UN Plea for Urgent Climate Action: ‘Time Is Running Out’…


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From Common Dreams

“If we are to preserve our planet for future generations, we need urgent action to curb new emissions of these heat trapping gases.”

The world is running out of time to take the urgent action need to rein in runaway greenhouse gases and “preserve our planet for future generations,” a United Nations body warned Monday.

While the world first hit last year the “sobering milestone” of 400 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it wasApril 2014 that prompted the current climate warning from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Last month marked the first time in human history that average CO2 levels in the northern atmosphere were above 400 ppm for the entire month.

In addition to that measurement recorded by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego’s Mauna Loa station, which the agency refers to as a “benchmark site,” the WMO states that some of the other stations that also form part of its Global Atmosphere Watch network — those in Cape Verde, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Spain (Tenerife) and Switzerland— reported concentrations above 400 ppm for both March and April.

This should serve as yet another wake-up call about the constantly rising levels of greenhouse gases which are driving climate change,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in astatement. “If we are to preserve our planet for future generations, we need urgent action to curb new emissions of these heat trapping gases.”

“Time is running out,” he stated.

The agency further warned that the annual average levels of CO2 could reach 400 ppm in 2015 or 2016.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have increased 34 percent since 1990.

“We know that the world is getting warmer on average because of our continued emissions of heat-trapping gases,” stated James Butler, Ph.D., director of the Global Monitoring Division of NOAA’s Boulder-based Earth System Research Laboratory.

“Turning down the dial on this heating will become increasingly more difficult as concentrations of the long-lived greenhouse gases continue to rise each year,” Butler added.
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2 Comments

Sorry. It really is over, done for, beyond the point of no return. Take a look at the evidence. Perhaps read Guy McPherson’s new book Going Dark. It makes all the violent struggles, the death and destruction associated mostly with control over diminishing resources agonizingly meaningless and stupid beyond belief. Homo SAPIENS, my ass. Humans are a lot of things, some charming and some not , but definitely NOT wise.

ybera

And while public attention is now somewhat focused on CO2 (which has already run right over 350.org like a speeding train), methane eruptions and atmospheric concentrations in the arctic are rapidly approaching catastrophic levels, as the dreaded self-reinforcing feedback mechanisms kick in. To say nothing of the forcing effects of fluctuating sun cycles, the insane geoengineering programs, the implications of a helical structure to our solar system, or any number of other influences.

We don’t really know what’s going on, but it sure doesn’t look good for the current crowd on Spaceship Earth, and what is certainly ‘done’ is the planet we have been used to and the way we have been living on it.

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