Suburbs Emit More Carbon Dioxide than Cities - Study

Which municipalities and locations within the United States contribute the most to household greenhouse gas emissions? The answer is revealed in a new data crunching exercise conducted by academics at the University of California, Berkeley. They confirmed that average household carbon emissions are loosely correlated with population density, rising in the suburbs but decreasing in inner-city areas where people use less individual motorised transport. Suburbs alone account for half of total U.S. household carbon footprints, they say. For example, Lower Manhattan has an average household carbon footprint of 32.5 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) compared to Montclair Essex County, New Jersey where it rises to 68.3, more than double. (Use the maps below to find out the emissions for every area in the United States. Hover over the map. Use controls at left to zoom an...

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