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BrainyBabe commented on the word carbon-benign
I think I just coined this on the spur of the Wordie. Sort of like carbon-neutral, but not as precise. Used of a lifestyle option that produces less carbon dioxide (and presumably less of the other greenhouse gases too) than another, superficially more appealing, option. For example, holidaying "at home", which in British English means in Britain, not literally in one's own home. Taking the train instead of flying. Going vegetarian but not yet vegan in the attempt to minimise anthropogenic climate change.
December 23, 2008