Mapping Tool Tracks Emissions Across 31,000 U.S. Zip Codes
A new interactive mapping tool from the University of California, Berkeley allows users to track carbon footprints for 31,000 U.S. zip codes, including energy, travel, goods, and services.
“A major finding of the research: suburbs account for more greenhouse gas emissions than other areas,” Co.Exist notes. “In total, suburbs produce about 50% of household emissions, despite housing only 143 million people in total from a U.S. population of 313 million.”
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The tool confirms that “inner city residents tend to have lower carbon footprints, because they live in smaller homes and use more public transit. Some urban households produce 50% of the national average, while some suburban households emit double the national average.”