Your gadgets may one day come with a carbon label like the nutritional information displayed on food packets.
That is if Michael Vandenbergh at the Climate Change Research Network at Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee and colleagues get their way.
The researchers argue that since efforts to set a global price on carbon dioxide emissions look unlikely to bear fruit anytime soon, our best bet in the meantime may be product labels designed to influence what we consumers buy.
These could at least “bend the global carbon-growth curve” enough to buy us some time, they claim.
“Even modest changes in the household sector could significantly reduce emissions,” they say.
Journal reference: Nature Climate Change, DOI: 10.1038/nclimate1071