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How Are Carbon Emissions Produced?

Each of us produces carbon emissions daily. Every time you turn on a light, power up your computer or start your car, you are using energy — which in turn results in carbon emissions.

Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions per Type of Gas

Graph recreated with permission.
Original Source: Greenhouse gas excl. land-use change EDGAR v5.0/v4.3.2 FT 2017 land use-change: H&N 2017


In broad terms, any energy production and use from fossil fuel sources such as coal and natural gas produce carbon emissions. Transportation fuels like oil and gasoline also produce these emissions as they are burned. Deforestation and melting permafrost (due to rising global temperatures) are also contributing factors. In fact, one third of all human-caused carbon emissions came from deforestation.

Carbon is a naturally occurring element — and important to life on earth. But because the levels of carbon emissions are increasing exponentially, the planet is no longer in balance. These excess emissions, along with other greenhouse gases such as methane, are the causes of climate change and are having a significant negative impact on the environment, people, and the economy. Read more about the Environmental Effects.

We cannot solve the issue of climate change without restoring our forests globally.

Forests and trees are not the only way to solve complex local and global issues. However, trees may be the simplest solution.

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