Individuals across the U.S. can do their part to help the environment by attempting to cut down on waste and pollution, and their efforts appear to be paying off. According to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, energy-related carbon dioxide pollution throughout the country fell by 3.8 percent in 2012. That is one of the biggest reductions since 1990, with only 2009 - the year many electrical and hybrid cars were introduced - boasting a larger drop.
Part of the reason for the decrease can be attributed to a warmer winter, which did not require as much heat, as well as more efficient cars entering the market.
"This latest drop in energy-related carbon emissions is reason for cautious optimism that we are already starting to move in the right direction," Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann told The Associated Press. "But this alone will not lead us toward the dramatic carbon reductions necessary to avoid dangerous climate change."
Some Americans may be eager to reduce the amount of pollutants in their own homes. A great solution for this problem is a high-end home air purifier, such as the IQAir GC MultiGas, which can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants.