Carbon Counting

In June 2009 Deutsche Bank in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched the Carbon Clock. The 70 foot high clock is opposite Pennsylvania station in the middle of New York. The clock measures, in real time, the amount of carbon, in metric tons, which is already in the atmosphere. In June 2009, the amount was 3.641 TRILLION tons. By hitting this link NOW you can see what it is today.             The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide has jumped by a record amount, according to the US department of energy. The  figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago. The world pumped about 564m more tons (512m metric tons) of carbon into the air in 2010 than it did in 2009, an increase of 6%.             Every second 800 metric tons of carbon are released into the atmosphere, in the time it took to write this sentence –  120,000 metric tons have been emitted. –  70,000,000 ( seventy million ) tons a day. –  25,500,000,000 (25 billion) metric tons per year. This is the “forcing” that the I.P.C.C. refers to in it’s reports. The global campaign by vested interests to cloud the issue is discussed in the first piece on this blog.       “The Climate denial Industry and Why Environmentalism is Failing.”


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