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Discussions Discussion Nukes post-Fukushima
Caleb C-USA, May 2, 2013

Nuclear power is good if you can control it. Scientist are tying to find a way to dispose of radioactive waste. When a meltdown occurs, it becomes very hot and the fuel rods start to melt. This may lead for countries to not use nuclear energy. However, there are some reasons that are good. For example, nuclear power plants don’t release any pollutants in the atmosphere. It’s just steam. Nuclear power plants also don’t cause global warming.

Caleb C-USA
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  • Brian S-USA Brian S-USA May 2, 2013
    I agree. Have you ever heard about Chernobyl? The nuclear meltdown was so bad a nearby city, Pripyat had to be evacuated. It was never inhabited again.
  • Anthony Cortes Anthony Cortes May 15, 2013
    The only problem with the nuclear power plants is that, while they give off a fantastic amount of great and clean energy, in the event of a meltdown it can easily take hundreds of thousands of lives and also make huge cities uninhabitable.
  • Chase N-America Chase N-America Oct. 14, 2013
    We should not be using Nuclear energy because of several reasons. One is the fact that it costs up to 9 Billion dollars to build one. Then the amount of energy that it would produce would take years before it actually would even be close to breaking even. It always is a source of a potential terrorist attack as well. If the Nuclear power plant down near Oceanside CA were hit, it would affect up to 20 million people and kill thousands if not more. People would not be able to live in that area of southern California for years after.

    The waste that they produce has to be stored in a salt cave in New Mexico and deep caverns in Nevada. The potential threat is great and the more of them that they close the happier i will be, and safer. The chances of an accident happening are to great to ignore, and if one goes off, any other ones nearby will have to be abandoned and if something isnt turned off when the workers are all leaving then that will just result in more chaos and more destruction.

    I think that even though Nuclear energy is much more powerful than any other source of energy, it is also that much more dangerous
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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Ariel H-USA, May 2, 2013

Even though my carbon footprint is much lower than the average carbon footprint for California, USA at 4517 kg vs. 9728 kg, I was shocked when I saw that it was almost 1000 kg more than the world average. What stung me even more was the fact that this year I still haven’t even been on a plane ( I fly to Asia once a year, there and back) and it was still higher than the world average. I expected it be about the same.

That really makes me think about how I as an individual can cut down on my carbon emissions. There are some things I need and can’t stop using, such as food and water, but I can still TRY to walk more when I can, and use the heater less during the winter. I guess I can also reduce electricity at home when I turn off the lights as I leave a room and turn the computer off when I’m not using it.

Ariel H-USA
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  • Nour Fahmy Nour Fahmy May 8, 2013
    Hey Ariel,
    You're doing a great job, you should be proud! But if you want to decrease you carbon footprint so it can be lower than the world average, you can use a blanket instead of a heater during the winter time; or turn it on for an hour or so and then turn it off again for the rest of the day. You are right, walking to and from school would help. If you are going to a party try carpooling, it makes more sense than to have 20 people, in 20 cars, going to the same place. Plus, you can unplug chargers when you are done with them. Hope I helped!

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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Isabelle M-USA, May 2, 2013

As I have been reading posts from people around the world I am realizing how big of a difference the US and more specifically California has at releasing CO2. As I have been thinking about it, the more I am wondering why? People around the world are trying to change the way they act when they only have 5000 kg! I have a very high score (12000) and I have no idea how to change it so I will at least be a little lower than California’s!

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Discussions Discussion Is climate change real? Is it mostly human …
Janice C-USA, May 2, 2013

Hi, I’m Janice and I think that climate change is really happening. I think it’s mostly caused by human activity because we’re burning fossil fuels A LOT. The released carbon dioxide makes the ozone layer weaker, making more UV rays reach the earth, where we live, making the temperature warmer. So, I’m convinced that climate change is real and it’s largely human caused. I think evidence like the temperature is getting LOWER will convince me that climate change isn’t real, but I don’t really think that evidence can change my mind that it’s not human caused, unless it’s really strong evidence.

