Air-Quality Boost in U.S. as CO2 Emissions Decline 1.7%

Wind, solar energy alternatives helping to reduce carbon footprint

There’s good news when it comes to air quality in the U.S. Last year, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions fell by 1.7 percent to 5,170 million metric tons from 5,259 million in 2015, according to an Energy Information Administration report. The drop, the sixth in the last 10 years, largely reflects a decrease in carbon intensity of the energy consumed as wind and solar become more widespread, in addition to slightly lower population growth, the EIA said.

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