Title

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emissions of American Household in Light of Sustainability Strategies

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts & Responses

Publication Date

2013

Date Added

2022-09-07

Abstract

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activities, land-use changes, and transportation are the main cause of the global climate change. Reduction of GHG emissions by raising global pollution awareness and reasonable actions to conserve and increase efficiency is essential to sustainable living. Per capita Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emission in the U.S. is exceeding acceptable levels for the civilized world and is jeopardizing the well-being of the future generations. The present research postulates greenhouse gas emissions as the major environmental problem of 21st century and explores the sources of CO2 emissions in relation to household activities that directly impact environmental sustainability. Carbon Dioxide footprints of 61 surveyed households, who completed a questionnaire, were measured using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas emission calculator. Various diagrams are presented to demonstrate the impacting factors of specific behavioral patterns in households’ energy consumption on the size of their footprint. In conclusion recommendations for further actions are presented.

Keywords

Climate

Disciplines

Engineering

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