Saturday, May 26, 2007

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accelerate

An Australian report released this week claims that greenhouse gas emissions have been increasing at a more rapid pace since 2000 than they were during the 1990s. Australia's peak scientific body, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, pegs the growth rate at 3 percent a year since 2000 as opposed to 1 percent a year during the 1990s.

According to lead author Mike Raupach, the driving factor for this change has been the fact that "we're burning more carbon per dollar of wealth created."

The report highlights the failure of the Kyoto agreement to have any significant impact. Both Australia and the U.S. refused to sign the treated, India and China were never part of the treaty, and even some of the countries that did sign have made only limited progress. Now, a decade after the treaty, we find the the problem is worsening at an accelerating pace.

On top to increasing levels of human caused global warming emissions, more and more positive feedback loops are being discovered. A study released by Brazilian scientists earlier this month reports that large dams emit nearly 115 million tons of methane every year from the decomposing organic materials in the reservoir. This would rank dams among the top contributors of human caused global warming gasses.

Forecasts for future warming will now have to be adjusted to take into account the increasing rate of global warming gas emissions. For people trying to plan for the future, incremental changes in our present lifestyle seem increasingly unlikely to be able to make a significant difference. We need to be thinking about a Plan B not only for our own lifestyle, but for the majority of the population that won't seriously consider change until the dramatic effects of climate change are upon them.

5 Comments:

At 2:12 AM, Blogger Seo Link Master said...

Your very nice.... I like your blog

increase miles per gallon, fuel saver, increase gas mileage

Search engine optimizaiton

Website design, web design

web design nyc

 
At 3:44 AM, Blogger Aparna said...

Thanks for this informative article. Web Designer | Web Hosting

 
At 7:11 AM, Blogger jerry said...

I posted mine! I'm so excited about this. Thanks for hosting it! Add

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Infobanc said...

After study a couple of of the blog posts in your website now, and I truly like your manner of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website listing and shall be checking again soon. Pls check out my website as properly and let me know what you think.
Indian exporters Canada exporters B2b trade leads Suppliers directory Indian trade portal Indian buyers Indian tenders Trade fairs Indian distributer

 
At 5:37 AM, Blogger mumtaz said...

Great article...nice information very much useful and helpful.
web designing company

 

Post a Comment

<< Home