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The term "carbon pollution" does not sound correct

On the page https://trainingportal.linuxfoundation.org/learn/course/green-software-for-practitioners-lfc131/hardware-efficiency/introduction?page=2, located at "05. HARDWARE EFFICIENCY > Introduction > Key Concepts", the term "carbon pollution" is used several times. I think that the term "carbon pollution" is not technically accurate because carbon is not a pollutant. Carbon is a naturally occurring element and is the building block of all life on Earth. It is only when carbon is emitted into the atmosphere in excessive amounts, such as through the burning of fossil fuels, that it can become a problem. In this context, it is more accurate to refer to the emission of excess carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as "carbon emissions."


  • Hi Patrice – many thanks for both of your comments. Let me share this with the project team and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Note that our answer might be a bit delayed due to the holidays. Best wishes.

  • Hi – happy new year! Thank you for your patience and feedback once again. It's an excellent point. While we agree that carbon is naturally occurring, the alarming scale emitted to the environment through human industrial actions has harmful effects. Therefore, for the first version of the course, we would like to emphasise to our readers the strong connection hardware has with carbon, and they should be treated as excessive emissions, aka carbon pollution. However, we will note this suggestion and revisit it for the next version of the course.


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