“Greenhouse gas levels rising at fastest rate since 1984” – BBC

“Concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere rose rapidly in 2013. A surge in atmospheric CO2 saw levels of greenhouse gases reach record levels in 2013, according to new figures. Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew at their fastest rate since 1984. The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says that it highlights the need for a global climate treaty. But the UK’s energy secretary Ed Davey said that any such agreement might not contain legally binding emissions cuts, as has been previously envisaged.

The WMO’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin doesn’t measure emissions from power station smokestacks but instead records how much of the warming gases remain in the atmosphere after the complex interactions that take place between the air, the land and the oceans. (…) “We must reverse this trend by cutting emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases across the board. We are running out of time.” Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the WMO, said.

Atmospheric CO2 is now at 142% of the levels in 1750, before the start of the industrial revolution.” (source BBC)

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http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29115845