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A.Word.A.Day--carbon-neutral

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This week's theme: newly coined words.

carbon-neutral (KAHR-buhn NOO-truhl, NYOO-) adjective

Adding no net carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

[A greenhouse gas such as carbon dioxide is a contributor to global warming. Carbon-neutral means contributing zero total emission of the gas into the atmosphere. The earliest citation of the term is found in a 1992 article in The Independent (London, UK).]

Being carbon-neutral doesn't necessarily mean producing zero carbon dioxide. What it means is that the net addition is zero, offset by other actions, such as planting trees, buying clean energy, etc. And it doesn't have to be all or nothing. If you cannot be completely carbon-neutral, you can definitely reduce your carbon footprint.

Calculate your carbon footprint.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"As an award-winning leader in green design, it's no surprise that Vancouver architect Peter Busby is planning North America's first carbon-neutral office tower." Kerry Gold; Carbon-neutral Building Sets a Standard; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Nov 20, 2007.

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For money you can have everything it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money. -Arne Garborg, writer (1851-1924)

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