Tampa among nation´s worst greenhouse gas emitters
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Aug. 31 — Greenhouse gas emissions in Tampa, Fla., are among the highest in the nation, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Community-wide, Tampa´s 8.9 million metric tons in 2009 surpassed Boston, which is two times larger by population, in greenhouse emissions by 1 million tons. Boston municipal governments also produced 63,410 fewer tons, according to the paper.

The Tribune´s analysis examined the output of the biggest climate change contributors — carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

Greenhouse gas sources include transportation, electricity, natural gas, landscaping and solid waste disposal.

Around 95% of Tampa´s output came from gasoline, coal and other fossil fuels used during energy production and transportation.

“That´s a shocking number,” said Christian Wells, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of South Florida and director of the university´s Office of Sustainability. “I´m a bit surprised at the amount that the Tampa community, as a whole, is emitting.”

Contact Waste & Recycling News reporter Vince Bond Jr. at [email protected] or 313-446-1653.

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