Time is rapidly running out for efforts to slow the impacts climate change on the ecosystem and its inhabitants, according to new research from the World Meteorological Organization, reported by the United Nations,
Levels of carbon dioxide (C02) surged at “record-breaking speed” to new highs in 2016, the United Nations weather agency announced on Monday.
Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), issued the warning in Geneva, at the launch of the organization’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.
The report indicates that carbon dioxide concentrations reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400 ppm in 2015.
“We have never seen such big growth in one year as we have been seeing last year in carbon dioxide concentration,” said Mr. Taalas, telling journalists that it is time for governments to fulfil the pledges they made in Paris in 2015 to take steps to reduce global warming.
And, just to go on record as to the cause of the rising level of carbon in the atmosphere, the UN report states,
Population growth, intensified agricultural practices, increases in land use and deforestation, industrialization and associated energy use from fossil fuel sources have all contributed to increases in concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere since the industrial, beginning in 1750.
With each report, the timeline to halt carbon dioxide increase lessens. Yet, despite record high temperatures and weather events in 2017, here in the U.S., urgency on climate is reserved for activists, with the bulk of American citizenry more concerned with consuming than salvation. With the race for Earth’s ecosystem survival on, and the finish line moving rapidly closer, the economic forces promoting unending growth and consumption must be stopped. Sustainability is our only hope.