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#10 Car Emissions

#10 Car Emissions

The amount of greenhouse and poisonous gases released into the atmosphere from vehicle emission is harmful to human health and detrimental to the environment.  Are you aware that nearly 28.5% of all US greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation?  By sourcing alternative means of transportation, reducing the miles you drive, or purchasing a hybrid or fuel efficient vehicle you can directly reduce your car related greenhouse gas emissions. 

What’s all the gas about?  

Climate change threatens every aspect of life on our planet.  With, 77% of Americans commuting to work alone, and an additional 9% utilizing carpool or ride share services, a tremendous amount of car GHG emissions are being pumped into the environment daily.  By lowering our transportation emissions we can reduce the impacts of climate change.  Let’s look at some additional facts on greenhouse emissions.

Facts About Car Emissions:

  • Between 1990 and 2015,  emissions in the transportation sector increased more in absolute terms than any other sector.
  • ​60% of the emissions from the transportation sector in the US come from personal vehicles. 
  • Cars and truck release approximately 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases for every gallon of gas burned.
  • Approximately 333 million tons of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere annually from transportation.
  • Over 90% of the fuel used for transportation is petroleum based, which includes gasoline and diesel.

How can I make an impact:

Action 1: Global Goodness

  • Start by taking public transportation or join a rideshare program.
  • If your work allows telecommuting, ask to work from home one or two days a week.
  • Opt to ride your bike for short distance errands.  
  • Walk, walk, walk, when possible.  Decrease your carbon footprint while increasing health.

Action 2: Planet Protector

  • All of Action 1
  • Maximize fuel economy by removing all unneeded items, such as roof racks, and unneeded items in vehicle.
  • Start a rideshare program with coworkers or classmates to preserve gas.
  • Supporting local businesses saves shipping emissions from freight industries.
  • Keep your vehicle in good condition.  Making sure the proper air ratio is in the tires, the air filter has been changed, and the maintenance is current will improve your gas efficiency. 

Action 3: Earth Angel

  • All of Action 1 & 2
  • Purchase a fuel efficient, hybrid, or zero emissions car.
  • Write your local congress to commission the EPA in continuing to improve standards  for greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.
  • Lobby local governments to reduce their carbon footprint with mass transit and government vehicles.

Facts References: 

https://www.epa.gov/transportation-air-pollution-and-climate-change/carbon-pollution-transportation

https://www.ucsusa.org/clean-vehicles/car-emissions-and-global-warming#.XGt_H2RKhsM

Vehicle Emissions

https://sciencing.com/effects-car-pollutants-environment-23581.html

https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions

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