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Cycling Like the Dutch Would Reduce World’s Carbon Pollution More Than the Annual Emissions of Canada, Study Finds

Cycling Like the Dutch Would Reduce World’s Carbon Pollution More Than the Annual Emissions of Canada, Study Finds

Cyclists and joggers in Amsterdam on March 27, 2020. Paulo Amorim / NurPhoto via Getty Images In the Netherlands, cycling is a way of life…

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Cyclists and joggers in Amsterdam on March 27, 2020. Paulo Amorim / NurPhoto via Getty Images In the Netherlands, cycling is a way of life and is so common that there are more bikes than people, according to BBC News. As many as 70 percent of journeys are by bike in cities like The Hague and Amsterdam.

Cycling can be a significant way to reduce a person’s carbon footprint , as using a bike instead of a car as little as once per day reduces an average person’s transportation emissions by 67 percent, according to University of Oxford researchers, reported Bloomberg.

An international research team has recently shown that almost 700 million metric tons of carbon pollution would be saved each year if everyone rode their bikes every day like the Dutch , Phys.org reported. That’s more than the annual emissions of Canada.

“The significant untapped climate and health benefits of increasing bicycle use suggest an urgent need to promote sustainable bicycle use ,” wrote the authors of the study, as reported by Euronews Green.

Transportation is currently responsible for one quarter of greenhouse gas emissions , with passenger vehicles responsible for half, Phys.org reported. Transportation needs worldwide are projected to increase threefold by 2050.

As the world moves toward decarbonizing transportation, we know that 6.75 million electric vehicles were sold last year because sales of vehicles are recorded and published annually. But calculating the manufacture and ownership of bicycles, a form of low-emissions transportation that originated in the Georgian era, has been more […]

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