World on the brink of runaway climate change: experts

31 May, 2011 by (comments)

Global carbon emissions have reached an all time high according to new research published this week.

The US Earth Systems Research Lab in Hawaii declared that carbon levels in the atmosphere peaked last week at 394.97ppm.

There is broad consensus among climate scientists that levels should be kept under 400ppm in order to prevent temperature rises of more than 2oC, which is regarded as the threshold for avoiding runaway global warming.

Just days ago the International Energy Agency also released figures showing 2010’s carbon emissions to be the highest recorded in history, a 5% increase on 2009 despite the economic decline in many countries caused by the global financial crisis.

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