Carbon Emissions Reach Record High According to IEA
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), an estimated 31.6 gigatons of CO2 were released into the atmosphere in 2011, of which 45% was emitted by coal burning industries, 35% by burning oil-based products and 20% due to natural gas usage.
According to scientists, global temperatures have risen by around 1 debree Celsius over the last 150 years. However, despite what they are saying, this may not be entirely caused by us, as astronomers have measured temperature increases in all the planets of our solar system, so CO2 may increase rate of the rising temperatures, but it’s not causing it, so don’t believe it when you hear it.
Furthermore, according to IEA, the 2 degree Celsius mark will also be passed in a few years time, but it would mark the beginning of serious climate changes, which would severely affect our current way of life. Who or what provoked the rise in temperatures isn’t necessarily as important as the effects it’s going to have on our planet, with areas where water is already scarce becoming deserts and elsewhere, mass flooding would take place due to the melting ice caps. The future is indeed bleak, and frankly, despite some countries like the US reducing their carbon output by 1.7% in 2011 (92 megatons), it’s still too little, too late for us.
If we were to measure how much time we’ve got left before the inevitable happens, in human terms, we may not even see any real effects during our lifetime. However, the planet may be compromised for future generations and it may make the US government regret not sending people to Mars in the 1970, as the process of terraforming would have been underway by now, and we would have had a plan B if we eventually ruined the Earth.
Story via greenoptimistic.com