From Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/06/greenhouse-gas-emissions-highs_n_4223800.html
* Carbon dioxide, methane volumes grew faster in 2012
* World temperatures to rise 2 degrees by mid-century
* UN conference in Warsaw to seek new emissions pact (Adds detail, background, quotes)
By Tom Miles
GENEVA, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Atmospheric volumes of greenhouse gases blamed for climate change hit a new record in 2012, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Wednesday.
“For all these major greenhouse gases the concentrations are reaching once again record levels,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud told a news conference in Geneva at which he presented the U.N. climate agency’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin .
Jarraud said the accelerating trend was driving climate change, making it harder to keep global warming to within 2 degrees Celsius, a target agreed at a Copenhagen summit in 2009.
“This year is worse than last year, 2011. 2011 was worse than 2010,” he said. “Every passing year makes the situation somewhat more difficult to handle, it makes it more challenging to stay under this symbolic 2 degree global average.”
Greenhouse gas emissions are set to be 8-12 billion tonnes higher in 2020 than the level needed to keep global warming below 2 degrees, the U.N. Environment Programme said on Tuesday.
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