01 Jun '11, 12pm

Record carbon emissions show world has not been listening to a thing we’ve said

Despite a global recession, high oil prices, a growing awareness of the seriousness of carbon emissions, those reusable grocery bags you bought, and constant scolding from Grist et al., the world managed to put out a record amount of greenhouse gases last year. The International Energy Agency estimates that burning fossil fuels added 30 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere in 2010. That makes it tough stay below a global temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F), which scientists say is the threshold for making everything go seriously cockeyed. It might even mean we see temperature rises of 4 degrees C by 2100, at which point our best bet is probably to evolve into something with inch-thick skin that breathes smog. But as grim as it sounds, nothing is f*cked, Dude -- at least, not completely, not yet. With “bold, decisive, and urgent action” ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-31-record-carbon-emissi...

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