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New Oxford American dictionary word of the year…Carbon Neutral

by Mel Starrs on November 15, 2006

in News, Uncategorized

::via Gristmill:

The new Oxford American dictionary word of the year has been announced as ‘carbon neutral’:

Being carbon neutral involves calculating your total climate-damaging carbon emissions, reducing them where possible, and then balancing your remaining emissions, often by purchasing a carbon offset: paying to plant new trees or investing in “green” technologies such as solar and wind power.

The rise of carbon neutral reflects the growing importance of the green movement in the United States. In a CBS News/New York Times Poll in May 2006, 66% of respondents agreed that global warming is a problem that’s causing a serious impact now. 2006 also saw the launch of a new (and naturally, carbon neutral) magazine about eco-living, Plenty; the actor Leonardo DiCaprio is planning a environmentally-themed reality TV series about an eco-village; and colleges from Maine to Wisconsin are pledging to be carbon neutral within five years. It’s more than a trend, it’s a movement.

Erin McKean, editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary 2e, said “The increasing use of the word carbon neutral reflects not just the greening of our culture, but the greening of our language. When you see first graders trying to make their classrooms carbon neutral, you know the word has become mainstream.”

Excellent endorsement. edit: Actually, thinking about this a little further I’m surprised it wasn’t ‘carbon footprinting’ which seems to pop up on a daily basis.  Maybe the UK has a slightly different slant to the US – any comments?