Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Georgia (U.S. State)
Elizabeth R. Purdy
GEORGIA IS THE largest state east of the Mississippi River. Because the economy is heavily dependent on manufacturing and agriculture, the state is involved in activities that are known to negatively affect global warming and climate change. With a population increase of 29 percent 1990–2001, Georgia's carbon dioxide emissions rose by 16 percent. As a result, Georgia ranks 11th in the nation in CO 2 emissions. Overall, global warming pollution in Georgia increased 26 percent 1990–2004. Georgia ranks second in the nation in pollution produced from electric power plants because of eight coal-fired plants built before the concept of global warming was understood. Because Georgians recognize the threat that global warming and climate change pose to health, noindent the environment, and financial prosperity, the government has joined with nongovernmental organizations and the business community to establish programs that focus on energy, agriculture, forestry, transportation, and waste management. The state The ...