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CO2 in atmosphere has been up 24% in 50 years from 310 to 384 (1958 – 2009); upper limit is 350 ppm, realtime evident indicator

Global warming is mainly the result of CO2 levels rising in the Earth’s atmosphere. Both atmospheric CO2 and climate change are accelerating. Climate scientists say we have years, not decades, to stabilize CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

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To see whether enough is being done at the moment to solve these global problems, there is no single indicator as complete and current as the monthly updates for atmospheric CO2 from the Mauna Loa Observatory. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the chief greenhouse gas that results from human activities & CO2 levels rising in the Earth’s atmosphere causes global warming and climate change. Both atmospheric CO2 and climate change are accelerating. Climate scientists say we have YEARs, not decades, to stabilize CO2 and other greenhouse gases. To help the world succeed, CO2Now.org makes it easy to see the most current CO2 level and what it means. So, use Earth's CO2 Home Page & keep an eye on CO2.

To signal that time is running out for a warming planet, French activists clutched alarm clocks and mobile phones at a protest at the Bourse, the former stock exchange in central Paris.  read more »

Copenhagen. Protest & climate call... "We're heading toward catastrophic consequences that'll be irreversible," Kofi Annan

Right: Kofi Atta Annan, the 7th Secretary-General of United Nations from 1997 to 2007, and the UN were co-recipients of 2001 Nobel Peace Prize; Left: Overflowing dam in Dindi, India, Oct. 1, 2009. Torrential rains destroyed hundreds of homes and caused heavy flooding, forcing thousands to flee to higher ground. The late monsoon flooding also damaged roads and inundated rice crops over an area of nearly 120 square miles.

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Unless we take steps to arrest climate change, we are heading toward catastrophic consequences that will be irreversible. With changing rain patterns, we have a serious problem of food production. Diseases are moving faster and farther. How do we get governments to act cooperatively in the common interest? We saw a bit of that during the financial crisis. Now that some people are rushing ahead and saying we are out of the crisis, we are falling back on the old habits of protecting our national interests.

in the United Kingdom capital London, 20,000 people took to the streets calling for climate action  read more »

Faster than predicted: Himalayan glacier'll disappear..endanger water resource. Nepal: world highest Cabinet meeting at Everest

Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal raises his hand in support of a document highlighting the negative impacts of global warming on Nepal's Himalayas during a special cabinet meeting in Kalapathar, a flat area at an altitude of 17,192 feet (5,250 meters) next to Everest base camp, in Nepal, Friday, Dec. 4, 2009

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Faster than predicted: Himalayan glacier decapitated, endangers water resources

Energy companies remove the tops of entire mountains. Now it turns out humanity’s use of that coal is removing the tops of entire glaciers. Climate models have repeatedly underestimated the speed and scale of major climate change impacts. That is why climate scientists - and indeed everyone but the blinkered deniers - are increasingly desperate that the we cut emissions sharply and quickly.

Mount Everest: The rise in global temperatures could result in the Himalayan glaciers disappearing within 30 years. UN experts say glaciers in the Himalayas could all be gone by 2035.  read more »

Leader's vision & commitment. Oscar Arias & Costa Rica: planted 6.5 million trees by 2008 while spending $0 on military

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias shoveled dirt onto the roots of an oak tree planted in the grounds of his offices, reaching the milestone in the Central American nation's efforts to ward off what some experts say are the first signs of climate change.

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Costa Rican President Oscar Arias planted the 5 millionth tree of the year near his office in the capital San Jose, By the end of 2007, Costa Rica has planted nearly 6.5 million trees, which should absorb 111,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. The goal for 2008 was to plant 7 million trees as part of the newly launched project in order to make the biodiversity nation carbon neutral. Costa Rica constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949.

Left: ’Vines had grown up and over a dead tree to form a heart shape.  I realized then that this heart is a symbol of Costa Rica.  Costa Ricans have put so much effort into saving their rainforest and their land.  Preservation is one of the main focuses for the Costa Rican people.  The rainforest really is where their heart is.’; Right: Arenal volcano spits lava on a regular basis.  read more »

Dubai's 59-billion debt from artificial modernity, free-spending & consuming while depleting what nature provides

the city-state Dubai

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"This came as a big shock" – that Dubai is in debt by 59 billion and might not be able to pay its bills sent a wave of uncertainty rippling through markets just as investors thought the worst of the global financial instability was over. Once, Dubai was "like the new beacon for all the world's money" [HOME, the 2009 documentary]... "Dubai has endless sun, but no solar panels. It is the totem of total modernity that never fails to amaze the world. Nothing seems further removed from nature than Dubai, although nothing depends on nature more than Dubai. Dubai is a sort of culmination of the western model - we haven't understood that we're depleting what nature provides."

the four towers, ranging from 54 to 97 floors, are clustered to form a choreographed sculpture

2009 Docu- mentary Film: HOME  read more »

Greenland ice melting 3 times faster, loss of vast ice sheet & weight affects Earth gravitational pull; Kiribati to be submerged

crisis in our climate as fossil carbon in atmosphere is unbalancing self-regulatory processes of the climate system...significant melting of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets will increase absorption of sun's radiation and spur further warming

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Greenland ice cap melting at triple the rate of just a decade ago

Greenland ice cap is disappearing at the rate of 300 Lake Windermeres a year. More than 273 gigatons of water is now pouring into the oceans annually, raising sea levels by nearly a millimeter every year, satellite imaging has shown. Such is the change in the vast ice sheet that the loss of weight is actually changing its affect on the earth's gravitational pull, the study in Science claims. One gigaton could provide enough water for 17 million people in Britain and is the volume of Lake Windermere, Britain's biggest water mass.

High tides recently cut off the Boca Grande section of Cartagena, in Colombia. Scientists say Latin American cities are at higher risk because sea levels will rise most near the equator.  read more »

Tiny vs mighty: hungry African leopard nudges intruder with her nose but mouse keeps chewing on leopard's lunch

a perturbed Sheena the leopard looks on as a cheeky mouse nibbles her food at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire

mischievous rodent grabbed at scraps of meat thrown into the African Leopard's enclosure

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This mouse danced with death when it tucked itself into the lunch of a hungry leopard. Like a little child and seemingly unaware of the beast towering over it, the mischievous rodent grabbed at scraps of meat thrown into the African Leopard's enclosure. But instead of pouncing on the tiny intruder, the 12-year-old leopard, called Sheena, appeared to be afraid of the daring mouse and kept her distance. The perturbed leopard looks on as the cheeky mouse nibbles her food. At one stage she tried to nudge the mouse away with her nose, but the determined little guy carried on chewing away until he was full. The extraordinary scene was captured by photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire.

the surprised leopard bent down and sniffed the mouse and flinched a bit like she was scared  read more »

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