A global human issue

What is really warming the world? Carbon emissions and global warming are a human issue. A study by Bloomberg referenced below compares natural and human causes of climate change. And it is apparent that the biggest cause of global warming from 1880-2005 is Greenhouse Gases (GHG). What are we going to do about it?

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Top 10 Green House Gas emitters around the world

The good news is that we can have a positive impact on the choices we make and we can all start at home.

The largest CO2 emitters today have a larger role to play in determining the climate of the future. These countries will have to reduce their CO2 emissions the most if global warming is to be reduced.

The population and size of industry of the countries shown above are two major drivers of emissions. The emitters on the chart comprised 60% of the population and 74% of global GDP. This also means that these countries have significant human capacity and financial capacity to reduce emissions.

Approximately 67% of electricity
in the U.S. is generated by burning
fossil fuels.

U.S. Energy Information Administration.

What can we do?

Top two largest sources of emissions for the typical household is from
(gasoline use) driving and household energy.

Transportation, as a whole (driving, flying & small amount from public transit) is the largest overall category. The
second largest is housing (electricity, natural gas, waste, construction). We can find ways to cut by less
consumption and by finding alternative sources for energy

The two most important actions to reduce
your carbon footprint

Drive less and switch to a more efficient vehicle.

The average person drives 12,000 miles each year with an
approximate rating of 20 MPG. this “average car” will use 600
gallons of gas in a year.

The EPA estimates 19.4 lbs. CO2 produced per gallon used.

19.4 lbs. CO2 / gallon x 600 gallons of Fuel = 11,640
pounds CO2 emitted.

Start using renewable energy at home.

Figures show an annual average electricity use of 11,000 kWh
(kilowatt-hours), a bit over 900 kWh monthly.

The approximate average cost of energy is $200.00 each month.

The average American home emits over 16,000 pounds of CO2
annually. It takes 24 trees to offset that.

Solar will be the single largest source of electricity generation

Elon Musk | CEO Tesla

The area shown is only approximately 3844 square miles.

How much solar would it take to
run the US?

About as much space as the north-west corner of Texas. The blue square on that map shows the relative space needed for solar to generate enough electricity to power the entire US.

Source: Elon Musk Tesla Powerwall Debut

The area shown is only approximately 3844 square miles.

Going solar

Fossil fuels are the leading cause of climate change. Generating
electric power causes over a third of all green house gas emissions in
the United States. Reducing the electricity we draw from the grid
means reducing carbon emissions. That means cleaner air, water and
soil for your family, community, and generations to come.

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Making a choice results in a measurable difference

Exactly how much impact can your solar panels have on the environment? Solar panels have a life of at least 30 years (many from the 1950’s are still in operation, actually), so once you install your solar panels, the environmental benefits last for decades. Here are some ways to think about the environmental impact that an average (5 kW system) solar home can have on the planet over the life of the panels:

Equivalent environmental benefit of one household using solar for 30 years

3,030

Trees planted

22

Cars taken off the road for a year

0.6

Railcars of coal not burned

41

Tons of waste recyled rather than landfilled

1.6

Tanker trucks of gasoline not burned

For more information on the environmental impact of reduced carbon emissions

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