Greenhouse gases rise by record amount

December 15, 2011 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

From the Guardian.  See http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/nov/04/greenhouse-gases-rise-record-levels

Greenhouse gases rise by record amount

Levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago

Associated Press

guardian.co.uk, Thursday 3 November 2011 23.03 EDT

The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide has jumped by a record amount, according to the US department of energy, a sign of how feeble the world’s efforts are at slowing man-made global warming.

The 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 more we talk about the need to control emissions, the more they are growing,” said John Reilly, the co-director of MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.

The world pumped about 564m more tons (512m metric tons) of carbon into the air in 2010 than it did in 2009, an increase of 6%. That amount of extra pollution eclipses the individual emissions of all but three countries, China, the US 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.

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