New York City Emits 1% of US Green House Gasses

Intresting to know that…

New York City produces nearly 1 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions — an amount that puts it on par with Ireland or Portugal — according to a city study.

The study found that the buildings, subways, buses, cars and decomposition of waste in America’s most populous city produced a net emission of 58.3 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2005.

The U.S. total was 7.26 billion metric tons for that year.

But it is also noted that

The city has 2.7 percent of the country’s population — 8.2 million of 300 million — and the average New York City resident contributes less than a third of the emissions generated by a typical American.

Average, Americans emit 20.23 metric tons of CO2 per year (2002), and New Yorkers would be emitting around 7.11 metric tons of CO2. Comparing this number to other OECD countries CO2 emission per capita (list here), New Yorker is still doing slightly worse than Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, France and Malaysia but on par with Spain and Italy.

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