Greenhouse gases reached record levels in 2013

A BBC report details the findings of the WMO’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The World Meteorological Organisation “doesn’t measure emissions from power station smokestacks but instead records how much of the warming gases remain in the atmosphere after the complex interactions that take place between the air, the land and the oceans”.

The report found that the concentration of CO2 increased last year at the fastest rate in 30 years. Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the WMO says that we are running out of time.

Even more troubling, the 2013 CO2 increase was not only a result of increased emissions but of a lower uptake of CO2 by the biosphere.

The scientists at the WMO are puzzled by this development. That last time there was a reduction in the biosphere’s ability to absorb carbon was 1998, when there was extensive burning of biomass worldwide, coupled with El Nino conditions.

“In 2013 there are no obvious impacts on the biosphere so it is more worrying,” said Oksana Tarasova.

As my mom would have said, that’s just ducky.

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