The Automobile Industry’s role in reducing global warming and climate change
 
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There are more than 1.2 Billion cars on the world’s tarred roads. Leonardo da Vinci might not have foreseen this back in the 15th century when he started sketching designs and making models of the transport vehicles of the future. More vehicles on the road means more congestion and more pollution. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and a quarter of hydrocarbons emitted come directly from these vehicles. Does this mean that our automobile industry has permanent grease on its “green hands”?

We’ve come a long way from the “Tin Lizzie” Model T Ford and the rise of the “Big Three” automobile companies in the US –General Motors, Chrysler and Ford in the 1920’s. In 1913, the US produced 485,000 motor vehicles and today over 260 million cars are registered in the country. By 2016, more than 150 million Americans live in areas clogged by motor vehicle pollution (ozone, particulate matter and smog emissions) and the air does not pass federal quality standards. This results in health risks placing an increased burden on the health care system. 30,000 premature deaths can be traced to particulate matter. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and a quarter of hydrocarbons emitted come directly from these vehicles. Does this mean that our automobile industry has permanent grease on its “green hands”?

 

 

Note: this course is delivered in an ARTICLE format.

.5 LEED General CE Hour

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