CO2 Levels – Highest Ever over the Last 650,000 Years.

May 13th 2008 – A US report was released stating that the world carbon dioxide levels have reached the highest levels ever reached over the last 650,000 years. Scientists say the shift could indicate that the Earth is losing its natural ability to soak up billions of tonnes of CO2 each year. Martin Parry, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change‘s working group on impacts, said: “Despite all the talk, the situation is getting worse. Levels of greenhouse gases continue to rise in the atmosphere and the rate of that rise is accelerating. We are already seeing the impacts of climate change and the scale of those impacts will also accelerate, until we decide to do something about it.”
The Stern Review showed that scientific evidence of global warming was “overwhelming” and its consequences “disastrous”.  Nicholas Stern stated: “We have the time and knowledge to act but only if we act internationally, strongly and urgently.”
Our part of this international action needs to be meaningful. What we do as a municipality is absolutely symbolic to the private sector – we must continually be on the leading edge of, with the most progressive of policies such as we are suggesting under our ‘Clean Air for Children’ campaign.

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