Mapping our carbon footprints
Living in cities is good for the planet. Living near cities, not so much
By Alison Pearce Stevens, 10:25 AM January 27, 2014
How densely packed your neighborhood is can affect the health of our planet, a new study finds.
Scientists measured the impact that people have on the environment using a “yardstick” that they call a carbon “footprint.” That footprint reflects the amount of carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas — that is spewed into the atmosphere as a result of someone’s daily activities. Carbon footprints tend to be low for city dwellers. Living in a suburb outside a city, however, can turn that footprint into a...
Source URL: https://student.societyforscience.org/article/mapping-our-carbon-footprints?mode=topic&context=60