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2018-03-03. The World Is Embracing S.U.V.s. That’s Bad News for the Climate.

posted Mar 8, 2018, 12:35 PM by Alan Gould
By Hiroko Tabuchi, The New York Times. For GSS Energy Use chapter 9. Excerpt: ...Spurred by rising incomes and lower gas prices, drivers in China, Australia and other countries are ditching their smaller sedans for bigger rides at a rapid pace. For the first time, S.U.V.s and their lighter, more carlike cousins known as “crossovers” made up more than one in three cars sold globally last year, almost tripling their share from just a decade ago, according to new figures from the auto research firm JATO Dynamics. ...The ascent of S.U.V.s and crossovers is already slowing progress in reining in emissions from the world’s cars and trucks, major emitters of the gases that are warming the planet. Transportation accounts for an estimated 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, with cars and trucks making up the biggest share.... https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/03/climate/suv-sales-global-climate.html