SUVs second biggest cause of emissions rise, figures reveal.
Growing demand for SUVs was the second largest contributor to the increase in global CO2 emissions from 2010 to 2018, an analysis has found.
In that period, SUVs doubled their global market share from 17% to 39% and their annual emissions rose to more than 700 megatonnes of CO2, more than the yearly total emissions of the UK and the Netherlands combined.
No energy sector except power drove a larger increase in carbon emissions, putting SUVs ahead of heavy industry (including iron, steel, cement and aluminium), aviation and shipping.
If SUV drivers were a nation, they would rank seventh in the world for carbon emissions.
Cribbing from the comments on the linked thread: the usual defense of drivers who ship car-wreck is "I'm up high in my truck/SUV and from that vantage point the rock is too low to see."
Barnett said the rock causes trouble for vehicles when drivers who aren’t paying attention accidentally jump the curb. She said before the rock appeared, drivers who would jump the curb were making “a giant hole in the ground.”
It’s unclear if the rock was placed in that spot to prevent curb-jumping.
“I know it’s probably really embarrassing for the drivers, but you know at least it’s something else that people are talking about for Omaha,” Barnett said. “Like, we have the zoo, and now we have the rock.”
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