Parties in the UK election with the exception of the Greens and to a lesser extent the SNP have avoided any significant mention of climate change. Now we are actually voting it is a pity that NOOA didn’t release its latest CO2 count earlier. The press release issued late on Wednesday showed that for the first time in recorded time we have had a full month with greenhouse gas concentrations above the benchmark 400PPM. This is not good news.
By itself 400PPM is not a particularly important threshold or milestone there was a degree of inevitability about it. However Dr Ed Hawkins a climate scientist at Reading University told the Guardian newspaper “This event is a milestone on a road to unprecedented climate change for the human race. The last time the Earth had this much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was more than a million years ago, when modern humans hadn’t even evolved yet.”
Politicians from around the world will sit down in Paris (CoP21) later this year to hammer out another carbon reduction programme.
Let us hope they are more successful this time.