|FROM ||Mike Richardson - NYLXS PRESIDENT
|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] Bikini Sale!
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On Tue, 12 Oct 2004, Ruben Safir wrote:
> Greenhouse Gas Jump Spurs Global Warming Fears
> Mon 11 October, 2004 16:29
> By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent
> OSLO (Reuters) - An unexplained jump in greenhouse gases since 2002
> might herald a catastrophic acceleration of global warming if it becomes
> a trend, scientists said on Monday.
> But they said the two-year leap might be an anomaly linked, for
> instance, to forest fires in Siberia or a freak hot summer in Europe in
> 2003 rather than a portent of runaway climate change linked to human
> disruption of the climate system.
> "There have been two years where the rise of carbon dioxide (CO2) has
> been faster than average," said Richard Betts, Manager for Ecosystems
> and Climate Impacts at Britain's Hadley Center.
> "We shouldn't get alarmist about this ... If it lasted for more than
> about five years you'd start to get worried," he said.
> Carbon dioxide levels, the main gas blamed for blanketing the planet and
> pushing up temperatures since the Industrial Revolution, have risen by
> more than two parts per million (ppm) in the past two years against a
> recent rate of about 1.5 ppm.
> Scientists said the figures were confirmed at sites including Mauna Loa,
> Hawaii, west Ireland or the Norwegian Arctic island of Svalbard, about
> 1,300 km (800 miles) miles from the North Pole. The rise was less in the
> southern hemisphere.
> "CO2 levels are up about two ppm in the past two years -- but it would
> be pushing it to say that it could be the start of runaway global
> warming," said Kim Holmen, senior scientist at the Norwegian Institute
> for Air Research (NILU).
> The rise in the past two years is quicker than mapped out in U.N.
> projections to the year 2100 based on increased human use of fossil
> fuels like coal, oil or gas. Higher temperatures could trigger
> everything from desertification to rising sea levels.
> PLANTS ABSORB CO2
> On Svalbard, CO2 levels have varied in 2004 from 365-385 ppm, Holmen
> said. The level is lowest in summer, when plants absorb CO2 as they
> grow. Organisms from plants to animals emit CO2 when they breathe and
> the oceans and soil also trap CO2.
> A background fear is that extra human emissions, by cars, factories and
> power plants, may be blunting the planet's ability to absorb CO2. In the
> worst case, that could lead to a runaway warming.
> "These results are deeply worrying, and indicate that the battle against
> global climate change could be even more pressing than was previously
> thought," echoed Cathrine Pearce, Friends of the Earth International's
> climate campaigner.
> "It's a worrying sign," said Steve Sawyer, climate policy director at
> environmental group Greenpeace.
> U.N. scientists project that average temperatures will rise by 1.4 to
> 5.8 C (3 to 11 F) by 2100 because of human impact on the climate.
> Temperatures have already risen by 0.8C since the Industrial Revolution
> in tandem with a 30 percent rise in CO2 levels.
> The U.N.'s Kyoto protocol, likely to come into force in coming months
> with Russian help after a U.S. pullout in 2001, obliges developed
> nations to cut their carbon dioxide emissions by 5.2 percent below 1990
> levels by
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