Modern living leaves huge carbon footprint: Expert

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Panaji, Sep 7 (UNI) Modern day living leaves huge carbon footprint in the atmosphere that in turn adds to the global warming, said an environment expert.

There are instances that can desceribe it well, an air conditioner of 2.5 tonne emits three kg of carbon dioxide, microwave generates 1.3 kg and a geyser 3.3 kg of the greenhouse gas an hour.

The details were doled out by Dr R K Suri, additional director of Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, while participating in the penultimate day session of the three-day environment meet, organised by the Delhi-based Greentech Foundation yesterday.

Stressing the need for more awareness campaigns to reduce the emissions, Dr Suri said a car that gives 10 km mileage per litre of petrol, leaves 232 grams of carbon dixode per km.

So are computers, music systems, TV and radio sets, ipod, hair dryers, washing machines, electric stoves, electric shavers and what not, he added.

As part of a drive to create awareness about the climate change, he came out with what is known as ''Green Tambola'' that covers several important events, dates, aspects and issues related to the issue.

The average global temperature has already risen by 0.74 degrees Celsius in 2005 as compared to 100 years ago. Even the sea level is expected to increase by nine centimetres by the year 2100 due to the global warming, he added.

As many as 400 environment experts from different countries, besides public and private sector industry representatives, participated in the three-day meet on ''Climate change: Issues and Concerns''.

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