Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit New Record in 2011, Survey Shows

Reuters | Posted: 11/20/2012  5:30 am EST Updated: 11/20/2012 10:51 am EST

GENEVA, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Atmospheric volumes of greenhouse  gases blamed for climate change hit a new record in 2011, the  World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in its annual  Greenhouse Gas Bulletin on Tuesday.

The volume of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas  emitted by human activities, grew at a similar rate to the  previous decade and reached 390.9 parts per million (ppm), 40  percent above the pre-industrial level, the survey said.

It has increased by an average of 2 ppm for the past 10  years.

Fossil fuels are the primary source of about 375 billion  tonnes of carbon that has been released into the atmosphere  since the industrial era began in 1750, the WMO said.

WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said the billions of  tonnes of extra carbon dioxide would stay in the atmosphere for  centuries, causing the planet to warm further.

“We have already seen that the oceans are becoming more  acidic as a result of the carbon dioxide uptake, with potential  repercussions for the underwater food chain and coral reefs,” he  said in a statement.

Levels of methane, another long-lived greenhouse gas, have  risen steadily for the past three years after levelling off for  about seven years. The reasons for that evening out are unclear.
Growth in volumes of a third gas, nitrous oxide, quickened  in 2011. It has a long-term climate impact that is 298 times  greater than carbon dioxide.

The WMO, the United Nations’ weather agency, said the three  gases, which are closely linked to human activities such as  fossil fuel use, deforestation and intensive agriculture, had  increased the warming effect on the climate by 30 percent  between 1990 and 2011.

The prevalence of several less abundant greenhouse gases was  also growing fast, it said.

Sulphur hexafluoride, used as an electrical insulator in  power distribution equipment, had doubled in volume since the  mid-1990s, while hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and  hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) were growing at a rapid rate from a  low base.

But chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and most halons were  decreasing, it said.



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  1. Back In the beginning the leaders of the Two GW conferences said they were using GW to bring about Global Governance. They said that GW was man made. I said it was the SUN and that in the future the SUN would be burning searing HOT. Where I live I experienced GW from 1963 to 2008. The winters were mild and I did not need to wear winter gear. The summer nights were hot and I was just wearing boxer shorts. So GW did take place but it was the SUN. When the Record Breaking Flooding Rainfalls started they changed the words Global warmng to Climate Change. They are now so confident they will get their own way they are using the words Climate Control. (Please use my user name Acushla as my computer is under attack)

    • I wouldn’t know what else to call you! 😉 What do you mean your computer is under attack and how is this to do with your name? I’m sorry for being nosey, I’m just curious. God bless you Acushia!

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 God's call to the world! Are you ready?

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