollution by reducing their carbon emissions is to provide people with the tools they can use to measure their own carbon emissions, and the emissions of their neighbours.
In our novel Obelisk Seven, we describe a method we devised for our global warming fighter hero, Nick Kangles, to use to encourage the viewers of his international environmental television show to encourage the reduction of global warming by encouraging competition between individuals, cities, states and countries.  

People could launch the YouRateThem Internet site – a worldwide competition between cities to cut their emissions, with ordinary people rating their cities, states and countries using YouRateThem checklists, with cities etc. earning titles each year as the Coolest Cities, for reducing their emissions footprints.

If you want to find out how your own country's pollution compares to other countries, then click here for the Scorecard. You can use it to compare American counties and communities as well as states.

Another handy site named Opower shows people living in the United Kingdom how much carbon dioxide is emitted to heat water in their homes. 

The Energy Savings Trust site gives suggestions for saving water and energy, and for cutting their carbon footprint. 

The Trust points out that heating water in British homes accounts for a whopping 5% of the
country's total carbon emissions. 

Who would have thought that taking a bath or shower could contribute so much to global warming?
The handy 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 163 countries on 25 performance indicators across ten categories; you can use it to compare how well countries are doing to meet their environmental policy goals.
Want to know how much land and ocean is needed to sustain your own consumption, and absorb your own wastes? Then click here to see your Ecological Footprint on the myfootprint site, and to learn how to reduce your own personal impact on our earth.
A black footprint with a white CO2 on the ball of the foot is a badge which only those United Kingdom companies which take steps to reduce their carbon emissions can wear. According to the UK Carbon Trust:
According to a study by the Centre for Retail Research, the Carbon Reduction Label reached the £2bn-a-year sales mark when supermarket Tesco decided to add its own-brand pasta range to the scheme.
Euan Murray, head of footprinting at the Carbon Trust, said the label was designed to help shoppers understand what brands were taking steps to cut their carbon footprints.
"It means [consumers] are using their spending power to drive chains within businesses and supply changes, both here in the UK and right around the world," he told BBC News.
Products that are allowed to carry the footprint symbol have to commit to reducing their carbon emissions over a two-year period, or risk being thrown out of the scheme.
The trust says every stage of a product's lifecycle is assessed, from raw materials and packaging, to manufacture, transportation, sale to the end user, use and disposal.
The audit process is underpinned by a standard, known as PAS 2050 and managed by BSI British Standards, that is designed to offer a consistent assessment of the associated energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Now that's an idea that other countries should copy!
How about it, America? Canada? Germany? France? Sweden? Everybody?


  1. Planet Ark - an Australian not for profit organisation - is working with the Carbon Trust. The first produsts with the Carbon Reduction Label are now available in Australia and New Zealand.

    Please visit for information.

  2. Thanks, Diane!
    And best of luck to Planet Ark and the Carbon Trust in their fight to save our earth.

    Glenn & Loraine


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