0.003%

Sending just one less unnecessary email per day could reduce the UK’s carbon footprint by 16,000 tonnes per year, according to research.

That’s some 0.003% of the country’s emissions. Reporting the story might well have cost more than that.

21 thoughts on “0.003%”

  1. …and CO2 iis 0.004% of the atmosphere of which the human contribution is 3%. All the alarmism is based on computer models of an imperfectly understood open system. Like good old Cnut they’d be more effective banning volcanoes.

  2. For those with better self-control than me who didn’t click the links both this and the tranny story are articles in the Telegraph.

    Not the guardian, not the BBC, not some woke blog, the once respected Telegraph.

  3. That works out as each e-mail using 0.67 of a gram of CO2.

    16000/65000000 tonnes
    /375 days.

    But that assumes my computer uses that much energy to send an email. But nothing to be switched on.

    In reality my computer is switched on, and sending an e mail is basically free.

    This is like those calculations where beef takes x many kilograms of water. That assume that water doesn’t fall from the sky when no beef is being produced.

    Once I turn my computer on, linked to the internet, the damage is done. Sending the email makes no difference.

    I recommend that all the people who believe this nonsense should put the beliefs into practice. And vacate e-space.

    But they won’t.

  4. @John: If you prefer the Guardian version of the email story it’s here. Both papers are simply regurgitating a press release from a green energy company. The Guardian even says “These are the sorts of stats beloved of green energy companies trying to get a bit of free publicity” while giving them their free publicity.

    This is modern journalism – use the cheapest source of copy to fill the spaces between the ads.

  5. You are all wrong…

    All that heavy breathing while typing
    Stopping to make a cup of tea
    Putting cow’s milk in the tea
    Turning up the heating
    Checking to see whodunnit on Murder She Wrote
    Then going back to finish off ( more heavy b
    reathing)

    All adds up to gigatons of CO2..

  6. “Sustainable energy without the hot air” starts by pointing out that “every little helps” is totally inadequate to solve any big problems.

  7. A while back I was emailed a meme saying that every time you pressed “Reply All”, a kitten died. At the time I thought it was a joke, now I realise it is factual, carelessly pressing “Reply All” causes a kitten to be fried by catastrophic, runaway climate change.

  8. “Sending just one less unnecessary email per day could reduce the UK’s carbon footprint by 16,000 tonnes per year, according to… a number I’ve just pulled out of my arse.”

  9. The absolute huge fucking irony of that story is the invasive advertising playing videos, or flashing images which surround modern news stories take vastly more computer power (though still absolutely trivial) to download and run than sending a fucking email.

  10. “This is like those calculations where beef takes x many kilograms of water. That assume that water doesn’t fall from the sky when no beef is being produced.”

    It gets better… Making beef actually *produces* net H2O.. It’s just that cows, like any mammal, are leaky sieves regarding that stuff, and need a net intake of H2O because of evaporation from the body, amongst other things. It’s the green stuff they eat that needs the tons of H2O to grow..

    Always fun to point out that because of this, H2O is a potential problem on board the ISS.. It just isn’t a shortage, as people would expect..

  11. The linked article has an interesting (ie, complete bollocks) chart on dietary CO2 footprint by country. They seem to think there are a dozen and a half countries in North America. Maybe including the Caribbean? The Y-axis scatter seems to serve no purpose, and is not defined. “Mathiness” – it’s like “truthiness,” but with numbers.

  12. @John November 27, 2019 at 9:46 am

    the once respected Telegraph

    Spot on. I read DT/ST 1980s to ~2013 then gave up and cancelled sub

    @Ljh November 27, 2019 at 9:19 am

    +1

    UK CO2 Man made emissions* were 44% below 1990 levels in 2018

    UK CO2 Man made emissions were ~1% of global Man made emissions in 2016

    0.003% of 1% is 0.000009% of global Man made emissions

    * Global Man made CO2 emissions are ~3.8% of total Global CO2 emissions

    AGW AGS fear-mongering is a wallet raiding scam. Most evil is it’s damaging children’s education and mental health

  13. @Gamecock November 27, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    Re-read and don’t see the error you allege

    Which line(s) & calculation(s)? Correct is?

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