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ATMOSPHERE

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by richard_vagina, Dec 29, 2005.

  1. richard_vagina

    richard_vagina Member

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    edit: ATMOSPHERE (the sky, not the rapper)

    logins for newscientist



    spotting world polluters from space

    Record US greenhouse gas emissions in 2004

    * 12:35 21 December 2005
    * NewScientist.com news service
    * Shaoni Bhattacharya

    Greenhouse gas emissions by the US reached their highest annual total on record in 2004.

    A report released by the US department of energy on Monday revealed that the emissions rose by 2% in 2004, from 6983 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2003, to 7122 million tonnes. This output is the highest annual total so far recorded by the US, says the UK’s premier science academy, the Royal Society.

    The world needs to act with “even greater urgency and resolve� in order to reduce the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere which cause climate change, urges Martin Rees, president of the Royal Society.

    The aim of the Kyoto Protocol is to curb climate change by reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of industrialised nations to an overall level 5% beneath those of 1990. But despite being the world's biggest generator of greenhouse gases – responsible for about one-quarter of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions – the US refused to ratify the treaty, citing doubts about the science of climate change and the protocol's effect on economic growth in the US. The new US report reveals that US greenhouse gas emissions for 2004 were 16% higher than in 1990.
    Fall in “intensity�

    But the report highlights that the increase in greenhouse gases in 2004 is less than the nation's economic growth, meaning that “greenhouse gas intensity� fell. It notes that the greenhouse gas emissions per unit of Gross Domestic Product fell by 2.1% in 2004, compared with 2003.

    “The 2004 increase is well below the rate of economic growth of 4.2% but above the average annual growth rate of 1.1% in greenhouse gas emissions since 1990,� says the US Energy Information Administration.

    “We should not underestimate the challenge of achieving economic growth whilst reducing emissions and the US is not the only country that is struggling to do this,� says Rees.

    “But it seems unlikely that the present US strategy of only setting emissions targets to reduce greenhouse gas intensity will be enough to cut annual total emissions,� he warns. “Indeed, the US government’s own projections suggest carbon dioxide emissions could grow by 30% to 47% between 2000 and 2025.�
    Business as usual

    The hike in US greenhouse gas emissions from 2003 to 2004 is the biggest annual rise in four years, says the Royal Society. It also notes that UK emissions have also risen in each of the last two years.

    “In terms of consequences for global climate – it seems to be ‘business as usual’ with no real sign yet of reduced emissions, and hence no immediate prospect for reductions in potential climate change,� says Chris Jones at the UK’s Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research.

    Although greenhouse gas emissions from the US are increasing faster than the rest of the world on average, he notes that levels for rapidly industrialising nations are rising faster. For example, between 1992 and 2002, emissions in China have increased by 33% and in India by 57%.

    Rees says that industrialised nations need to cut emissions by at least 60% by 2050 in order to stabilise atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide at twice pre-industrial levels.

    Climate Change – Learn more in our continually updated special report.
     
  2. sillysiphilis

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  3. Fox Mulder

    Fox Mulder 12oz Loyalist

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    i thought this was going to be a type of new lybricant.
     
  4. dumy

    dumy Veteran Member

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    ^^Exactly. I had high hopes.
     
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