(data from begreennow.com)
Airplanes alone emit 2-3% of the world's CO2 emissions, and are one of the most carbon intensive forms of passenger travel.Clearly, we will continue to use airplanes, heat and light our homes, drive cars, and purchase items made in a factory. But with more mindful choices and support of companies that actively work to reduce their footprint and offset the footprint they do create, we can be thoughtful consumers.
Offices, retail stores, and other businesses make up the commercial building category, which is responsible for about 3.5% of US CO2 emissions.
Making electricity from fossil fuels is one of the most carbon intensive industries in the United States, responsible for about 39% of the country's CO2 emissions annually.
Industries, like chemicals and manufacturing, operate factories that emit CO2 during their operation - about 14% of our total national carbon footprint.
Burning gasoline in our cars and trucks is a major source of CO2 emissions each year, approximately 18% of the total US carbon footprint.
Our homes create about 5% of US carbon dioxide emissions from using natural gas, heating oil, and other direct sources of energy.
We can make a difference.
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