• Air monitoring research reveals rise in CO2

Air Monitoring

Air monitoring research reveals rise in CO2

Dec 08 2009

A report compiled by a group of international scientists has revealed that atmospheric CO2 levels have risen by two per cent over the past 50 years.

The discovery is important, as it indicates that the world's carbon sinks have not been able to absorb as much carbon dioxide as is being produced in order to keep levels steady, the researchers said.

Professor Ian Woodward, who was involved in the research, commented: "Although the land carbon sink has been gradually increasing over the last 50 years, it is very sensitive to changes in climate. This decline in efficiency will inevitably lead to an increase in the CO2 emissions […] in the atmosphere."

The paper also found that global CO2 emissions caused by fossil fuels increased by 29 per cent between 2000 and 2008.

Lead author of the report, Professor Corinne Le Quere, stated that a substantial reduction in worldwide carbon dioxide output is the only way to control climate change.

She added that more research was needed to fully understand the role that carbon sinks play in CO2 absorption.

Scientists from the University of Bristol released data earlier this month which indicated that the earth's climate system is more sensitive to atmospheric CO2 levels than previously thought.

Posted by Claire Manning

Digital Edition

IET 33.6 Nov/Dec 2023

December 2023

In This Edition STA Annual Guide - Read it Here Water/Wastewater - Continuous remote water quality monitoring networks Environmental Laboratory - The Important Role of ICP-MS in Unde...

View all digital editions


Biogas Convention & Trade Fair 2023

Dec 12 2023 Nuremberg, Germany

Water India

Jan 17 2024 New Delhi, India

Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference 2024

Jan 22 2024 Port of Spain, Trinidad

Safety, Health & Wellbeing LIVE

Jan 23 2024 Manchester, UK

Bio360 Expo

Jan 24 2024 Nantes, France

View all events