Global Warming Up, Peace Prize Down

Just a few days after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr., findings of a study have been released by the National Academy of Sciences showing that Greenhouse Gas emissions has pushed stronger-than-expected and sooner-than-expected Climate Change.

Carbon Dioxide emissions are 35% higher in 2006 than 1990 – a much higher growth rate than previously anticipated by the Climate Change Panel. 3 factors were cited as mostly responsible for this unprecedented rise; global economic growth, the global economy becoming more carbon intense, and a decline in the ocean and land’s ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. “Weakening lands and ocean sinks are contributing to the accelerating growth of atmospheric CO2” said co-author Chris Field.

Even scientists not involved with the research have cited that it contains information the public should be aware of, “Namely that concentrations of CO2 are increasing at much higher rates than previously expected and this is in spite of the Kyoto Protocol that is designed to hold them down in western countries.” said Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

According to the new study, carbon released from burning fossil fuel and making cement rose from 7.0 billion metric tons per year in 2000 to 8.4 billion metric tons in 2006. The growth rate increased from 1.3 percent per year in 1990-1999 to 3.3 percent per year in 2000-2006, the researchers added.

+ National Academy of Sciences

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