The head of the UN’s weather agency has warned that record levels of CO2 are set to push the earth’s climate into a new “permanent reality”.
The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached another new record high in 2014, continuing a rise which is fuelling climate change and will make the planet more dangerous and inhospitable for future generations, according to The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.
It stated that between 1990 and 2014 there was a 36 per cent increase in radiative forcing – the warming effect on our climate – because of long-lived greenhouse gases such as CO2, methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) from industrial,agricultural and domestic activities.
The record concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere were up 143 per cent since pre-industrial times, said the WMO, prompting its secretary general Michel Jarraud to say immediate action was needed to cut CO2 emissions.
“We will soon be living with globally averaged CO2 levels above 400 parts per million as a permanent reality.”
“This is happening now and we are moving into unchartered territory at a frightening speed.”