As the UN Durban Climate Conference starts its second week CO2 levels are highest for 800,000 years, a new study suggests.
Scientific journal “Nature Climate Change” has warned world nations that the latest global warming figures are alarming. Levels last year were the highest in history, and statistics show 315,000 people could die due to climate change annually.
Norway is unprepared for emission induced weather changes, which could have negative health consequences, and affect on the transport system. The country has also seen a peak rise in its own emissions, been slammed by severe storms recently, with major flooding in several regions.
CO2 emissions increased in 2010 by 6 percent, approximately 1.9 gigatons, the biggest jump since 2003.
Glen Peters of the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research Oslo (CICERO) tells The Foreigner, “the 2008-09 financial crisis only reduced emissions by 1.4 percent, but this didn’t really change the trajectory. Last year’s rise of 5.9 percent means it’s business as usual.”
Countries contributing to most global emissions growth were China, the US, India, the Russian Federation, and the EU.
“For the past two years (2009 and 2010), emissions growth has been dominated by the emerging economies. As of 2009 developing countries now emit more than developed countries in terms of consumption, and China now emits more than the US in terms of consumption I believe 2011’s emission increase will be approximately 3 percent.”
Mr Peters concludes, “In terms of carbon dioxide emissions, it is as if the 2008-2009 Global Financial Crisis did not happen.”
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