Green Energy and the Carbon Footprint

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1. What is “green energy?”

According to Cambridge Dictionaries Online, green energy is “energy that can be produced in a way that protects the natural environment, for example by using wind, water, or the sun”. Solar energy is the conversion of the rays from the sun into a useful form of energy, such as heat or electricity. Solar energy when converted to thermal/heat energy can be used to both heat water and heat spaces in buildings and homes. Wind energy is another example of green energy. Wind power is the conversion of wind energy into a form of energy by means of wind turbines and windmills. Hydroelectricity refers to using hydro power, the power that comes from the energy of either falling or running water, to produce electricity. This is the most widely used form of green or renewable energy. Another example, geothermal energy, is a form of thermal energy that is generated in the earth. Hot springs are an example geothermal energy that has been used for bathing, space heating, and the generation of electricity. Ocean thermal energy uses the temperature difference between the warmer surface ocean water and cooler deep water to produce electricity.

2. What is “carbon footprint?”

According to Wikipedia, a carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide that a person emits during their day to day activities. It measures the quantity of resources you use and how your actions contribute to the greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions are what

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