•   
  •   

US News Greenhouse gases accelerate to new peak in 2018, U.N. says

17:25  25 november  2019
17:25  25 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

In bleak report, U.N. says drastic action is only way to avoid worst effects of climate change

  In bleak report, U.N. says drastic action is only way to avoid worst effects of climate change In bleak report, U.N. says drastic action is only way to avoid worst effects of climate change . Already, 70 countries have told U.N. officials they plan to craft more ambitious national climate pledges in 2020 — even as some of the world’s largest emitters have yet to follow suit. Scores of private companies have set their own targets, vowing to investors to sharply cut their carbon footprints. A growing list of states and cities have pushed ahead with policies aimed at meeting the goals of the Paris accord, even as the U.S. government remains on the sidelines.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2018 , exceeding the average yearly increase of the last decade and reinforcing increasingly damaging weather patterns, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday. The U . N . agency’s Greenhouse Gas

GENEVA (Reuters) - Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2018 , exceeding the average yearly increase of the last decade and reinforcing increasingly damaging weather patterns, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday. The U . N . agency's Greenhouse Gas

a view of a large mountain in the background: A combination picture shows the Lower Grindelwald Glacier seen in Grindelwald in 1865 and in 2019 © Reuters/Denis Balibouse A combination picture shows the Lower Grindelwald Glacier seen in Grindelwald in 1865 and in 2019

By Emma Farge

GENEVA (Reuters) - Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2018, exceeding the average yearly increase of the last decade and reinforcing increasingly damaging weather patterns, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday.

The U.N. agency's Greenhouse Gas Bulletin is one of a series of studies to be published ahead of a U.N. climate change summit being held in Madrid next week, and is expected to guide discussions there. It measures the atmospheric concentration of the gases responsible for global warming, rather than emissions.

Carbon Dioxide Concentrations in Atmosphere Hit Record High, World Meteorological Organization Says

  Carbon Dioxide Concentrations in Atmosphere Hit Record High, World Meteorological Organization Says "It is worth recalling that the last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration of CO2 was 3-5 million years ago," WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said.Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere have reached a record high, new figures have shown.

The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere accelerated to a new high in 2018 , the World Meteorological Organization warned on Monday.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2018 , exceeding the average yearly increase of the last decade and reinforcing increasingly damaging weather patterns, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday. The U . N . agency’s Greenhouse Gas

a waterfall with a mountain in the background: Picture of the Gorner Glacier taken in 1863 is seen displayed in the same location in 2019 in Zermatt © Reuters/Denis Balibouse Picture of the Gorner Glacier taken in 1863 is seen displayed in the same location in 2019 in Zermatt "There is no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline, in greenhouse gases' concentration in the atmosphere - despite all the commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change," said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

"This continuing long-term trend means that future generations will be confronted with increasingly severe impacts of climate change, including rising temperatures, more extreme weather, water stress, sea level rise and disruption to marine and land ecosystems," said a summary of the report. 

Related: Places already affected by climate change (Photos)

The concentration of carbon dioxide, a product of burning fossil fuels that is the biggest contributor to global warming, surged from 405.5 parts per million in 2017 to 407.8 ppm in 2018, exceeding the average annual increase of 2.06 ppm in 2005-2015, the WMO report said.

Irrespective of future policy, carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for centuries, locking in warming trends.

  Greenhouse gases accelerate to new peak in 2018, U.N. says © Getty

"It is worth recalling that the last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration of CO2 was 3-5 million years ago," Taalas said.

"MORE HOPEFUL THAN I USED TO BE"

The annual increase in methane - a greenhouse gas that is more potent than CO2 but dissipates faster - was the highest since 1998, said the report, which includes data from dozens of sites as well as naval and aerial measurements.

Petteri Taalas wearing a suit and tie: WMO Secretary-General Taalas attends a news conference at the UN in Geneva © Reuters/DENIS BALIBOUSE WMO Secretary-General Taalas attends a news conference at the UN in Geneva

For nitrous oxide, which helps to erode the atmosphere's ozone layer and expose humans to harmful ultraviolet rays, it was the biggest increase ever recorded.

Related: Flooding across the globe (Photos)

Asked about the Madrid talks, which begin on Dec. 2, Taalas said there were some grounds for optimism.

"What is good news is the visibility of these issues is higher than ever," he told journalists. "So, personally, I'm more hopeful than I used to be 10 years ago, but of course we have to speed up the process."

a view of a mountain: A combination picture shows the Eiger, Guggi and Giesen Glaciers photographed near the Jungfrau between 1890 and 1900 and in 2019 © Reuters/Denis Balibouse A combination picture shows the Eiger, Guggi and Giesen Glaciers photographed near the Jungfrau between 1890 and 1900 and in 2019 The U.N. Environment Programme's (UNEP) annual "emissions gap" report, due on Tuesday, assesses whether countries’ emissions reduction policies are enough to meet agreed targets of limiting global warming to 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius (2.7 to 3.6 Fahrenheit).

Petteri Taalas wearing a suit and tie: WMO Secretary-General Taalas attends a news conference at the UN in Geneva © Reuters/DENIS BALIBOUSE WMO Secretary-General Taalas attends a news conference at the UN in Geneva Last week, a report co-authored by UNEP showed that major fossil fuel producers are set to bust global environmental goals with their coal, oil and gas extraction in the next decade.

Later on Monday, a majority of European Union lawmakers were hoping to symbolically declare a "climate emergency" during a debate on the Madrid conference, to increase pressure on the incoming EU executive to take a stronger leading role in the fight against climate change.

a view of the side of a mountain: A combination picture shows the Aletsch Glacier as it was in 1865 and in 2019 © Reuters/Denis Balibouse A combination picture shows the Aletsch Glacier as it was in 1865 and in 2019

MSN UK is committed to Empowering the Planet and taking urgent action to protect our environment. We’re supporting Friends of the Earth to help solve the climate crisis - please give generously here or find out more about our campaign here.

(Reporting by Emma Farge; editing by Stephanie Nebehay and Kevin Liffey)

North Korea Rebuffs Latest Trump Advance .
North Korea rejected the idea of another nuclear summit that “gives us nothing,” after President Trump had urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by tweet to “act quickly, get the deal done”—and closed with, “See you soon!” Mr. Chairman, Joe Biden may be Sleepy and Very Slow, but he is not a “rabid dog.” He is actually somewhat better than that, but I am the only one who can get you where you have to be. You should act quickly, get the deal done. See you soon! https://t.co/kO2k14lTf7— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019North Korea has escalated threats in recent weeks to cut off negotiations with the U.S.

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!