CO2 global average crosses symbolic 400 ppm mark – #climate #redcups #realredproblems #COP21

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??
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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.

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President Obama at UN Climate Summit – double fangirl #ActOnClimate

President Obama spoke at the United Nations Climate Summit today and outlined US efforts to combat climate change and rallied for all nations to work together to combat climate change.

The alarm bells keep ringing; our citizens keep marching. We can’t pretend we can’t hear them. We need to answer the call. We need to cut carbon emission in our countries to prevent worse effects, adapt and work together as a global community to tackle this global threat before it is too late.

We can only succeed in combating climate change if we are joined in this effort by every nation, developed and developing alike. Nobody gets a pass.

Obama’s 2014 UN Climate Summit Speech – President Obama’s speech at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit in New York City.

Leo DiCaprio kills it at the UN Climate Summit – Fangirl moment! #ActOnClimate #CWNYC

Leonardo DiCaprio spoke today at the United Nations Climate Summit! In case you missed it, the video is below! I have pasted my favorite quotes from Leo’s speech here:

I’m honored to be here today, I stand before you not as an expert but as a concerned citizen, one of the 400,000 people who marched in the streets of New York on Sunday, and the billions of others around the world who want to solve our climate crisis.

Every week
, we’re seeing new and undeniable Climate Events, evidence that accelerated Climate Change is here now. We know that droughts are intensifying, our oceans are warming and acidifying, with methane plumes rising up from beneath the ocean floor. We are seeing extreme weather events, increased temperatures, and the West Antarctic and Greenland ice-sheets melting at unprecedented rates, decades ahead of scientific projections.

None of this is rhetoric, and none of it is hysteria. It is fact. The scientific community knows it, Industry and Governments know it, even the United States military knows it. The Chief of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear, recently said that Climate Change is our single greatest security threat.

I am not a scientist, but I don’t need to be. Because the world’s scientific community has spoken, and they have given us our prognosis, if we do not act together, we will surely perish.

Now is our moment for action

Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2014 UN Climate Summit Speech – Leonardo DiCaprio’s opening remarks at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit in New York City.

UN Climate Summit TODAY! Watch live or follow on social media! #Climate2014 #CWNYC

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The United Nations Climate Summit is going on today. See links below to watch live video, or follow on social media. Also check out more events as part of Climate Week NYC, which coincides with the Climate Summit.

WATCH
All sessions will be webcast live at: http://webtv.un.org
FOLLOW
The latest announcements will be tweeted at http://www.twitter.com/climate2014live
Follow updates on the UN twitterfacebooktumblr and instagram accounts
Follow the conversation online with the#climate2014 hash tag
READ
Statements from Member States will be posted here

Ready for Climate Week NYC and the People’s Climate March?? Get psyched with 24 hours of Climate Reality tomorrow! #CWNYC #24HoursOfReality

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September 22- 28 starts the sixth annual Climate Week NYC, coinciding with the United Nations Climate Summit.

The Climate Group, this year with CDP, is proud to convene the sixth Climate Week NYC, from September 22-28. Climate Week NYC is also the collaborative space for all events in support of the UN Climate Summit. We will be home to around 100 events, activities and high-profile meetings taking place across NYC.

Tomorrow will get you excited for Climate Week by starting with the multimedia event, 24 hours of Climate Reality, by the Climate Reality Project. And don’t forget about the People’s Climate March on Sept 21! CauseScience will be posting lots of updates and info all week!

Join us for 24 Hours of Reality, the fourth annual live-streamed multimedia show dedicated to sparking action on climate change. Broadcasting September 16-17, we will share 24 reasons to be hopeful about our future, and encourage everyone around the world to commit to a day of climate action.

Be part of the solution and tune in with your community to 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope to learn why we’re hopeful for our future. You’ll learn what you can do to solve the climate crisis, discover new solutions from fellow Climate Reality Leaders on their home turf, hear from celebrities, and so much more.

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