Saturday, March 9, 2013

Second-greatest annual rise in CO2 emissions

350 ppm seems almost like nostalgia.  It's probably still a good number but with this year's total at—ta-daaa—395, it should be a good time actually act on the problem.  But as we have seen again recently, the difference between problem presenters and problem solvers is HUGE!

So Vidal says to sound the alarm.  I say, why alarm people who can't do a damn thing about the problem?  On the other hand, the time has come to make serious threats to the banksters and their spokesdorks who claim we cannot afford to solve anything important.  Time to alarm THEM!

Large rise in CO2 emissions sounds climate change alarm

Hopes for 'safe' temperature increase within 2C fade as Hawaii station documents second-greatest emissions increase

John Vidal, 8 March 2013

The chances of the world holding temperature rises to 2C – the level of global warming considered "safe" by scientists – appear to be fading fast with US scientists reporting the second-greatest annual rise in CO2 emissions in 2012.

Carbon dioxide levels measured at at Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaiijumped by 2.67 parts per million (ppm) in 2012 to 395ppm, said Pieter Tans, who leads the greenhouse gas measurement team for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The record was an increase of 2.93ppm in 1998.

The jump comes as a study published in Science on Thursday looking at global surface temperatures for the past 1,500 years warned that "recent warming is unprecedented", prompting UN climate chief, Christiana Figueres, to say that "staggering global temps show urgent need to act.  Rapid climate change must be countered with accelerated action."

Tans told the Associated Press the major factor was an increase in fossil fuel use. "It's just a testament to human influence being dominant", he said. "The prospects of keeping climate change below that [two-degree goal] are fading away." more

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