Scott Penrose

Pollution

Scott is an expert software developer with over 30 years experience, specialising in education, automation and remote data.

How important is it that we reduce Pollution... Important right !

So, how important is it that we know what to reduce. We want to make the biggest impact right !

Well I am sick of reading misleading statistics.

Mowers

I have read twice in the last week that mowers produce between 5% and 10% of all pollution in the US.

That is a big statement. 5% to 10% - you could reduce most of that fairly simply.

Where are these statistics coming from? Apparently the EPA study. It is hard to find, but in the end I found this reference: http://www.mindfully.org/Air/Lawn-Mower-Pollution.htm and then http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/1605/flash/flash.html

In summary - Petrol is only 10% of CO2 emissions. Coal, Electricity production, Natural Gas - these are much higher. And if you read the report above, it actually says that mowers are 5 to 10% of the mobile emissions. Reading between the lines therefore we are talking about 5% of 10%, or 0.5%

This highlights the problem with stats. I can't even confirm the numbers above.

One thing that would help. Don't just quote something like "The EPA says that mowers produce 5% of US air pollution" without a reference. Because then at least someone can read that it means something more specific.

BTW... I am replacing one of my mowers with an electric one, the other is a ride on mower and too much area to cover with electric.