November 5, 2011

Global CO2 emissions rise 6% in 2010

The AP reports that 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 Department of Energy figures put global emissions higher than the worst case projections made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007, which forecast that global temperatures would increase between 4ºF and 11ºF by the end of the century, with 7.5ºF being the best estimate. 

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.

One commenter said
"And in the end, the irony of the great human tragedy wasn’t that their scientists lacked the necessary knowledge and understanding; or that the scientists didn’t try to warn the public and the politicos; or that the technologies needed to stave off the cataclysm didn’t exist; or that there weren’t early warnings of the imminent catastrophe; but mankind’s greed sealed their doom.''

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