UK CO2 Down To Pre-1890 Levels!
The CO2 emissions for the UK continue to drop!
What's Going On Here?
2017 saw UK CO2 emissions drop to 1890 levels... yes Eighteen Ninety, back when the population was half the size and Queen Victoria was still strutting her stuff.
What Does This Mean?
OIL and GAS release less CO2 per KW of energy produced, as they have a greater Hydrogen: Carbon ratio. We can see this in the chemical formula. General rule below Hydrogen (H) Good - Carbon (C) Bad.
Nerd Code: Coal [CH]n << Oil [CH2]n << Natural Gas CH4 << Hydrogen H2
Coal is also "dirtier" than the others, containing other materials which burn to give off even more serious chemicals such as SOx & NOx (Sulphur and Nitrogen based pollutants), especially harmful to human lungs.
Why Should We Care?
Things from a UK CO2 perspective are improving, but you don't have to look very far to see the opposite trend. In fact, the forecast for Global emissions 2017 is at 2% growth year-on-year.
We need to think about where the stuff we buy is made and how it is transported to us. Last weeks story on Fast Fashion highlighted how easy it is to buy cheap without seeing the consequences. Luckily keeping an eye on our carbon footprint is getting easier with plenty of online calculators including that of our partner Rainforest Concern. On a small scale, the quickest way you can make an impact is to Be The Change You Want To See In The World by being a conscientious consumer.
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