In 2009, emissions decreased by 7%, but they increased by 5.9% in 2010. Unfortunately, human activities create a great amount of carbon emissions, only adding to the phenomenon of global warming. However, there are ways in which you can decrease your own carbon footprint. If every household in the United States replaced just five light bulbs with qualified Energy Star bulbs, greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 10 million cars could be prevented. Another way you can reduce your carbon footprint is to conserve heat and water. For instance, layer your clothing in the winter so you can lower your thermostat, spend less time in the shower, and be sure to only run your dishwasher when full. And, as always, reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Carbon emissions have been increasing pretty regularly. In 2010, average annual emissions in the atmosphere were 389.78 parts per million. In 2011, the average annual emission in the atmosphere were 391.57 parts per million. Even if there was a decrease during the recession, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has been increasing regularly for some time.
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