The World Meteorological Organization is an Agency of the United Nations. It has published data which shows that in 2011 the atmospheric content of carbon dioxide in the world was 390.9 parts per million which is two parts per million more than the atmospheric content of carbon dioxide in 2010. In 2011, concentrations of atmospheric methane (of which 60% is as a release of human activities) reached a record high of 1813 parts per billion. Carbon dioxide measured at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii in December 2012 was 394.28 parts per million. Nitrous oxide also reached a new record high of 324.2 parts per billion.
All the efforts of the nations to use renewable energy instead of fossil fuel have been wasted by the growth in prosperity in those parts of the world that are today experiencing fast economic growth. We will experience the effects of these greenhouse gas emissions in our climate, our weather and in our lives as the oceans become more acidic and the winds blow harder and longer.
Our children and our grandchildren and their children will live very different lives from us, and will look at the lives we lead today as a golden age of safety, security when people lived good lives with clean water and ate good food. Such is the nature of progress.
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