Sunday, January 12, 2014

Talking Trash on Emissions

A depiction of our household trash compared to our CO2 emissions using trash trucks. (Credit: Skeptical Science Graphics) Click to enlarge.
On average, a person's contribution of carbon dioxide waste to the atmosphere is forty times greater than their production of solid trash to landfills when measured as mass.

Every time we see a garbage truck, let’s imagine forty others following it, all taking our carbon dioxide to a dump site.  When we hear of municipal politicians struggling to find new landfill sites, imagine the problems we would have finding forty subterranean landfill sites if we ever tried to dispose of our CO2 in the subsurface instead of dumping it freely into the air.

Talking Trash on Emissions

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