Pollution got worse in 2018 thanks to two overlooked sectors

by Eric Roston, Bloomberg

In the debate over climate change, the heaviest polluters — think: power plants, trucks and cars — get the most attention from policy makers. New research suggests a broader view might be called for.

A pair of often-overlooked sectors posted the largest rises in carbon dioxide pollution in the U.S. in 2018. Emissions generated by industrial manufacturing jumped 5.7 percent, according to research firm Rhodium Group. Commercial and residential buildings generated ten percent more emissions.

Those increases drove the 3.4 percent rise in overall pollution, the second-biggest year-over-year increase in the past 20 years. Transportation, which remains the U.S. economy’s largest source of carbon-dioxide, rose about 1 percent.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-08/pollution-got-worse-in-2018-thanks-to-two-overlooked-sectors?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=190110&utm_campaign=climatechanged

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