Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/13/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Global emissions continued to soar unchecked, in spite of scientist's warnings

The concentration of climate-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has passed the milestone level of 400 parts per million. This milestone has ominous implications for humanity and civilization, as the last time this was true, the Arctic was ice-free, savannah spread across the Sahara desert and sea level was up to 40 meters higher than today.

This level of carbon dioxide has not been seen on Earth for three to five million years, a period called the Pliocene. At that time, global average temperatures were 3 or 4C higher than today's and 8C warmer at the poles.

This level of carbon dioxide has not been seen on Earth for three to five million years, a period called the Pliocene. At that time, global average temperatures were 3 or 4C higher than today's and 8C warmer at the poles.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/13/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Pliocene, carbon dioxide, climate change, civilization


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Nuclear war, fanciful pandemics and a meteor colliding with earth have all taken a back seat to climate change. Researchers have declared that unless emissions of CO2 from the burning of coal, gas and oil are rapidly curtailed, mankind will be doomed. In spite of these warnings, global emissions have continued to soar unchecked.

"The passing of this milestone is a significant reminder of the rapid rate at which - and the extent to which - we have increased the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," Professor Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says. "At the beginning of industrialization the concentration of CO2 was just 280 ppm. We must hope that the world crossing this milestone will bring about awareness of the scientific reality of climate change and how human society should deal with the challenge."

Many believe that the level beyond which catastrophic warming is thought to become unstoppable has already been reached. The International Energy Agency warned in 2012 that on current emissions trends the world will see 6C of warming, a level scientists warn would lead to chaos. "This isn't just a symbolic milestone; it's yet another piece of clear scientific evidence of the effect human activity is having on our planet," Edward Davey, the U.K.'s energy and climate change secretary says. "I've made clear I will not let up on efforts to secure the legally binding deal the world needs by 2015 to avoid the worst effects of climate change."

Data released last week proved the daily average has passed 400 ppm for the first time in its half century of recording. The level peaks in May each year as the CO2 released by decaying vegetation is taken up by renewed plant growth in the northern hemisphere, where the bulk of plants grow.

This level has not been seen on Earth for three to five million years, a period called the Pliocene. At that time, global average temperatures were 3 or 4C higher than today's and 8C warmer at the poles. Reef corals suffered a major extinction while forests grew up to the northern edge of the Arctic Ocean, a region which is today bare tundra.

With the rapid acceleration of CO2, perhaps 75 times faster than in pre-industrial time has never been seen in geological records and some effects of climate change are already being seen. Recent wet and cold summer weather in Europe has been linked to changes in the high level jet stream winds.

"We are creating a prehistoric climate in which human societies will face huge and potentially catastrophic risks," Bob Ward, policy director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics says. "Only by urgently reducing global emissions will we be able to avoid the full consequences of turning back the climate clock by 3 million years."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Technology

Technology helps brain damaged musician create music for the first time in 27 years Watch

Image of Rosemary Johnson suffered brain damage and was unable to play her violin - until now (Plymouth University).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

After a car crash that left her with a serious brain injury, violinist Rosemary Johnson was unable to play her beautiful music again - until now. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Telegraph, Johnson's accident put her in a 7-month coma and left her ... continue reading


Missile to smash incoming nuclear weapons successfully tested in California Watch

Image of Much work remains to be done, as Lockheed martin, Boeing, and Raytheon are working on different parts of the redesign. Photo courtesy Zuma/Shutterstock/REX.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

While people packed movie theaters to see the latest installment of the "Star Wars" saga, an example of former president Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" missile defense project was successfully tested over the skies of Central California. The "Exoatmospheric Kill ... continue reading


Is a world without car crashes possible? Volvo says so! Watch

Image of A world without traffic fatalities or accidents? Volvo says that's as close as the year 20202. Photo courtesy of Volvo.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Can anyone truly imagine a futuristic world where there are no traffic accidents and no traffic fatalities? Swedish carmaker Volvo is making that bold claim, and that world is as close as the year 2020. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Volvo representatives ... continue reading


Caltech astronomers locate orbit of Planet X, but no planet -- yet Watch

Image of The orbit of Planet X has been inferred from how it affects other bodies, in the distant solar system.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists have concluded that a ninth planet orbits the Sun, and it is very likely to be large, but extremely distant. Their conclusions are based on its influence on other objects far beyond the orbit of Neptune. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Two Caltech ... continue reading


Scientist develops method to manipulate gravity. Are gravity weapons next?! Watch

Image of Gravity occurs naturally and is bent by massive objects. But what if we developed the means to create gravity ourselves, turning it off and on?

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A scientist has developed a method to manipulate gravity, at least theoretically. Furthermore, we could accomplish his vision using existing technology. Such a breakthrough could eventually lead to large-scale manipulation of gravity, but to what effect? LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


Flushless, futuristic toilet recycles waste to produce fresh water Watch

Image of Nanotechnology is the science of creating and working with materials about one nanometer wide, or one-billionth of a meter.

By Magdalena Mis, Thomson Reuters Foundation

A toilet that does not need water, a sewage system, or external power but instead uses nanotechnology to treat human waste, produce clean water, and keep smells at bay is being developed by a British university. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The ... continue reading


You won't believe your eyes! World's first drone can fly itself -and you Watch

Image of The EHang 184 was formally introduced at this year's Consumer Electronic Show (Steven Tweedie/Business Insider).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The EHang 184 was unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronic Show and is the world's first self-driving electrical aerial vehicle. It is designed to fly individuals short distances at low altitudes without the necessity for its passenger to control it. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


STICKER SHOCK! Oculus Rift arrives, why you'll need to buy flowers to use it Watch

Image of Oculus Rift costs $599, which means you'll need to buy flowers for your spouse before you can strap the headset on for some serious gaming.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Virtual reality arrived in the mainstream consumer market today, but the sticker shock has many gasping for their breath, and clutching their wallets. The much anticipated Oculus Rift headset opened for preorders today and will ship in late March and Early April. ... continue reading


We won't survive the robot revolution with $15/hr jobs Watch

Image of The first prototypes are already built--and working flawlessly. It's just a matter of adoption now.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Within just two decades, most of our jobs will be taken over by robots. What will happen as the world undergoes the biggest economic shift since the industrial revolution? There are two possibilities, but the time to choose is now. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) ... continue reading


Filipino priest chastised for riding hoverboard during worship Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The year's most wanted Christmas gift, the two-wheeled Hoverboard has wound itself throughout popular culture. While a popular item, a priest in the Philippines was soundly chastised for riding one during Christmas service. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • St. Apollonia: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, February 09, 2016
  • 10 important things to consider during Lent
  • Daily Readings for Tuesday, February 09, 2016
  • Daily Reading for Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 HD Video
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?
  • Stations of the Cross - Series HD Video
  • MAKE YOURSELF COUNT! Complete this quick Ash Wednesday survey

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Kings 8:1-7, 9-13
1 Solomon then summoned the elders of Israel to Jerusalem to bring the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 132:6-7, 8-10
6 Listen, we heard of it in Ephrathah, we found it at ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 6:53-56
53 Having made the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 8th, 2016 Image

St. Jerome Emiliani
February 8: Jerome Emiliani lay chained in the dark dirty ... Read More