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Carbon Neutral Is Oxford Dictionary 2006 Word of the Year

The publishers of the Oxford American Dictionary have selected the word of the year for 2006: "carbon neutral."

The rise of the term "carbon neutral" to Oxford American Dictionary's 2006 Word of the Year reflects the growing importance of the green movement in the United States, says Oxford University Press in "Carbon Neutral: Oxford Word of the Year."

OUP cites a CBS News/New York Times Poll in May 2006, in which 66 percent of respondents agreed that global warming is a problem that is causing a serious impact now.

Says OUP:

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.