Greenhouse gases to “impact all aspects of life on earth”

The World Meteorological Organization — the United Nations’ “authoritative voice on weather, climate and water” — issued a press release this week saying greenhouse gases in the atmosphere had reached a record high.

Increasing concentration of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are drivers of climate change…. “These billions of tonnes of additional carbon dioxide in our atmosphere will remain there for centuries, causing our planet to warm further and impacting on all aspects of life on earth,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.

News media around the world, as usual, all reported from the press release (#965):

Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High in 2011

The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a record high in 2011, the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported Tuesday. Chief among these heat-trapping gases is carbon dioxide (CO2), the biggest culprit behind global warming. Carbon dioxide levels reached about 390.9 parts per million last year, which is 140 percent of the pre-industrial level of 280 parts per million and nearly 2 parts per million higher than the 2010 carbon dioxide level, according to the WMO report.

The international body estimates that about 413 billion tons (375 billion metric tons) of carbon have been released into the atmosphere since 1750, primarily from fossil fuel combustion. About half of this atmospheric carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere, and much of it will linger for centuries, causing the planet to warm further, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud warned.

Historically, the Earth’s oceans and forests have helped balance the atmosphere’s carbon equation by sucking up large amounts of the greenhouse gas. But Jarraud said natural carbon sinks might not be able to mitigate the problem as effectively in the future. “Until now, carbon sinks have absorbed nearly half of the carbon dioxide humans emitted in the atmosphere, but this will not necessarily continue in the future,” ….

In case you didn’t pick up the hysteria, NBC News included classic pictures of smokestakes emitting choking plooms of smoke.

8 responses to “Greenhouse gases to “impact all aspects of life on earth”

  1. Even the smoke is a fake. If you look carefully, you can see a small band of clear gas in the gap between the top of the stack and the bottom of the plume. That is the colorless gas that the stack is emitting. As soon as the hot, saturated gas begins mixing with the cooler ambient air, water vapor begins condensing, which causes the appearance of a dense plume of pollutants. It is merely condensed water vapor.

    The picture appears to have been taken at dusk by a photographer standing on the east side of the stack. You can see the red sky at night coming. The plume gets darker as it rises because more and more water vapor is condensing as the plume mixes with the air. Near the bottom there is merely a narrow annulus of condensed steam. As the plume rises the annulus gets thicker, eventually blocking all transmission of light. A pollutant-laden plume would get lighter as it rose and the concentrations of particles fell in the diluting plume.

  2. “impacting on all aspects of life on earth”

    All of them ?!?!

    I thought hitting shorter drives was due to my getting older. I think I’ll start blaming it on CO2. Thanks, U.N., for excuse number 132.

  3. Should read “Greenhouse gases taxes to “impact all aspects of life on earth”

  4. Just think: they get paid to spout this nonsense. And the Sheeple believe we’re all gonna die and it’s all our fault. Disgusting!

  5. At least NBC didn’t show water cooling towers emitting steam and try to pass it off as massive pollution from smokestacks.

  6. And yet there’s been no material warming for 16 years. This seems to prove conclusively that CO2 does NOT drive temperature.

    It also seems false that C stays in the atmosphere for centuries. It’s probably more like 6 years. The atmosphere has 750B tons of C and every year over 200B tons cycles into and out of it from the soils, the forests, and the oceans. At this rate ALL the C in the air is replaced by C from these non-air sources very quickly — 6 years, I’d say.

  7. Why worry? We’ve already put CENTURIES of CO2 in the air, by enviers own account (david russell22 is probably right, but let’s use their numbers and then they can’t argue). Now our ONLY option is to adapt. Stopping the CO2 is useless since we’ve already passed any hope of stopping the warming. Forget taxing CO2–start handing out grants to make better AC units, heat resistant crops and funds to help relocate people to the poles. Let the equator be a vast heat area like the poles are currently vast cold areas. Adapt since it’s too late to stop the mess.

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