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Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases

November 4, 2011

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— The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated, a sign of how feeble the world’s efforts are at slowing man-made global warming.

The new 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, co-director of MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.

The world pumped about 564 million more tons of carbon into the air in 2010 than it did in 2009. That’s an increase of 6 percent. That amount of extra pollution eclipses the individual emissions of all but three countries — China, the United States 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.

Extra pollution in China and the U.S. account for more than half the increase in emissions last year, Marland said.

“It’s a big jump,” said Tom Boden, director of the Energy Department’s Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center at Oak Ridge National Lab. “From an emissions standpoint, the global financial crisis seems to be over.”

Boden said that in 2010 people were traveling, and manufacturing was back up worldwide, spurring the use of fossil fuels, the chief contributor of man-made climate change.

India and China are huge users of coal. Burning coal is the biggest carbon source worldwide and emissions from that jumped nearly 8 percent in 2010.

“The good news is that these economies are growing rapidly so everyone ought to be for that, right?” Reilly said Thursday. “Broader economic improvements in poor countries has been bringing living improvements to people. Doing it with increasing reliance on coal is imperiling the world.”

In 2007, when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its last large report on global warming, it used different scenarios for carbon dioxide pollution and said the rate of warming would be based on the rate of pollution. Boden said the latest figures put global emissions higher than the worst case projections from the climate panel.

Comments

pace 2 years, 5 months ago

Part of the problem is corrupt government, in the pocket of polluters, I am so ashamed the State of Kansas was accused and found to be lying in court so they could deliver on back door promise to Coal Power Plant, Not only is coal not clean, neither is Kansas. Brownback leads against regulation of the Energy powers. He should resign. The corruption of KDHE is an infection that threatens all Kansans. Brownback has sold clean air and clean water protection and gave tax cuts to them , The cuts to the wealthiest fall on the back of every working family in this state.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 5 months ago

Ozone is a gas that occurs both in the Earth's upper atmosphere and at ground level. Ozone can be "good" or "bad" for people's health and for the environment, depending on its location in the atmosphere. For an overview of both ozone issues, see Good Up High, Bad Nearby.

Ground-level Ozone In the troposphere, the air closest to the Earth's surface, ground-level or "bad" ozone is a pollutant that is a significant health risk, especially for children with asthma. It also damages crops, trees and other vegetation. It is a main ingredient of urban smog.

* Basic information about ground-level ozone including EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone pollution
* AirNow: Current ground level ozone levels where you live

http://www.epa.gov/ozone/

Stratospheric Ozone The stratosphere, or "good" ozone layer extends upward from about 6 to 30 miles and protects life on Earth from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. This natural shield has been gradually depleted by man-made chemicals like chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). A depleted ozone shield allows more UV radiation to reach the ground, leading to more cases of skin cancer, cataracts, and other health and environmental problems.

* Basic information about stratospheric ozone
* UV Index: Current forecasts of UV intensity where you live
* SunWise: Information on protecting yourself from UV rays

http://www.epa.gov/ozone/

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prospector 2 years, 5 months ago

Where did they stick the thermometer?

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tbaker 2 years, 5 months ago

Antarctic Sea Ice for March 1980 and 2010.

National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado

1980: 2.0 million sq km 2010: 2.6 million sq km

Sea ice is caused by cold air, not snow.

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Getaroom 2 years, 5 months ago

  • 1,00000000000000000. Some of that gas is surely escaping from every orifice of the deniers, if the LJW blog is any measure and it seems it is. it's_just_math's DVR told him Obama caused this global warming so it must be true. Tin foil is on aisle 17... math and ...snappy.
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somedude20 2 years, 5 months ago

Nice to see who the fools are!!! I mean really, who needs science when you have "faith" in ghosts

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jimincountry 2 years, 5 months ago

OMG the sky really is falling...............time for another end-of-world prediction. Maybe Al Gore will make this one. What BS!

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 5 months ago

But oddly enough, the temperature has remained static for the past 11 years.

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observant 2 years, 5 months ago

Could it be simply a result of all the hot air being spouted by GOP candidates?

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

Funny, these hype articles never mention the words "Al Gore" anymore it seems. Aaaw, what the hey, Al made his millions and it's yesterday's news as far as he's concerned. Good ol' Al gave liberals something else to get all hysterical about and made a train load of cash in the process.

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mloburgio 2 years, 5 months ago

Economists: Coal Is Incredibly Costly Coal plants are responsible for more than one-fourth of GED [gross external damages] from the entire US economy. The damages attributed to this industry are larger than the combined GED due to the three next most polluting industries: crop production, $15 billion/year, livestock production, $15 billion/year, and construction of roadways and bridges, $13 billion/ year. http://thinkprogress.org/green/2011/09/29/332378/economists-coal-is-incredibly-costly/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

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autie 2 years, 5 months ago

“The good news is that these economies are growing rapidly so everyone ought to be for that, right?” Reilly said Thursday. “Broader economic improvements in poor countries has been bringing living improvements to people. Doing it with increasing reliance on coal is imperiling the world.”

Really? I believe we are rapidly racing to the maximum carrying capacity of our system. I anticipate some type of population collapse within the next fifty years. What needs to happen is quit having babies, especially in India and Africa.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 5 months ago

I believe this study as much as Havard's study claiming that liberals are genetically defined by a gene.

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

See, even Obama's green ideas aren't working.

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Les Blevins 2 years, 5 months ago

“The more we talk about the need to control emissions, the more they are growing,” said John Reilly, co-director of MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. At least some people are willing to talk about the problem and that's good in itself. Here in Lawrence we must be above talking about such things. I've been trying to get the Journal World to do a story on the method I've developed to reduce our carbon emissions but for editors at the Journal World it isn't something they are willing to cover and inform their readers about.

In another article in today’s news;

Radar technology developed at Kansas University is helping NASA scientists track something they’ve never monitored before: the birth of an iceberg.

Last month, a crew flying over Antarctica as part of NASA’s Operation I ceBridge discovered an 18-mile-long crack in the ice shelf of the Pine Island Glacier. The crack was 240 feet wide and almost 200 feet deep.

In coming weeks or months, scientists expect that crack to grow until an iceberg as large as 310 square miles falls into the ocean. I wonder if anyone locally sees the connections? Or cares for that matter.. Les Blevins http://aaecorp.com

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