How is carbon measured for trading?

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How is carbon measured for trading?
« on: 14/01/2010 18:30:03 »
Brian Jacobsen  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Chris,

I am very curious about carbon trading.  I understand the basics of how the trading works, but how do regulators measure carbon dioxide output and enforce the restrictions?  Is the monitoring only practical for large scale industrial firms, or could the monitoring be done on a small scale, like from the tailpipe of a car?

Thanks for all your insights!

Brian

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« Reply #1 on: 14/01/2010 20:59:56 »
I'm going to give you a link to my works website about calculating you carbon footprint. You might be able to use the calculations to trade amongst a small group. I'm not sure if this is what you want but its a good place to start.http://hantsdec.virtualschools.net/folders/free_downloads/free_teaching_resource__estimate_your_familys_carbon_footprint.cfm

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« Reply #2 on: 15/01/2010 00:14:08 »
I believe that commercial carbon trading is mostly based on smoke and mirrors.
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