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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 02:55 PM

Meanwhile...Carbon Pollution Up to 2 Million Pounds a Second


The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by 3 percent. So scientists say it’s now unlikely that global warming can be limited to a couple degrees, which is an international goal.

The overwhelming majority of the increase was from China, the world’s biggest carbon dioxide polluter. Of the planet’s top 10 polluters, the United States and Germany were the only countries that reduced their carbon dioxide emissions.

Last year, all the world’s nations combined pumped nearly 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, according to new international calculations on global emissions published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. That’s about a billion tons more than the previous year.

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So, while the Gopers and the Centrists are considering how the rest of us will have to be austere, the world burns. Drill, baby, drill.

And, I don't recall this little gem getting a lot of play yet:

Study on rising sea levels likely confirms existence of global warming


A newly released study finds that ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are disappearing three times faster than they were two decades ago, the latest evidence supporting the existence of global warming.

The study was published in the journal Science and is considered an extremely accurate portrayal of ice melts in these polar regions. According to the paper’s authors, the rapid polar ice melting has caused an increase in sea level that may become problematic to low coastal regions.

Perhaps the most alarming data found by the researchers was in Greenland where the ice was melting an estimated five times the rate it was in the mid-1990s. Melt from Greenland accounted for a whopping two-thirds of the polar ice melt. Due to a slower melt rate, just one-third of the world’s melted ice came from Antarctica, despite being larger in size than Greenland.

The published data was collected by 47 experts over the span of two decades. The journal article compiled results taken from 50 separate ice melt studies around the world and is the first of its kind. Erik Ivins of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Andrew Shepherd, a professor at the University of Leeds, led the massive project and coordinated the dozens of scientists involved.

Shepherd estimates that the data compiled in the new study is two to three times more reliable than previous studies on melting ice and rising sea-level. The current go-to report on this subject, which is used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, was created in 2007.

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