Janice C-USA
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin May 3, 2013
    I agree with you about climate change, but CO2 emissions do not make the ozone layer thinner. That is actually a totally different problem caused by something else. There is a connection, but it's more complex than you stated:
  • Ly Pham Ly Pham May 6, 2013
    Climate Change has been happening. If you've watched the 11th Hour, 95% of all species went extinct during the Permian extinction.
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin May 6, 2013
    True, and it has been predicted that if we keep emitting fossil fuels at the current rate, we may bring on the first extinction event ever caused by a single species: ours! And worst of all, we would have seen it coming and not taken action to prevent it.

    I, for one, would like to try to avoid that at all costs.

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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Gilbert F-USA, May 2, 2013

Hello! my name is Gilbert Feng, and I’m from California. I’m 11, and our teacher had our class calculate our carbon footprints. I thought I was going to be about the same as people from California and less than people around the world. When I saw my total, I was surprised how low my transportation and purchases CO2 emissions were. My transportation CO2 emissions was 526 kg per year and my purchases CO2 was 283 kg per year while people in my area had 2557 kg per year for transportation and 1191 kg per year in purchases. My home CO2 emissions was pretty low, but I was expecting that to happen because I always turn off the lights when going out of a room, use paper double-sided, and turn off the water when I’m brushing my teeth. I had only 1250 kg per year of home CO2 emissions while the average for California was 3757 kg per year of CO2 emissions. I was also expecting my food CO2 emissions to be really high (like near average) because I always eat a LOT. My food CO2 emissions was still below average of the average person in California, but only by a little (2061 kg per year to 2223 kg per year). My total was 4119 kg of CO2 emissions per year and the average person in California produces 9728 kg of CO2 emissions per year. I’m higher than the average human, though, which is only 3791 kg of CO2 emissions per year.
I want to open the windows and use the heater and AC less because I use the heater and AC for about 4 months a year and that contributed a lot to my home CO2 emissions. I am also thinking of eating less meat and more vegetables, but my mom says that I’m too skinny to stop eating meat. Also, I want to buy less electronics. Typically, I buy about 1 per year but now I want to buy none per year and find other games like card games (Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Magic, etc.) and board games (Monopoly, Sorry!, Chess, Checkers, Chinese
Chess, etc.).

Gilbert F-USA
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin May 3, 2013
    That's funny what you mom said- maybe you can tell her that you can eat vegetables that have fat, like avocado.
  • Gilbert F-USA Gilbert F-USA May 22, 2013
    Yeah, but not lots of vegetables have fat, and also our family does not buy avocados.
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin May 23, 2013
    Well, how about nuts (peanuts, almonds, cashews) ? Those have plenty of fat as well.

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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Nicholas F-USA, May 2, 2013

Hello, I’m Nicholas from California. I calculated my carbon footprint and I found out that
the total amount of co 2 I release per year is 4962 kg per year. I release 1410 kg for transportation, 2263 kg for home energy, 927 kg for food, and 362 kg for purchases. My total pretty low compared to my area, 9728 kg. I plan to lower my carbon footprint even more by sharing the lights with another person in one room instead of going to another and wasting more electricity. Does anybody have any more suggestions?

Nicholas F-USA
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  • Janice C-USA Janice C-USA May 2, 2013
    I also have a low carbon footprint. Like Zoey said, you can use fluorescent light bulbs or even better just turn the lights off when you don't need them. Also, trying walking to school if your house isn't that far from school and don't waste food.
  • elisabetta chanel elisabetta chanel May 6, 2013
    Hi Nicholas, I also have to work to descrease my carbon footprint, infact my carbon footprint is 8007 Kg of CO2 and my counutry's carbon footprint is 8181 Kg of CO2. You should recycle reducing your wastes, buy organic food and don't throw away what you don't eat. If i were you i turn off the light whenever as possible. keep working for a better world!!!
  • Zoey S-USA Zoey S-USA May 7, 2013
    Yeah, my mom ,like Isaac's, gets cold really easily too. She usually puts on blankets or a sweatshirt. Sometimes she turns on the heater and I think that made my carbon footprint higher.
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Discussions Discussion Family footprint
Abigail H-USA, May 2, 2013

Hi, I’m Abigail from the United States and I recently found that my family produces a lot of carbon dioxide emissions at my house, even though it is lower than the average for the United States. Some things that we are planning to do to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is to switch all of our incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent light bulbs, because we have 90 light bulbs within our house and most of them are on for at least an hour a day. Another thing that we are trying to do is to reduce our trash per a week (since it’s at 13 gallons per a week), because recycling recyclable objects is crucial to helping the Earth.

