Definition of carbon debt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


carbon debt

BrE BrE//ˌkɑːbən ˈdet//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːrbən ˈdet//
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the difference between the effects of the carbon footprint of a country, group, person, etc. and anything that has been agreed or done to reduce these effects A massive carbon debt will be created when the forests are harvested. With the continued use of fossil fuels, the country’s carbon debt increases each year.