Carbon Foot Print en Is The Global Carbon Footprint Shrinking? <p>The opening of the U.N.'s <a href="">climate change summit</a> this past weekend in Poland was overshadowed by Typhoon Haiyan. A Filipino envoy broke down in tears when describing the devastation, and received a standing ovation when he announced that he would fast until a "meaningful outcome is in sight."</p><p>An increase in weather-related disasters, fluctuating temperatures and rising sea levels are among the discouraging issues being discussed at the 2-week summit in Warsaw. But, there is <em>some&nbsp;</em>encouraging news…a new report by a Dutch agency found that global greenhouse gas emissions showed signs of slowing in 2012. The slackened pace is not attributed to recession, and has, in fact, occurred as wealth continues to climb among the world’s top CO2 emitters. <strong>Fred Pearce</strong> is environmental consultant for <a href=""><em>New Scientist</em></a>, and breaks down the optimistic report for us.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:02:05 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38458 at Is The Global Carbon Footprint Shrinking? American Consumption Habits <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br> E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p><br><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u>: I read that a single child born in the U.S. has a greater effect on the environment than a dozen children born in a developing country? Can you explain why?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p><p><em>-- Josh C., via e-mail</em></p><p></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:47:15 +0000 EarthTalk 12769 at American Consumption Habits