The Vulcan Project


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Purdue University created this video on where the greenhouse gasses in the US are coming from, and where they go.
A new, high resolution, interactive map of United States carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels has found that the emissions aren't all where we thought. The maps and system, called Vulcan, show CO2 emissions at more than 100 times more detail than was available before. Until now, data on carbon dioxide emissions were reported, in the best cases, monthly at the level of an entire state grid. The Vulcan model examines CO2 emissions at local levels on an hourly basis. Purdue researchers say the maps are also more accurate than previous data because they are based on greenhouse gas emissions instead of estimates based on population in areas of the United States.

Read more about the Vulcan Project at the University’s website. Link -via Viral Video Chart

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@ sparge: clear statements explaining the connection with Purdue's CO2 research and global warming are found on their Hestia page:

http://www.purdue.edu/climate/hestia/index.shtml

"Climate change is happening, will likely accelerate, and is being driven primarily by rising carbon dioxide levels caused by the combustion of fossil fuels. Although this is common knowledge,... "

@kid_icarus: if you have a look at the above link to the Hestia site, you'll see that plans are in the work to do this worldwide

@Nastia: the purported goal of the project is to produce data that scientists & policymakers can use to make further decisions. So I think their "conclusion" is the gridded model itself shown in the video. Also, they believe that C02 warms the atmosphere via the greenhouse effect.
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as spock would say "fascinating". (get it? vulcan?)

i thought it especially interesting that the co2 emissions off california went south towards mexico and the east coast went north to the arctic. but then again i suppose that is due to tradewinds....

i'd really like to see this done world wide.
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To anyone who believes we are causing global warming: remember that we came out of the ice age long before the first factory was built.

There's nothing wrong with trying to reduce pollution, but it should be done honestly and without scare tactics.
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