U.S. Energy Use Increases

Created:
Tue, 2011-11-15 16:26

The federal government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently published the results of its annual worldwide study, which showed that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane continue to rise in Earth’s atmosphere. Gases attributed to human activity jumped 29% since 1990. This goes to show one example where human activity has been documented and proven to reduce overall air quality.

The International Energy Agency warned in its 2011 edition of the World Energy Outlook that the world will lock itself into an insecure, inefficient, and high-carbon energy system unless it makes bold changes.

"Growth, prosperity and rising population will inevitably push up energy needs over the coming decades," its executive director Maria van der Hoeven said in announcing the report's findings.

The Lawrence Livermore analysis offers some bright news. It says that although U.S. carbon emissions rose last year, Americans' carbon footprint has decreased over the past few years since its peak in 2009. It attributes this recent decrease to reduced energy consumption and a shift from coal to natural gas in the electric sector and adoption of renewable energy resources.

Taking into account these recent studies about air quality, it appears now is the perfect time to make your contribution. We have inadvertently made our negative contributions; now we need to make informed, proactive decisions to prevent further damage from being done. We need sustainability leaders to rise up from the groundwork, championing for a change in behavior. 

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Using fewer plastic bags and fewer bottles of hair spray certainly helps our environment, but since we just welcomed our 7 billionth baby at the end of October (and expect many more in coming years), some of us need to push for more drastic measures if we expect to create a healthier world for all. Sustainability managers use their training, experience, and passion for clean energy to combat businesses and organizations, with the hopes of creating change on a large scale. 

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