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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reached New Highs In 2012, World Meteorological Organization Says

November 8, 2013

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By Tom Miles

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.


The WMO bulletin said the volume of carbon dioxide, or CO2,  the primary greenhouse gas emitted by human activities, grew  faster in 2012 than in the previous decade, reaching 393.1 parts  per million (ppm), 41 percent above the pre-industrial level.

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