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.
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?
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.