Thursday, April 15, 2010

ENVIRO-NEWS EPA Finalizes the 2008 National U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

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Subject: [ENVIRO-NEWS] EPA Finalizes the 2008 National U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory
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Subject: Air News Release (HQ): EPA Finalizes the 2008 National U.S.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory

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Cathy Milbourn
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2010


EPA Finalizes the 2008 National U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released
the15th annual U.S. greenhouse gas inventory report, which shows a drop
in overall emissions of 2.9 percent from 2007 to 2008. The downward
trend is attributed to a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions associated
with fuel and electricity consumption.

Total emissions of the six main greenhouse gases in 2008 were equivalent
to 6,957 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. The gases include carbon
dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons
and sulfur hexafluoride. Though overall emissions dropped in 2008,
emissions are still 13.5 percent higher than they were in 1990.

The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2008 is
the latest annual report that the United States has submitted to the
Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change. The convention sets an overall framework for intergovernmental
efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change. EPA prepares
the annual report with experts from multiple federal agencies and after
gathering comments from a broad range of stakeholders across the
country.

The inventory tracks annual greenhouse gas emissions at the national
level and presents historical emissions from 1990 to 2008. The inventory
also calculates carbon dioxide emissions that are removed from the
atmosphere by "sinks," which occurs through the uptake of carbon by
forests, vegetation and soils.

More information:
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/usinventoryreport.html

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