In a surprising new research, scientists have determined that people living in cities are responsible for far fewer greenhouse-gas emissions than people dwelling in the countryside.
According to a report in New Scientist, the reason for this discrepancy is that city dwellers generally live closer to the places where they work, shop and play, and are more likely to walk, cycle or use public transport than suburbanites or country folk.
Of course, the food and other raw materials city dwellers need must be transported from the country, but as most people living in rural areas in developed countries only get a small proportion of their food and goods from their immediate surroundings, their transportation costs are not necessarily any lower.
What's indisputable is that the energy cost per head of home heating, waste disposal and other shared infrastructure is much lower in densely packed cities.
Add it all together and you come to the conclusion of a study by the International Institute for Environment and Development in London: that in most parts of the world, the average city dweller is responsible for far fewer greenhouse-gas emissions than their rural counterpart.