Comments on: ■ Your carbon footprint may not be as low as you think https://persquaremile.com/2014/01/09/carbon-footprint-may-low-think/ Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:30:43 +0000 hourly 1 By: Tim Skoglund https://persquaremile.com/2014/01/09/carbon-footprint-may-low-think/#comment-5814 Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:53:56 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=6196#comment-5814 NYC and other urban centers are iconic of low environmental impact but do analysts overlook the city’s role in financial markets and advertising? The funding of corporations and the promotion of consumption animate the rest of the country’s carbon output.

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By: Chris Jones https://persquaremile.com/2014/01/09/carbon-footprint-may-low-think/#comment-5813 Sat, 11 Jan 2014 01:22:09 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=6196#comment-5813 The website to the carbon footprint maps and a link to download the paper is available here:
http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/maps

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By: Chris Jones https://persquaremile.com/2014/01/09/carbon-footprint-may-low-think/#comment-5812 Sat, 11 Jan 2014 01:21:03 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=6196#comment-5812 Navaneet, yes I suspect you are right. Nice point. Suburban residents are typically wealthier than residents of central cities in the United States. This is one of the important reasons why carbon footprints are higher, since higher incomes means more consumption. The opposite is likely true in India. I’d be very interested to see how such a map would look in your country.

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By: Chris Jones https://persquaremile.com/2014/01/09/carbon-footprint-may-low-think/#comment-5811 Sat, 11 Jan 2014 01:17:09 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=6196#comment-5811 Thank you for the excellent description of this work.

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By: Tim De Chant https://persquaremile.com/2014/01/09/carbon-footprint-may-low-think/#comment-5810 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:35:10 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=6196#comment-5810 Thanks, Navaneethan! Here’s a link to the calculator. I’ve also embedded it in the article. http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/carboncalculator

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By: Navaneethan https://persquaremile.com/2014/01/09/carbon-footprint-may-low-think/#comment-5809 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:30:56 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=6196#comment-5809 Hi Tim,

Great post – I wonder if this is only true in the US and other Western countries where the city-suburb model is fairly common, or whether it holds for developing countries too. In India for instance, suburbs aren’t necessarily for the wealthy. In my city, Chennai, there suburbs are usually where people who can’t afford to live the city move, like students, young people with their first jobs, or seniors. I don’t know this for a fact, but I’d imagine that their transit isn’t as energy-intensive as commuters from American suburbs, and their lifestyles are probably not as comfortable. The inner city areas (not the city centre, because I’m not sure there is such a thing) are often more expensive to rent or buy property, so typically it’s more wealthy people that live there. Oh, and there’s also slums that typically house the city’s poor and its informal labour force.

My comment seems very confusing even to me, but I think that reflects the complex reality of Indian cities, and perhaps other cities in developing countries as well. What do you think the pattern of energy usage will be in places like this?

Also, could you include a link to Jordan & Kammen’s calculator, and to the paper they published?

Thanks!

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