How much did CO2 emissions decline in 2020 in the 5 largest CO2 emitting-countries?

Math skills: Addition of negative numbers

Related Environmental issues: Climate Change

CO2 emissions declined about 2,000 million tons in the world in 2020.

The graph below shows changes in annual CO2 emissions in the 5 largest CO2 emitting-countries in 2020.

How much did CO2 emissions change among the 5 largest CO2emitting- countries?

1. -720 million tons
2. -800 million tons
3. -880 million tons

80+(- 490)+(-170)+(-70)+(-70)=-720

Source:  IEA, 2021. Global Energy Review.

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Why did wind Turbines in Texas freeze?

Math skills: Subtraction of negative numbers

Related Environmental issues: Renewable Energy

Some wind turbines in Texas froze when extreme cold air from the Arctic brought freezing temperatures around mid-February, 2021. Those wind turbines froze because they were not equipped with anti-icing packages. When equipped, wind turbines can operate up to minus 22 °F.

Dallas, Texas, reached minus 2 °F on February 16. Which temperature is lower and by how many degrees?

-22°F is lower by 20 degrees.

-2 – (-22) = -2 + 22 = 20

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