As nations, organizations, and individuals from across the globe are accelerating their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Climate-KIC has launched a new online CO2 meter in order to highlight current levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, how quickly lose levels are rising, and emphasize the urgency that’s needed to reduce these harmful emissions.
“We need to know the real size of the challenge and to be able to measure the success or otherwise of our efforts in reducing emissions and mitigating climate change. This new online CO2 meter is the latest step in making that information available to as many people as possible,” Jane Burston, leader of the Centre for Carbon Measurement at the National Physical Laboratory in London, said.
According to new figures released by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, CO2 levels were consistently reaching levels over 400 parts per million (PPM) this spring. Climate-KIC’s CO2 meter indicates just how close those levels are to reaching 450 PPM, the maximum level suggested by climate scientists beyond which the effects of climate change would be irreversible.
“CO2 levels are rising, it’s a fact,” said Richard Templer, director of Climate-KIC’s center in the United Kingdom. “Indeed the Global Carbon Project announced last month that Global emissions of greenhouse gases jumped 2.3% in 2013 to record levels. However, Climate-KIC and our broad network of partners are working hard to support and encourage the entrepreneurs, scientists and students inventing new technologies that will decrease the amount of CO2 that humans put into the atmosphere and thus avert disaster.”
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