How suburbs are wiping out cities’ carbon savings

Major new US study shows how the low carbon footprint of city-dwellers is being offset by colleagues living in high-carbon suburbs


The environmental benefits of city living were again highlighted this week, as a major new study revealed it is the suburbs that are pushing up the carbon footprint of urban centres. Sigue leyendo

Cómo entender qué es la huella de carbono?

carbon_footprint_673685Huella de carbono o mercados de emisiones son términos habitualmente empleados en el contexto medioambiental; sin embargo, su complejidad hace que no sea fácil comprender qué son, para qué sirven y qué importancia tienen en nuestra vida cotidiana. La huella de carbono o huella ecológica es la cantidad de gases de efecto invernadero que emitimos a la atmósfera como consecuencia de nuestros hábitos y actividades. Sigue leyendo

Shocker, NYC’s Carbon Footprint Is Smaller Than The Suburbs’

[Source: UC Berkeley CoolClimate Network Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint (2013)]

In a zoomable series of nationwide maps created by the the Cool Climate Network, an academic-government-NGO collaboration at UC Berkeley, some nifty data visualization lays bare what we already know: the urban centers emit less, carbon footprint-wise, than the suburbs. Above, a screenshot of the city and its surroundings. You can also zoom in on individual zip codes to see just how many metric tons of stuff that small area is billowing into the air, broken down according to source: transportation, housing, food, goods, and services. There are also specific, separate maps for household energy use and transportation use. Enjoy digging.
· Cool Climate Network: Carbon Footprint Maps [Berkeley]


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