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Global Greenhouse Gas Levels Hit New Record

On Tuesday the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported in its Greenhouse Gas Bulletin that the volume of atmospheric greenhouse gases hit a new record in 2011. Carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, reached a level of 390.9 parts per million (ppm) in 2011, or 140 percent of pre-industrial levels. The WMO estimates that since 1750 about 413 billion…

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Carbon emissions drop to a 20-year low due to less coal and mild winter

Carbon Emissions in U.S. at 20-Year Low

Carbon emissions from energy generation in the United States dropped to a 20-year low for the first quarter of 2012. According to the most recent figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) emissions for the January-March period were 1.134 billion metric tons, down 8 percent for the same period last years. According to the report, several factors were at play…

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Plants are hard at work absorbing carbon

New Study Shows Plants Absorb Carbon From Atmosphere Faster Than Perviously Thought

New research just published in the journal Nature say that plants, trees, and soil are absorbing carbon about 25 percent faster than scientists previously thought. A team of scientists headed-up by Lisa Welp-Smith of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have developed a new, more accurate, method of determining how much plants absorb and release carbon. The study estimates that global…

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Global CO2 Emissions Reach All-Time High, Rising More Than 5 Percent in 2010 to Close Out Past 20 Years

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reached an all-time high in 2010, rising 45% in the past 20 years. Rising rapidly between 1990 and 2010, global atmospheric CO2 levels totaled 33 billion metric tons last year, according to a report published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.

Amazon Has Second 100-Year-Drought in Five Years – May Soon Become Carbon Emitter

Amazon drought may shift region from carbon sink to carbon emitter Typically, the Amazon rainforest acts as a carbon sink, absorbing on average 1.5 billion metric tons of CO2 annually. Researchers in the UK and Brazil are now concerned that the role of, the Amazon may turn to an emitter of carbon emitter due to changing conditions in the region….

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