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Suburban sprawl worse than urban growth for CO2 emissions

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March 5, 2018 University of Utah Read full ScienceDaily article here

Atmospheric scientists report that suburban sprawl increases CO2 emissions more than similar population growth in a developed urban core…

…The research team concluded that population growth does not directly correlate with growth in CO2 emissions. Other factors, specifically the types of neighborhoods where population is growing, are much bigger factors.

“In the more urban area, there’s population growth there, but it’s in the mature part of the city, not associated with growth in CO2,” Mitchell says. But it’s this population growth in rural areas that is seeing an increase in CO2 emissions. If you add more people into downtown Salt Lake City, they’re going into an existing place.”…

Logan E. Mitchell, et al. Long-term urban carbon dioxide observations reveal spatial and temporal dynamics related to urban characteristics and growth. PNAS, 2018 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1702393115

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