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After looking at the data visualisation created by General Electric, share any findings that were surprising to you!

This discussion is part of the learning nugget Climate impact 1 in Ideating Climate Business.
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I found it pretty surprising how even searching the web causes emissions as I previously associated emissions with the buying of goods.
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This was also so surprising to me,need to look closely at my IT habits from now on
It is something we should all definitely think about. Thank you for sharing this information!
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I found it really surprising that services on the computer, such as World of Warcraft produced so much emissions. I also did not know that vulcanos produced that much emissions, can you do something about that other than collecting the emissions in some way?
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Using a hand dryer 20 g vs. using a paper towel 10 g
I have finally found the precise number which I've been looking for! Thank you!
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The fact that by attaching a medium-large PDF doc with an email I create more emissions was indeed surprising!
Will limit this to the necessary exchange of attachments from now on.
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That was truly surprising!
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"Using a paper bag is 10g of CO2 vs. 3g for the plastic bag"
One of my classmates has done a project this year about decreasing personal plastic consumption. As one of the measures, she chooses paper bags instead of plastic bags whenever possible. Two things to say about it:
1. I think she won't be particularly thrilled to learn this :)
2. In my humble opinion, measuring carbon emissions only entails a lot of limitations and can lead to poor decision making under certain circumstances. It's a nice way to quantify the issue, but it has to be combined with other approaches.
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I also found the comparison between the paper and plastic bag interesting. I agree that whilst measuring carbon emissions is an important comparison tool, it can't be done in a vacuum. The other forms of waste generated by our production and consumption patterns (the decomposition time of paper versus plastic for example) also need to be considered.
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Toilet paper & diapers are both more wasteful than a year of laundry!
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Like Olena and Linnea mentioned, I was also surpised that we are making negative impact by searching on web and sending emails.

I found an interesting comparison, that sending 65 mails is on par with driving an average-sized car a kilometre (0.6 of a mile).

I also found an interesting article about this topic for further reading : https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/aug/12/carbon-footprint-internet
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This was a great visualisation of different habits. For example I felt like I was fairly aware of the negative impacts of flights, but to see actually the huge effect of all of Europe's flights for 1 day was scary. I also experienced that sometimes it's just not possible to avoid flying even if you want to, which makes the carbon credits and offset schemes much more interesting to explore.

In other words, where behavioural change is difficult or un-likely in the short term, some realistic options to mitigate the effects of this behaviour need to be developed.
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Browsing emissions!
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Unfortunately the GE link seems broken and the app "How Much Co2" disappeared from GE sites. Do you know of any alternative similar CO2 comparison app?
Thanks
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