AP reports: Greenhouse gas levels up in 2012

March 5, 2013 by Ken Ward Jr.

Here’s the latest, just out from Seth Borenstein at The Associated Press:

New federal figures show the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped dramatically in 2012, making it very unlikely that global warming can be limited to another 2 degrees. Many governments set a 2-degree increase as the upper limit.

Scientists say the rise in CO2 reflects the global economy revving up and burning more fossil fuels, especially in China.

U.S. government scientists report that carbon dioxide levels jumped by 2.67 parts per million for a total of just under 395 parts per million compared to 2011.

That’s the second highest rise in carbon emissions since records started being kept in 1959. Only 1998 had a bigger increase.

Scientists say hopes of limiting warming to 2 degrees are fading away to almost nothing.


5 Responses to “AP reports: Greenhouse gas levels up in 2012”

  1. armored face conveyor says:

    Tongue firmly in cheek, I note that this must be impossible since U.S. coal production and burn rates were sharply down in 2012 and we all know that it has only been the U.S.’s refusal to impose carbon limits that has caused global warming.
    Best Regards

  2. Rory McIlmoil says:

    AFC, this article/post refers to global levels of carbon dioxide, not just those from the US. Meaning that increased coal consumption in other parts of the world more than offset any declines here at home. And to a significant degree, apparently.

  3. armored face conveyor says:

    My point precisely. I do not see a reason to damage/destroy a U.S. industry when it will have precisely zero effect. The rest of the world will not quit burning coal because it is not in their best interests. Here is an interesting article about Europe and natural gas. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-12/europe-gas-carnage-shown-by-eon-closing-3-year-old-plant-energy.html
    Best Regards

  4. Soyedina says:

    AFC– you are saying, in effect, that when we know there is a cliff up ahead that we should put the pedal to the metal because the race is still on.

    I don’t think that makes good sense, but I do share your fatalism about other countries continuing to use coal no matter what the US does.

    We are very likely committed to a global +4 C for this century, with all the attendant effects, with little that can be done to stop it. I suppose that the one bright spot in this gloomy forecast is the enormous crow pie which will be (and is now being) served steaming hot to the science deniers.

    “I told you so” never makes anyone feel better and it will do exactly nothing to exacerbate geopolitical instability resulting from large migrations of climate refugees. We shall continue to live in interesting times, for sure.

  5. Soyedina says:

    errrr– “mitigate” not “exacerbate”


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