Global Carbon Levels

This is bad. Really bad. With this graphic we can begin to see who produces the most carbon in the world, and the United States is near the top. As such it is imperative that we reduce our energy consumption to reduce carbon production.

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Per capita the U.S. produces nearly 18 tons of carbon dioxide. This is nearly 9 times the accepted limit on carbon per capita. Yes, that is right 9 times the amount. Currently the accepted limit is around 2 tons per person. Currently we are at 4.5 tons per capita in the world.

There must be a global shift towards zero carbon immediately, especially in developed / industrialized nations, such as the U.S. We must get to below 2 tons per capita.

Electricity Emissions Rise

Well this is amazing and something that I had thought was completely different. Yes the total amount of carbon emissions released with electricity production is increasing. Even though there are increased production of renewable energies and the reduction of coal fired power generation, there is still an overall increase in carbon emissions.

Yet, what I had thought was a trend in the amount of electricity usage in the household turns out to be wrong. With the increase in gadgets that fit within the home there would be a reasonable assumption that there would be an increase in the amount of electricity used per household. Also with the increase in the size of the average household, as far as square footage, there should be an increase in electricity usage. It may not be as steep as the increase in size, but it should theoretically increase. That apparently is wrong. Even with these increases, there has been a decrease.

The overall picture though shows that yes the individual is becoming more efficient, but as a society we are still increasing the amount of carbon produced in the United States. This means that we must still reduce our consumption, and become more efficient.

Carbon Emissions

With the realization that global warming is prevalent, we need to address how to either slow down our carbon emissions, the largest contributor to our warming planet, or stop them altogether. This is showing why instead of focusing on one single factor for reduced carbon, we must look at a combination of things.

Carbon Dioxide is the largest contributor towards Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Yes it is true that there are many other gasses that stay in the atmosphere longer, or that have a harsher effect on the atmosphere, but even with this because Carbon Dioxide constitutes an astounding majority of the gasses emmitted.

Electricity, transportation, residential and commercial contribute to the largest portion of carbon emissions produced. These are all products of the built environment that can be reduced based on better design decisions. This means that a design within the city would be a better option considering that the infrastructure is already in place.

So by focusing on the built environment and how to promote a reduced carbon lifestyle we can drastically reduce the amounts of carbon produced 

 Carbon Emissions by Gas and by Type. Reducing carbon emissions in transportation and electricity is needed and provided through smart design decisions in the built environment.

Carbon Emissions by Gas and by Type. Reducing carbon emissions in transportation and electricity is needed and provided through smart design decisions in the built environment.

Why is Lake Mead Drying Up?

Ever wonder why Lake Mead has that large white ring on the rocks surrounding. Well at the very top is where the lake level use to be. Now, where could all of that water go to? Could it be for the larger amount of people living next door in Las Vegas? Take a look at this and see that as Las Vegas grows throughout the years, Lake Mead shrinks.

 Las Vegas urban growth with lake levels dropping.

Las Vegas urban growth with lake levels dropping.

Now with this increase in population comes an increase in water usage, which means that the water has to come from somewhere. That somewhere is Lake Mead, which is now reaching dangerously low levels. So please cut back on water usage to help save Lake Mead from turning into a puddle.