Published on November 8th, 2013 | by No Artificial
Greenhouse Gas Levels Hit A New Record
Atmospheric level of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, reached a new record in 2012.
It took more than 20 years to finally accept that mankind is causing global warming with the emission of greenhouse gases.
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the volumes of greenhouse gases detected in the atmosphere around the world in 2012, set a new record.
“Greenhouse gases haven’t been this high in at least 800,000 years and will continue rising unless something is done soon to curb emissions from burning fossil fuels,” the agency stated.
The emission of CO2 (carbon dioxide) is now 141% of the pre-industrial level, the group reported.
“The observations from WMO’s extensive Global Atmosphere Watch network highlight yet again how heat-trapping gases from human activities have upset the natural balance of our atmosphere and are a major contribution to climate change,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud told a news conference in Geneva.
“This year is worse than last year, 2011. 2011 was worse than 2010,” he explained. “Every passing year makes the situation somewhat more difficult to handle, it makes it more challenging to stay under this symbolic 2 degree global average.”
Carbon dioxide is very stable and is likely to remain in the atmosphere for a long time, Jarraud said.
“The increase in CO2 is mostly due to human activities,” Jarraud explained. “The actions we take now or don’t take now will have consequences for a very, very long period.”
Furthermore, the United Nations’ Environment Programme has issued the Emissions Gap Report indicating that instant action to limit emissions is necessary to hold down the cost of efforts to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius.
The agency sets 2020 as the target for nations closing the “emissions gap”.
If the “emissions gap” is not closed, or significantly narrowed, by 2020, the door to many options limiting the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius at the end of this millennium will be closed, the group explained.