Urban people 'emit less CO2'

City dwellers emit less carbon dioxide than their rural counterparts, according to a new study.

Carbon dioxide emissions per person are lower in cities than the national average, according to a report from the International Institute for Environment and Development.

According to Reuters, the report states: "Although the concentration of people, enterprises, vehicles and waste in cities is often seen as a 'problem', high densities and large population concentrations can also bring a variety of advantages for environmental management."

Londoners, who combined emit 44.3 million tonnes of CO2, have individual emissions of 6.18 tonnes per year, compared to the national average of 11.19 tonnes.

The report only took into account emissions directly emitted by people and not those created to produce goods residents used.

As a result, cities which are "production centres", such as Beijing and Shanghai, showed emissions levels above their national average.

The UK government has committed to cutting the nation's CO2 emissions by 80 per cent, compared to 1990 levels, by 2050.

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