Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Carbon Spike - time is running out to stop the human greenhouse

There is still time to act on climate change; but it is running out fast.

Figures released this week have shown carbon dioxide emissions have reached their highest level in human history, with a sharp rise last year in spite of the worldwide recession. Climate scientists now doubt that we will be able to keep warming to below the 2C increase which is seen as the tipping point towards runaway climate change, and other research this week has warned that the complete melting of the thinning Arctic ice shelf will lead to a new tipping point within two decades as the heat previously reflected back into space by the white ice instead gets absorbed into the seas.

Urgent action is required - Germany's target of 50% renewable energy by 2030 and Scotland's 100% renewable electricity by 2020 targets show that it is technologically possible. All that is needed is the political will to act - and we all have a part to play in making that happen, whoever we are and wherever we are.

We won't save the Earth - but it is not at risk. We are.

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