How Green Is Your Favorite Superhero?
You're out there saving humanity from super villains does it matter. How many pounds of carbon you used to do it. Gotham city would have been obliterated one hundred times over if batman weren't constantly. Bailing it out of trouble but that batmobile sure is a gas guzzler not to mention the bat wing airplane and the electricity bill for the bat cave is probably astronomical so is all that. Do gooding really doing good. After all some researchers from stanford university presented a poster at the american geophysical union's twenty seventeen fall meeting entitled stop saving the planet carbon accounting of superheroes and their impacts on climate. Change the point of the project was to bring awareness to the fact that everybody on this planet has a carbon footprint which is a calculation of how much carbon each of us in our daily activities such as driving eating and heating and cooling our houses the average americans carbon footprint is around forty four thousand pounds that's about twenty thousand kilograms of carbon per year an average person in the united arab emirates uses a good bit more and average peruvian uses considerably less. But what about your average superhero. According to the study they're all over. The map takes superman. According to the comics the man of steel is entirely solar powered which nets him. Fut print of zero. bless him. jessica jones probably comes in slightly below. The average americans carbon used thanks to her small brooklyn apartment and reliance on public transportation and swamp thing. What with his power to make plants grow might actually have a negative carbon footprint. That's not the case for every good samaritan in a cape however the oracle erstwhile bat girl turned computer. Hacker might weigh in at a conservative estimate of one hundred and fifty one thousand pounds or sixty eight thousand kilograms but the figure might be as high as thirty two million pounds or a hundred and forty five million kilograms depending on how many servers she's running even ironman who makes a concerted effort to employ green energy. Sources would come in higher than the average american because of the sheer amount of tech that he uses and the flash who can run near the speed of light might require an insane number of calories to accomplish this feat possibly as much as eighty nine million pounds or forty five million kilograms worth of carbon but isn't a kind of a silly question for serious scientists to spend their time exploring poster co author miles traer a postdoctoral researcher at stanford tokyo's if i calculate my own carbon footprint that's depressing if i calculate batmans carbon footprint. That's hilarious so let's go with the hilarious. It's a way of tricking people into learning.