US greenhouse gas emissions growth slows

Click here to enlarge imageGrowth in US emissions of greenhouse gases is slowing, and voluntary efforts by industry-especially the energy industry-appears to be a significant factor in that trend.In 1998, US emissions of greenhouse gases-mostly consisting of carbon dioxide-increased by 0.2% vs. those measured in 1997, marking the lowest annual growth rate since the US economic recession of 1991 (see chart).Total emissions, meanwhile, were about 10% higher vs. 1990 findings, according to one of the latest studies on the subject conducted by the US Energy Information Administration.The slowed growth of greenhouse gas emissions may be attributable, at least in part, to an increase in the n...

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