Monday, December 19, 2016

In case you were wondering ...

You'll notice in the graphic that the richer a country becomes, the greater their CO2 emissions per person. The richest 10% of folks produce about half of the CO2, and the rest of the world produces much less per person.

As we address quality of life issues worldwide, the increase in emissions for all is projected to rise to the common levels we see in the developed countries.

The remaining question is the degree of impact our CO2 emissions will have on the world climate system. While the debate continues, the evidence accumulates.  You might appreciate Modeling Sustainability by an objective group focused more on facts than interpretation.  Do your own research of the facts.

Fake science.  A friend offered this
as a rebuttal.  😃  Lack of information,
lack of inquiry, lack of understanding.

Mount Aetna does not produce 10,000 times more CO2 than all of mankind, despite the fake memes. All the world's volcanoes produce about 200 million tons of emissions each year which seems like a lot until you see that humans produce more than a hundred times that amount.  
Actual measurement: volcanoes vs. humans

An indication that human emissions dwarf those of volcanoes is the fact that atmospheric CO2 levels, as measured by sampling stations around the world set up by the federally funded Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, have gone up consistently year after year regardless of whether or not there have been major volcanic eruptions in specific years. “If it were true that individual volcanic eruptions dominated human emissions and were causing the rise in carbon dioxide concentrations, then these carbon dioxide records would be full of spikes—one for each eruption.  Instead, such records show a smooth and regular trend.” ~Coby Beck, writing for

Interestingly, COlevels and climate have been closely linked for thousands of years, and now we're contributing more than the volcanoes. Much more.  See the report.