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Science, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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  • This resource from the EPA provides detailed information about greenhouse gas emissions from the United States by economic sector.
  • Students will learn where our emissions come from, which greenhouse gases are associated with each sector, how emissions have changed over time, and ways to reduce emissions in each sector.
Teaching Tips


  • The data is presented in easy-to-interpret pie charts and line graphs.
  • All sources are cited and linked for more information.
  • This is a great resource to reference solutions already identified for reducing emissions by sector.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read graphs and charts.


  • Students could be divided into groups by sector to investigate the sources and solutions and then present their findings to the other groups.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with social studies classes when thinking about the human health and societal consequences of various emitting activities or pollutants.
Scientist Notes
The resource explains the sources of important greenhouse gases. It is useful for students to understand the sources, their residence time, and ways to reduce emissions. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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