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Carbon & GHG Glossary

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Radiative Forcing

a term taken from climate science and loosely meaning the change in net irradiance at the tropopause. The change is computed based on “unperturbed” values, as defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as the measured difference relative to the year 1750, the defined starting point of the industrial era. Positive forcing (increased incoming energy) tends to warm the system, while negative forcing (increased outgoing energy) tends to cool it.

Reforestation

the process of replanting trees and forests on lands that have recently been harvested, damaged, or cleared for non-forrest activities.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI (RGGI)

a cooperative effort between Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states to reduce CO2 emissions. The central component of RGGI is a multi-state cap and trade system.


Renewable Energy

a broad category of energy sources that can be rapidly replaced (e.g., corn or switchgrass) or that flow continuously and are not depletable (e.g., wind or solar).

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