10 Things Causing Climate Change
These statistics from the World Resources Institute help explain what contributes to climate change. More information here: http://cnn.it/1MtdrgP
- •Electricity and heat: 30.6%Burning fossil fuels for electricity and heat is the main driver of climate change. Emissions from those sectors account for nearly a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the World Resources Institute.
- •Transportation: 14.8%Transportation -- driving, flying and the like -- makes up nearly 15% of global climate-change pollution, according to 2012 data synthesized by the World Resources Institute.
- •Manufacturing and construction: 13.3%Manufacturing and construction are less often discussed than transit, but they contribute nearly as much to climate change, according to the World Resources Institute.
- •Agriculture: 11.1%
- •Other fuel combustion: 8.2%Burning other types of fuel, including wood, accounts for 8.2% of emissions. Also included in this category are fuels burned in commercial and residential buildings, as well as burning fuel for agriculture and deep-sea fishing.
- •Industrial processes: 5.8%Cement and aluminum production are among the major contributors.
- •Deforestation and land use changes: 5.7%Forests trap carbon, so chopping down rainforests contributes considerably to the climate change problem. Estimates vary, but the World Resources Institute says deforestation accounts for 5.7% of emissions linked to climate change. Other estimates put the number closer to 20%.
- •Fugitive emissions: 5.3%Gas flares, and other emissions associated with energy production, create 5.3% of greenhouse gas emissions.
- •Waste: 3.1%Landfills produce methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas.
- •Bunker fuels: 2.2%Some emissions can't be tied to a particular country. These "bunker fuels" include ships in international waters as well as international flights.