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CO2 & Modes of Transportation

Paper Type: Free Essay Subject: Environmental Studies
Wordcount: 1285 words Published: 8th Feb 2020

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Modes of transportation using combustion plays a huge role in our environment by contributing to the release of carbon dioxide (Co2) in the atmosphere. This contributes to the release of Co2 in the atmosphere because the tailpipes on the cars release of Co2 into the atmosphere. According to the Union of Concerned Scientist (2014), “Collectively, cars and trucks account for nearly one-fifth of all US emissions, emitting around 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases for every gallon of gas.” This means that 24 pounds of Co2  is being emitted by only 20% of all U.S emissions that come from our vehicles that we use. In total, the US transportation sector—which includes cars, trucks, planes, trains, ships, and freight—produces nearly thirty percent of all US global warming emissions, more than almost any other sector.”(Car Emissions,n.d.) According to Humans Blamed for Global Warming (1996), “Some greenhouse gases occur naturally as a result of biological and geological processes on the planet. Others are produced when humans burn fossil fuels, such as oil, coal and gas, for industry, transportation and heating.” This evidence shows that humans use these modes of transportation cause climate change, combustion that contributes to greenhouse gases(ghg) and CO2. According to U.S. Sources of Greenhouse Gases Outlined (1993), “ Almost all of the carbon dioxide released is the result of burning the fossil fuels oil, coal and natural gas . . .The burning of fuel in cars, trucks and other forms of transportation emits slightly less than 1,600 million metric tons.” This quote or evidence shows the main causes of carbon dioxide or Co2 and how much metric tons burning of fuel in different kind of transportation emits. People can connect this to what they see differently about the planet because the Co2 that is being emitted right now is causing severe weather changes, rising sea levels and an increase of the Earth’s temperature. In fact, the community can also see that there are more hurricanes than usual  on the Earth which is affecting lost of people. Thus, concluding to how modes of transportation using combustion relates to the release of Co2 in the atmosphere.

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 There are three actions that people can do in order to reduce Co2 that comes from transportation using combustion. According to the “How You Can Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Transportation Choices” (2016), people can use a carpooling, use public transportation and buy a car that produce less Co2 such as an electric car. Carpooling is when a person takes a ride with someone so there will be less cars being used on the streets. As a result of carpooling, by the year 2025, there will be 43 million cars used for carpooling, which is measured in million units. (“Number of Carpooling Vehicles,” 2015). Public transportation is just using the MTA, (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) bus or MTA train. Now there are hybrid buses which produces less Co2 than regular buses. Another way is using electric vehicles because these vehicles do not require gasolines and produce less emissions than a regular car does(Car Emissions, n.d.) Even though electric cars are expensive, you can buy hybrid cars. “Hybrids also use an internal combustion engine—and can be fueled like normal cars—but also have an electric motor and battery (How hybrid cars work,n.d.). They are also cheaper to own which is beneficial  Last possible way to reduce is use public transportation, walk, or riding a bicycle(Top 10 ways to reduce,2012) Using these modes of transportation are greenhouse friendly and might be cheaper than paying for gasoline for your car.  These are the actions that people can take to reduce Co2 levels.

 There are multiple ways government can help reduce the release of Co2 in the atmosphere from transportation using combustion One way is “Informing Consumers Information on Fuel Economy and Advanced Technology Cars (Carbon Pollution,2017.) This is basically something the government have done to tell the consumers about ghg and how much does cars contribute to co2. Another way the government can contribute is”The numbers of cars in the world are growing rapidly. In the short term it is possible to make the cars far more fuel efficient. In the longer term electric cars charged by wind turbines, for instance, seem to be a fine solution for the global energy system. In the long term, cars powered by fuel cells and hydrogen can supplement electric cars. Road charges can also help reduce CO2 emissions, regulate traffic and reduce local pollution. There should be emphasis on more kinds of alternative fuels, so that vital transport activities are not affected by supply failures (Ways to Reduce,n.d.)” In other words this evidence is saying that the government should push the car industry to make a car that is capable of using more than one renewable resource.  Last but not least, the government should train vans and truck drivers to drive efficiently in order of co2 reducing (Ways to Reduce,n.d.) This can apply to people that do taxi, car service, or uber (etc.) if everyone contributes small to help reduce co2 the goal will be accomplished. In the end, the Government can help reduce co2 and exhaust, this will all benefit us in the future and for many more years to come. These are action the government can do to reduce the Co2 levels in the atmosphere.



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