Environment Day Special

Carbon dioxide concentration at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii

By Indrajit Bose
Published: Saturday 15 June 2013

Environment Day Special

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  • For the past several years, CO2 concentrations have hovered close to 390 ppm. The 400 ppm daily average is a first in human history
  • In the last 50 ppm increase, the Arctic melted. Imagine what another 50 ppm increase will do
  • Diversity of even common species found in most parts of the world will be badly hit. Animal species in particular may decline more as a result of loss of food from plants
  • Some environmentalists are of the view that to return to the 350 ppm level, use of conventional energy sources has to be re-examined. But this is easier said than done. Any alternative measure will require finance and technological assistance from industrialised countries to developing countries. Even though institutions for financial transfer exist under UNFCCC, there is no money and the industrialised world has not provided exclusive climate finance to developing countries yet

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