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Greenhouse emissions grow with economy

The Local · 20 Dec 2010, 18:10

Published: 20 Dec 2010 18:10 GMT+01:00

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Hans-Joachim Ziesing, chairman of the Climate Policy Advisory Group to the city-state of Berlin, said early figures suggested output of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) had risen noticeably as the economy picked up.

The abysmal weather, with plummeting temperatures both at the start and the end of 2010, also contributed to the enlargement of Germany’s carbon footprint, Ziesing said.

“With the combination of a good economy and the intense cold we had two factors that have pushed up emissions,” said Ziesing, who has been charting German emissions for several years.

Overall, it had been about 15 percent colder this year than last year, he said. This pushed up the environmental cost of home-heating.

However, emissions still total less than they did in 2008, the year before the financial crisis, Ziesing said. The recession cut CO2 emissions by about 7 percent.

“We had a dramatic dent,” Ziesing said.

Nor was Germany’s commitment to the goals set by the Kyoto protocol in any serious danger despite the latest rise, he said. By the end of 2009, Germany’s emissions sat on about 25 percent less than 1990 emissions, according to official figures.

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Under its commitment to Kyoto, Germany must stay on average 21 percent below 1990 figures for the years between 2008 and 2012.

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19:31 December 20, 2010 by rfwilson
Given that manmade CO2 emissions account for less than 5% of the total (mostly natural) greenhouse warming effect, one really has to wonder about this the hysterical fixation of many people on "greenhouse emissions". It would make a lot more sense if people did a little checking the facts.

The basic facts are that the worst greenhouse gas, BY FAR, is water vapour. Water (in vapour form, and in liquid droplet form as clouds) accounts for nearly 80% of the earth's greenhouse warming effect. CO2 from all sources accounts for close to 20%, with manmade CO% making up only just under 1/4 of that.

That means that manmade CO2 is responsible for less than 5% of the earth's total greenhouse warming effect. This borders on insignificance... in fact, it is about the same as changes in the cyclical energy output from the sun! Yet we still pay attention to the "Global Warming Industry". Clearly, the Global Warming Emperor has no clothes!
08:10 December 21, 2010 by pepsionice
Once you explain that water vapor is a green house gas....people just start looking at you in amazement. If a bunch of fools want to go with this argument.....let's just rig up a pipe and start pumping water off the face the earth....to save mankind from global warming. That argument tends to shut people up in a hurry.

If you really want our wealth re-distributed....just say so....you don't have to cook up some science luck-charm game to keep people confused.
15:05 December 22, 2010 by ron1amr
When you have a panel of 120 climatologists confirming carbon dioxide is the coarse of global warming. Then you have non climatologist saying this is not the case then who are you going to believe? There is growing water vapor on Earth which is a problem as there is water vapor on Mars. The truth is you can have people say humans are not the cause of global warming (climate change) but in reality we are. It was a Dutch man that discovered global warming in the 70s. The Earth started heating more from the 90s From around the Iraq invasion (Bush senior) Along with population, burning down of rainforrests and an increase of humidity. This all points to the greenhouse effect. And don't use the argument of going back millions of years when the earth was still molten rock that has insignificance in what we are doing now. Whether you say the particles from volcanic activity throws more particles in the air but in time that breaks down. Where as with carbon dioxide from motor vehicles and aircraft doesn't (and is constant) People say yes the Earth is only raising .5 degree every year. But why in places like Vietnam the maximum temperature going back 20 years ago was 28 degrees but now it is reaching 40degree. The maximum temperature in most Countries are not much different but heat waves go on for much longer like weeks opposed to only a few days. When you study temperatures from nasa dating back from the 70s you will get a clear picture of the warming of the earth. Action needs to be taken in terms of wind, solar etc. Why is there a climate meeting every year. Politicians around the world know. Look up Bill Clinton for one thing. Just remember there is no debate about climate change amongst climatologists. Just from media and people who want to keep drilling for oil. But also remember oil companies have stopped paying people to lobby as a sceptic. Nasa say even if you stopped all emissions, it will still take the Earth 1,000 years to settle and go back to normal. Look up bbc and click environment. Look at the expected temperatures in the year 2,100 it is warm. So people lets make a change and I think it is up to individuals to take initiatives.
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