US Cities Are Way Underreporting Their Carbon Footprints

A modeling system called Vulcan shows that on average, cities across the country pollute 18.3 percent more than they’ve estimated. 

How much do you reckon your city contributes to climate change? If you added up the emissions from all the homes, businesses, vehicles, industries—everything that makes a city a city—what would your local carbon footprint be?

If you haven’t a clue, you’re not alone. It turns out that city officials themselves are struggling to accurately self-report local emissions, according to new research out today in the journal Nature Communications. The study used Vulcan, a comprehensive emissions model developed by the researchers, to analyze 48 American cities. It

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