U.S. Greenhouse Gases are Dropping
December 28, 2020
With the sharp drop of air travel, due to pandemic, greenhouse emissions have dropped by 9% in the US. This drop, inadvertantly has put the U.S. back on track to meet the Obama administration's emissions goals, and has reversed the increase due to the Trump administration's repeal of greenhouse legislation.
However, with wildfires raging throughout the country, much C02 has been released into the air, somewhat offsetting potential gains from the lowering of air and car travel.
C02 emissions are closely linked to global warming, and in our current pandemic, we can observe that excessive travel and alternatives like public transportation can go a long way to slowing or stopping irreversible damage to the planet.
The World Green Building Council has set a net zero construction emission goal by 2050. This is an important milestone and provides a tangible goal for educating the public to all parameters of greenhouse emissions. It is commonly observed that, cars for instance, are a primary source of the impacts of global warming. Such is not the case. The production of building materials. and in fact the process of building can also have significant impact on C02 output and subsequently global warming.