After posting my red cup meme image yesterday, I saw the new report below, so why not make another image showing an actual red problem that should be getting attention and controversy instead of festive cups??
A new report from the World Meteorological Organization shows that the global average concentration of carbon dioxide crossed above 400 parts per million for the first time in spring 2015. In spring 2014, carbon dioxide concentrations in the northern hemisphere crossed the symbolic 400 ppm level, but this is the first time it has been recorded as a GLOBAL AVERAGE.
“We will soon be living with globally averaged CO2 levels above 400 parts per million as a permanent reality,” Said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud
“We can’t see CO2. It is an invisible threat, but a very real one. It means hotter global temperatures, more extreme weather events like heatwaves and floods, melting ice, rising sea levels and increased acidity of the oceans. This is happening now and we are moving into uncharted territory at a frightening speed,” he said.
The New York Times also reported on the new WMO greenhouse gas bulletin that covers the 2014 data.
“This evidence shows us that the concentrations are increasing, and they are increasing with increasing rates,” said Oksana Tarasova, chief of the W.M.O.’s Atmospheric Environment Research Division. “This calls for urgent and very strong actions to limit the emission of those greenhouse gasses.”
But Dr. Tarasova noted that exceeding the 400 mark does not denote an immediate catastrophe.
“There is nothing magic about 400, it’s nothing better than 399 or 401,” she said. “This is like our obligation to ourselves, we’d like to not go over 400. It’s symbolic.” She said that surpassing the threshold “only shows that our commitments are not there.”
Image above includes the controversial red cup from Starbucks and a graph of carbon dioxide recording from NOAA showing CO2 going above 400 ppm. Based on my post from yesterday. I couldn’t find an updated graph showing global average above 400, this shows a northern hemisphere recording to Nov 2015 – and I think it gets the point across.