GHG is up says weathermen

If melting polar ice caps and increasing hurricanes and tornadoes do not convince skeptics of earth’s rising temperature, maybe the high tech gadgets and scientific views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) could do the trick.

According to NOAA scientists, the global levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the primary driver of global climate change, increased by 0.6 percent, or 19 billion tons last year alone. The burning of oil, coal and gas is the primary source of increasing CO2 emissions, the group reported.

The levels of methane, which is 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas (GHG) than carbon dioxide was said to have risen for the first time since 1998.

“Rapidly growing industrialization in Asia and rising wetland emissions in the Arctic and tropics are the most likely causes of the recent methane increase,” said scientist Ed Dlugokencky from NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory.

Consulting firm KPMG reported that 62% of major oil and gas executives interviewed did not believe that global warming was caused by CO2 emission, as posted from my colleague Barbara Ortner’s blog, Chemicals Confidential.

I guess they’re looking at the wrong chart and seeing oil and gas price rise instead of the rise of greenhouse gas.





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