Rover: Gathered Data and Interpretation
As our analysis above shows, we have studied the values of greenhouse gas emissions measured with our rover both in the city centre and in the outskirts of Bucharest, in a green area. The comparison shows that, as we are moving away from the high-traffic capital city centre and towards the forest, the emissions of SO2, CO2, and CO shrink drastically. It is also important to mention that we have performed multiple measurements in order to avoid unwanted errors in our data.
About these emissions
As there are no historical records or satellite instruments on CO2 emissions, we found it imperative to measure these pollution levels with the help of our own rover. Human-made sources of CO2 include:
- 1. Burning fossil fuels: CO2 is released when we burn coal, oil, and gas for energy.
- 2. Deforestation: Trees absorb CO2 as part of the process of photosynthesis, so when forests are cleared, the stored CO2 is released into the atmosphere.
- 3. Industrial processes: Various industrial processes, such as cement production, also release CO2 as a byproduct.
In addition, we have also studied the SO2, CO, and CH4 levels. Human-made sources of CH4 include:
- 1. Livestock: Methane is produced as a byproduct of digestion in cows and other livestock.
- 2. Landfills: Landfills are a significant source of methane, as organic waste decomposes and produces methane gas.
- 3. Fossil fuel production: Methane can be released during the extraction, storage, and transportation of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas.
- 4. Rice cultivation: Methane is produced in flooded rice paddies, as organic matter decomposes under anaerobic conditions.
Both CO2 and CH4 are potent greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming and climate change when released into the atmosphere in large quantities.