Increased carbon dioxide output for 2010 signals need for more efficient technology

November 4, 2011

A troubling report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) concerning the rising global carbon dioxide output in 2010 has led to an increase in fears about the human impact on the environment, The Associated Press reported.

This type of report from the DOE shows the increased importance of efforts to limit the carbon footprint that the U.S. has. The organization has enacted several initiatives and projects to help reverse this trend.

One of these efforts, the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings project (GPIC), was specifically set as a living laboratory for the design and development of energy efficient buildings and technology.

This joint project, between the government, academic institutions and private companies, looks to address the footprint left by buildings in the country. Commercial structures currently account for 40 percent of the total energy consumption in the U.S.

According to the AP, the world pumped roughly 564 millions tons more of carbon into the air in 2010 than it did in 2009. This sharp increase, 6 percent, shows the need for projects that limit the emissions of countries.

"The more we talk about the need to control emissions, the more they are growing," John Reilly, co-director of MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, told the news source.

China currently ranks as the number one producer of greenhouse gases, but the U.S. is second in the world ranking.

The rise in population that has occurred recently has shown leaders from around the world the importance for enacting climate change legislation.

National Geographic reported that the recent rise in population to 7 billion demonstrates the need for policy change and may indicate that efforts need to increase to meet the growing level of emissions around the world.

According to Smart Planet, the increase came at a time when the global economy was said to be in stagnation, making a potential rebound for many country's financial systems an even scarier idea for environmental scientists.

This shows the need for efficient technology and design to be produced by the initiatives that do exist in the U.S., as the emission problem needs to be addressed in areas like commercial buildings energy consumption.