Abigail H-USA
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  • Caite R-USA Caite R-USA Oct. 6, 2013
    That's great! There are tons of other ways for you and your family to reduce your carbon footprint! You could carpool to work or school, and you can make sure that you try to use as many Energy- Star appliances as possible. Plus, if you try to recycle as much as possible, you can really make an impact! here's a link to give you some ideas! http://www.carbonfund.org/reduce

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Discussions Discussion Family footprint
Anke H-USA, May 2, 2013

Although solar panels only play a part in generating electricity for a typical American home, I will still prefer to install them on my house roof because I believe that even a small change for the better will be a very helpful favor towards the Earth. I also will do my best to buy a house near my school/local transit options as that may save me from driving there and producing much more carbon dioxide than necessary. I would also prefer to be as close as possible to my local grocery store as locally grown food would be free of all the carbon dioxide produced from shipping other foods that are not locally grown to the required selling places. In short, I wish to have solar panels installed on my house’s roof and a house that is close to my grocery store/school/local transit options.

Anke H-USA

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Discussions Discussion Off the table?
Suvan A-USA, May 2, 2013

Hi my name is Suvan and i am from California, USA and in 6th grade. My total carbon footprint was 1502 kilograms of CO2 and my biggest factor was food. My transportation was only 195 kg of CO2 because we have an electric car which we use most of the time. I was not completely sure which part of food was contributing the most to the total. We are vegetarian and compost all of our food. We also never buy from supermarkets because we get a local delivery. Can anyone help me on this?

Suvan A-USA
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  • Garrett C-USA Garrett C-USA May 2, 2013
    Good idea that would help in both delivery and cost.
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin May 3, 2013
    Suvan— 604kg is a very low food footprint compared to the average for California, which is over 2000kg!
  • Dimitrios Theodoridis Dimitrios Theodoridis May 7, 2013
    Your daily life is a great example for everyone. Congratulations.
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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Paula Mirando, May 2, 2013

I’m Paula Mirando from California, USA and as part of my AP Bio class, I had to calculate my carbon footprint. Apparently, the average person in my area omits 9728 kg of CO2. After calculating my own carbon footprint, I found that my CO2 emissions total up to 10380 kg. That was scary. My transportation and purchases totals were below average while my food total was just a little bit above average. However, when it came to home energy, I realized I release 5575 kg of CO2 compared to others in my area, who on average release 3757 kg. That is a really big difference. It freaked me out a little. Weird. But then I thought about it. We don’t use the heater that much and we almost never turn on the air conditioning (our downstairs is pretty cool in the summer.) So I figured it must be the water, which makes a lot of sense. I wrote down that I take 10 showers a week. That may or may not be true. I just laughed at my own joke out loud. Embarrassing. I’m not sure how to lower my carbon footprint as far as home energy goes but I would like to walk and take public transport more often. I think I will also eat more vegetables and go back to that thing where I only ate seafood and chicken to cut back on the food category. Maybe I’ll never turn on the lights at home. I’ll unplug my laptop when I’m not using it. I’ll charge my phone less too. Amazing.

Paula Mirando
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  • Dora Dubravec Dora Dubravec May 2, 2013
    Nice resolutions! :P You can still take 10 showers a week (or not take 10 showers a week ;) ) but make sure they are SUPER quick so you don't waste unnecessary water. The point is to reduce carbon emissions, not make us filthy!
    I would also have to change my eating habits to reduce my CO2 emissions, but I'm a bit less ambitious than you and I already know that it ain't happenin'. So kudos to you for your will! :)

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