In a developed country like the United States where most people get around in cars, people living in more densely populated areas tend to have a smaller carbon footprint per person. This is because when everything is close together and you live just a short distance from neighbors, stores, and your place of employment, people tend to make shorter trips in their car – or even just to walk from place to place. According to one study, increasing residential and employment density in cities could reduce US global warming emissions up to 11% by the year 2050. As long as people rely mainly on cars for transportation, anything that reduces the need to travel long distances regularly will contribute to the health of the planet.
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