Chapter 6 - Environment

Chapter 6 - Environment

While transportation enhances the quality of our lives, it also generates environmental impacts that can lead to human health problems and ecological damage. Overall, most transportation air emissions, such as particulates, have declined since 1980 despite significant increases in U.S. population, Gross Domestic Product, and vehicle-miles traveled. Only ammonia among criteria pollutants remains above its 1990 level; also carbon dioxide emissions from transportation fuel use are rising.