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Q: Why the 1.5°C target?A:
The great majority of world scientists cite a 2ºC temperature increase that should not be exceeded to avoid a "dangerous climate change". It does not mean that until we get there we are safe. Once this threshold is exceeded there is a high probability that an avalanche of climatic disasters will be triggered. The UN in the Paris Agreement calls for additional efforts to limit the temperature to an increase of 1.5 °C, which is the goal assumed by BeyondCO2.
Q: What is the Paris Agreement?A:
The main objective of the Paris Agreement is to require all countries to do everything in their power, through determined contributions at the national level, to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change while maintaining the increase in world temperature well below 2°C (based on pre-industrial levels), and continue efforts to further limit the temperature rise to 1.5°C.
Q: What are the main (GHG) emissions on the planet?A:
According to the United Nations Emissions Gap Report 2019, total GHG emissions in 2018 reached an unprecedented figure: 55.3 billion tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) - with those derived from the change in land use accounting for 25%, and
fossil fuel emissions destined for energy consumption and industrial processes making up the majority of total GHG emissions at 37.5 billion tons of CO2e.
Q: What is an individual's carbon footprint?A:
The total Greenhouse Effect Gases (GHG) emitted directly, such as by burning fossil fuels (gasoline, natural gas, coal) or indirectly, by the consumption of electric power and steam; of an individual, organization, event or product.
Q: What is the carbon footprint of an average person?A:
Based on total GHG emissions, the average emissions or carbon footprint is approximately 7 tons of CO2e per year. While the US per capita emissions are approximately 15 tons of CO2e , making it the second largest GHG emitter on the planet besides China.
Q: What is carbon neutrality?A:
Being Carbon Neutral means removing from the atmosphere all the emitted CO2. Carbon Neutrality is a worldwide trend that aims to mitigate or neutralize greenhouse gas emissions in the Earth's atmosphere.
Q: How can I be Carbon Neutral?A:
By compensating your personal carbon footprint - comprised by the emissions of how you get around (transportation), how you cook your food and how much electricity you consume - you support reforestation or forest conservation projects.