America’s carbon dioxide emissions last year fell to their lowest levels since 1994, reports Suzanne Goldenberg at the UK Guardian. The emissions fell 13% in the past five years, because of new energy-saving technologies and a doubling in the take-up of renewable energy, the report compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance said. The reduction in climate pollution – even as Congress failed to act on climate change – brings America more than halfway towards Barack Obama’s target of cutting emissions by 17% from 2005 levels over the next decade. That drop puts Obama in a better position to defend his environmental achievements, which have often gone overlooked in the bitter rows over climate science, and may also buoy up America’s standing in the global climate negotiations. The findings shoot holes through the conservative argument that acting on climate change would worsen the economy. Instead, carbon emissions declined even as Gross Domestic Product was going up. Besides increasing clean energy, cuts in carbon emissions came from installing more efficient heating and cooling systems in commercial buildings, and as more Americans opted for cleaner vehicles.
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US carbon emissions fall to lowest levels since 1994. America’s carbon dioxide emissions last year fell to their lowest levels since 1994, according to a new report. Carbon dioxide emissions fell by 13% in the past five years, because of new energy-saving technologies and a doubling in the take-up of renewable energy. The Guardian