Definition of carbon debt in English:

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carbon debt


The imbalance between the carbon footprint of a particular country, group, person, etc. and any carbon offsetting that has been agreed or undertaken to counteract this: burning biomass releases carbon dioxide instantly, while repaying that carbon debt through new tree growth takes years
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  • The carbon debts the rich countries owe the poor for polluting the world's atmosphere far exceed poor country financial debts.
  • Tell them your personal habits and you can repay your carbon debts online, or even pay off someone else's carbon debts as a gift instead.
  • The worst source - palm oil displacing tropical rainforest growing in peat - invokes a carbon debt of some 840 years.
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