22 Dec '11, 7pm

When It Comes To Our Carbon Footprint, Only Two Things Really Matter: Buildings and Cars

When It Comes To Our Carbon Footprint, Only Two Things Really Matter: Buildings and Cars

World Resources Institute /via Fullsize image here Earlier this year I wrote Seven Lessons From Lawrence Livermore Laboratory's Energy Use Graph , which I thought explained everything one needed to know about our energy supply issues: Conclusion: Our three biggest problems were cars, cars and cars. Now, via Cleantechnica, another important graph from the World Resources Institute: Where our Greenhouse Emissions come from. It tells a slightly different story: 21.6% of them come from road transportation. Residential and commercial buildings are high, at 15.3% and 12% respectively, totalling more than road transport. According to this graph, almost 60% of American greenhouse gases come from buildings and getting to those buildings. Making the concrete and steel that is used to build those buildings and highways that connect them is another 10%. Close to 70% of our greenhouse ...

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