Federal report: Steep rise in greenhouse gases


The very shortsighted, very backward, very obstructionist GOP wants to eliminate the EPA, Rick Perry is struggling to remember the words "the Department of Energy", and it's all we could do to convince the State Department and President Obama that the tar sands pipeline would be "game over" for our planet, and now a new report comes out that should make them, and us, all queasy.

Via the L.A. Times:

Greenhouse gases are building at a steep rate in the atmosphere, the nation's top climate agency reported, renewing concern that global warming may be accelerating.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, which indexes the key gases known to trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere, rose 1.5% from 2009 to 2010, the agency reported.

The reported rise comes on top of an analysis by the Energy Department last week saying that global emissions of carbon dioxide, a key, long-lived greenhouse gas, had jumped by the biggest increment on record in 2010. The figures showed a 6% increase from the year before, a steeper rise than worst-case scenarios that had been laid out by climate experts four years before. [...] Carbon dioxide is the biggest contributor, the longest-lived and most abundant of the gases.

So remember, when you're out and about, don't breathe.