Urban Growth and Cars: Chicken-and-Egg Issue

Transportation emissions are rising in nearly every European country, and across the globe. Because of increasing car and truck use, greenhouse emissions are increasing even where pollution from industry is waning because of stricter laws, as it is in much of Europe.

Published: 13-Jan-2007

Rachel and Emmet O'Connell swear that they are not car people and that they worry about global warming. Indeed, they looked miserable one recent evening as they drove home from central Dublin to the suburb of Lucan, a crawling 8.5- mile journey that took an hour.

But in this booming city, where the number of cars has doubled in the past 15 years, there is little choice, they said.

"Believe me, if there was an alternative we would use it," said Rachel O'Connell, 40, a textile designer. "We care about the environment. It's just hard to follow through here."

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