Cow’s milk in your coffee or funny-tasting soya? Reusable nappies on a hot wash or disposables going into landfill? Cyclists exude eco-smugness — but did you know e-bikes can be better for the environment? Trying to make the greenest decisions in everyday life is a minefield. Almost everything we do has a carbon footprint — shorthand for the amount of warming greenhouse gas that it releases into the atmosphere. The equations are confusing and complicated. Mike Berners-Lee is a carbon consultant who works at Lancaster University and advises firms and organisations on reducing their footprints. In a new book, How Bad Are Bananas?, he calculates the carbon footprint of nearly 100 activities — from reading a spam email to flying into space. The intriguing examples below give a flavour of what’s terrible for the planet and what’s not nearly as bad as you might think, going some way to helping you lead a more carbon-aware life.
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