Latest figures released from measurements taken from air samples make for sobering reading.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 as many global leaders have hoped.
Scientists say the rise in CO2 reflects the world’s economy revving up and burning more fossil fuels, especially in China – even though they have declined in the U.S. and other places, in part through conservation and cleaner energy. More coal-burning power plants, especially in the developing world, are the main reason emissions keep going up.
At the same time, plants and the world’s oceans which normally absorb some carbon dioxide, last year took in less than they do on average. Plant and ocean absorption of carbon varies naturally year to year.
In 2009, the world’s nations agreed on a voluntary goal of limiting global warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit over pre-industrial temperature levels. Since the mid-1800s temperatures haven already risen about 1.5 degrees. Current pollution trends translate to another 2.5 to 4.5 degrees of warming within the next several decades.
Scientists track carbon pollution both by monitoring what comes out of factories and what winds up in the atmosphere. Both are rising at rates faster than worst-case scenarios that climate scientists used in their most recent international projections.
That means harmful effects of climate change will happen sooner.
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What can we as churches do? Tear fund have an excellent short video which you can show in your church, which is called ‘Dried up and drowned out”. It describes the problem and the impact on the most vulnerable of this world , but also gives some practical suggestions as to what can be done.