Global carbon emissions up 60% since 1990

Is it any wonder that the Arctic sea ice volume is collapsing?

It doesn’t help that the same party that is beholden to a single person named Grover Norquist (rather than the overwhelming majority of the American people) when it comes to tax policy, also finds carbon emissions and climate change a big joke.

This is what happens when your party becomes the party of ignorance and stupidity, of anti-science, and lies. The problem is, far too many of their crazies are still in office, and they’re taking us all down with their irresponsible behavior.

We’ve already  seeing a slight improvement in US CO2 emissions, per the article below, but we’re way beyond the point of “slight” being enough. It’s time to get serious.

Phys.org:

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CO2 via Shutterstock

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are set to rise again in 2012, reaching a record high of 35.6 billion tonnes – according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project, co-led by researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

The 2.6 per cent rise projected for 2012 means global emissions from burning fossil fuel are 58 per cent above 1990 levels, the baseline year for the Kyoto Protocol. This latest analysis by the Global Carbon Project is published today in the journal Nature Climate Change with full data released simultaneously by the journal Earth System Science Data Discussions.

It shows the biggest contributors to global emissions in 2011 were China (28 per cent), the United States (16 per cent), the European Union (11 per cent), and India (7 per cent). Emissions in China and India grew by 9.9 and 7.5 per cent in 2011, while those of the United States and the European Union decreased by 1.8 and 2.8 per cent.

AP walks us through the impact of the ongoing increase in emissions:

Because emissions of the key greenhouse gas have been rising steadily and most carbon stays in the air for a century, it is not just unlikely but “rather optimistic” to think that the world can limit future temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), said the study’s lead author, Glen Peters at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, Norway.

Three years ago, nearly 200 nations set the 2-degree C temperature goal in a nonbinding agreement. Negotiators now at a conference under way in Doha, Qatar, are trying to find ways to reach that target.

Gaius will have more in the morning on the record temperature increases we’re looking at.

Thanks to Miro Collas for the link to this interesting story.


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  • Indigo

    Since 1990. People born in 1990 are registered voters today. Where is their voice?

  • Thomas

    The photograph of the “smoke stack” labeled “CO2 via shutterstock” is disingenuous trickery at its best. The stuff coming out of the “smoke stack” isn’t smoke, it’s steam that has been colorized to look like some awful pollutant. We can see that it is steam because it begins to evaporate on the right side of the photo. Also, smoke stacks don’t belch smoke like that in the developed world because it’s against the law.

    Global warming of the past thirty years has been gentle and benign. We don’t know how much of it is natural variability and how much is man-caused but we do know that it has been a non-event in terms of danger to the biosphere. There is no credible scientific evidence to indicate that future warming will be any different. Models that predict runaway warming cannot be correct because CO2 levels were much, much higher millions of years ago yet the earth cooled again.

    All pollutants that EPA has tracked since it’s inception have been dramatically reduced over the past 40 years. Air, water and ground in the US are much cleaner than they were 40 years ago when LA had killer smogs and Ohio had rivers that caught on fire.

    The global warming scare is perpetrated and perpetuated by environmental groups, scientists, alternative energy investors (e.g. Al Gore), and liberal politicians who all have a vested interest in turning mankind away from the very thing that makes possible our wonderful modern lives … cheap energy! If oil, coal and natural gas disappeared tomorrow must of us would starve to death in a matter of weeks.

  • KerrynowCampau

    i totally agree with you

    completely selfish

  • Sweetie

    This is another reason why I’d never be selfish and foolish enough to have a child if I could. Imagine bringing anyone into a world like this, to a future that’s being ruined as we speak. Do I dislike humanity? You bet. There are some good people, but most people are damned stupid. And, even the good ones are stuck toeing the stupid line, unless they have enough money to truly go green. (And, guess who green that money is.)

  • hollywoodstein

    And accelerating.

  • hollywoodstein

    Drill baby drill.

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