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Climate Challenge: Can we change our lives to save the planet?
Individual households are contributing to global warming — and they can help alleviate it, too. The Fraley family is searching for ways to do its part. They hope to drive less, pull some plugs, recycle better — and maybe shiver a bit.
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Now for some good news
U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions dropped slightly last year, even though the economy grew, the Energy Information Administration said this month.
The 1.3 percent estimated drop in carbon-dioxide emissions marks the first time the greenhouse gas in the U.S. has declined since 2001 and the first time since 1990 that it has gone down while the economy was thriving, The Washington Post reported.
Carbon-dioxide emissions declined in both 2001 and 1991, in large part because of economic slowdowns during those years.
The government said several factors helped reduce emissions last year, including weather conditions that reduced heating and air-conditioning use, higher gas prices that cut consumer demand at the pump, and a greater reliance on natural gas. Read the report: www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/1605/flash/flash.html