Thursday, November 3, 2011

Huge increase in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide in 2010

This isn't good.  "Monster" greenhouse gas levels seen ''
(AP) WASHINGTON - The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated, a sign of how feeble the world's efforts are at slowing man-made global warming. 

The new figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago...

The world pumped about 564 million more tons of carbon into the air in 2010 than it did in 2009. That's an increase of 6 percent. That amount of extra pollution eclipses the individual emissions of all but three countries - China, the United States and India, the world's top producers of greenhouse gases. 

It is a "monster" increase that is unheard of, said Gregg Marland, a professor of geology at Appalachian State University, who has helped calculate Department of Energy figures in the past.
Its past the time for debating whether or not human activity is affecting the climate.  Its time to focus on ways to stem the rising tide of greenhouse gas emissions and lay the groundwork for significant reductions.  We owe it to our children and grandchildren and beyond to leave this campsite we call Earth cleaner than we found it.  This is a horrible legacy we are leaving for future generations.   Someday they will wonder how it was we were so advanced yet so dumb.  Hopefully someone will be around to wonder anyway.     

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