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.

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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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