Fuel Consumption and Climate Change

The connection between fuel consumption and climate change

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Vehicles produce about 2.3 kilograms of carbon dioxide for every litre of gasoline they burn, and about 2.7 kilograms of carbon dioxide for every litre of diesel they consume. These carbon dioxide emissions add up quickly, trapping heat from the sun near the Earth’s surface and raising the global temperature. This can cause:

 
  • Sea levels to rise, leading to erosion and infrastructure damage
  • Warming and prolonged drought, making forests more susceptible to fires and insect infestations
  • Summers to intensify, diminishing the air quality of urban areas and compromising the health of people affected with asthma and other respiratory conditions
  • Floods, droughts, rainstorms and other weather events to become more frequent and severe, posing numerous dangers to Canadians and people around the world

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Find out what you can do to cut your carbon dioxide emissions and help prevent climate change.