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ZeeNews.com: Greenhouse gas emissions already beyond worst-case scenario

Sydney (Australia), Oct 09: Strong worldwide economic growth has accelerated the level of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere to a dangerous threshold scientists had not expected for another decade, according to a leading Australian climate change expert.

Scientist Tim Flannery said a report by the United Nation’s inter-governmental panel on climate change due to be released in November will contain new data showing that the level of climate-changing gases in the atmosphere has already reached critical levels.

“what the report establishes is that the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is already above the threshold that can cause dangerous climate change,” flannery, who claims to have seen the raw data that will be included in the report, told australian broadcasting corp yesterday. “what it says is that we already stand an unacceptable risk of dangerous climate change and that the need for action is ever more urgent,” he added. according to flannery, whose recent book “the weather makers,” made best-seller lists worldwide, said new and improved scientific data showed that the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions had reached about 455 parts per million by mid-2005, well ahead of scientists’ previous calculations. “i mean, it’s beyond the limits of projection, beyond the worst-case scenario as we thought of it in 2001,” he said. “It’s a worldwide issue.”The metabolism of that economy is now on a collision course clearly with the metabolism of our planet,” Flannery said. 

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