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Do You Think New York City Is Emission-Free? Think Again (WATCH)

by on November 18, 2012

The NYC mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability released a study, along with a video, that explains how just much carbon dioxide (CO2) escapes into the Big Apple’s air each day.

In 2010  New York City added 54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (equivalent) to the atmosphere, but this number means little to most people because few of us have a sense of scale for atmospheric pollution.

Carbon Visuals and the Environmental Defense Fund wanted to make those emissions feel a bit more real — the total emissions and the rate of emission. Designed to engage the ‘person on the street‘, this version is exploratory and still work in progress.

New York City’s carbon footprint is:

54,349,650 million tons a year = 148,903 tons a day = 6,204 tons an hour = 1.72 tons a second

At standard pressure and 59 °F a metric ton of carbon dioxide gas would fill a sphere 33 feet across (density of CO₂ = 1.87 kg/m³:http://bit.ly/CO2_datasheet). If this is how New York’s emissions actually emerged we would see one of these spheres emerge every 0.58 seconds.

Emissions in 2010 were 12% less than 2005 emissions. The City of New York is on track to reduce emissions by 30% by 2017 – an ambitious target.

Take a look at the video and try to embrace the green technology:

What do you think about New York City?



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