Mega-rarity Carbon Counting

General Process:

1. Find out about that amazing sighting, and map out the round trip mileage.

2. Rent a hybrid and/or fill your car with birders who want to be green and save green.

3. Proceed to now famous location (without looking up current reports while driving).

4. Enjoy finding or missing the target bird with throngs of other birders.

5. Calculate your carbon consumption post-trip with a free online calculator, and divide it by the number of birders in your car.

6. Submit recommended carbon offset donation to an organization authorized to grant carbon credits through activities that actually “put plants in the ground.”

7. Keep records of your rare bird adventures and where new trees are growing because of them!

One Response to Mega-rarity Carbon Counting

  1. Jeanne Greatorex says:

    After listening to your talk Wednesday night at Watsonville Wetlands Center I got home and wanted to look at some numbers. Not sure if you already have these or if they will help but I just wanted to pass them along.

    Carbon Release from Burning Gasoline:
    1 gallon of gasoline weighs 6.7 lbs
    2,421 grams or 5.3 lbs of that 1 gallon is Carbon

    When burned, that carbon combines with oxygen in the air to create CO2 :
    The weight of the carbon plus the weight of the oxygen
    combine approximately as:
    2,421 grams C + 6,367 grams O2 = 8,788 grams of CO2

    Converting 8,788 grams of CO2 to lbs (453.5 gr = 1 lb):
    1 gallon of gas creates 19.4 lbs of CO2

    Carbon Sequestration in Wetlands:
    Not so easy to do – number are widely spread. Stagnant wetlands capture more than flowing wetlands.
    Tropical wetlands capture more than temperate wetlands.

    Very high rates: 3,000 grams per square meter per year (super duper stagnant tropical wetlands)
    Very low rates: 100 grams per square meter per year (reforested agriculture land)

    Possible middle ground: 473 grams per square meter per year (Ohio State University study)
    For an acre that would be:
    1 acre = 4,046 square meters
    4,046 x 473 = 1,913,758 grams per acre per year
    1 metric ton = 1,000,000 grams
    1,913,758/1,000,000 = 1.9 tons per acre per year

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