The World Is Embracing SUVs. That’s Bad News for the Climate.Leave a Comment
By Hiroko Tabuchi Mar 3 2018 Read full NYTimes article here
SUVs and “crossovers” made up more than one in three cars sold globally last year, nearly tripling their share from just a decade ago, according to a new report. Drivers in China, Australia and elsewhere are buying SUVs because of lower gas prices and higher incomes—which is slowing progress in reining in carbon emissions….
…Between 2005 and 2008, the average fuel economy of new cars worldwide improved by about 1.8 percent a year, according to the United Nations’ Global Fuel Economy Initiative. But since then, that pace has slowed to 1.1 percent in 2015, the latest data available, far below the near 3-percent clip needed to simply stabilize emissions from the world’s car fleet….