Publication Type:Book Chapter
Source:Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage, Sage Publications (2012)
Keywords:Carbon, Carbon accounting, Carbon emissions, Encyclopedia
Carbon dioxide is ubiquitous. It is known as a chemical compound, CO2 – to be encountered for example in chemistry classes at high school. At the same time, it entered the global stage of climate change politics and economies – as a currency of emissions to be traded on so-called carbon markets. Thus, a definition of carbon dioxide has to engage with the complexity of its status in society. This article shades light on both, the qualitative discussion of what carbon refers to, and the societal problem of quantifying carbon emissions.
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