- Ursula Le Guin
Today marks the 4rth anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol. As we continue to grapple with issues such as global warming, emission control and carbon credits to name a few, I wanted to showcase some very powerful illustrations that depict our current standing and where we are headed.
A divided world
(History of changes in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide taken for direct measurements made in Mauna Loa, Hawaii since 1958.)
(Shows the timescales over which emitted carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. Mixing in the biosphere and oceans remove 70-85% of emissions after 200 years, but the remainder establishes a new equilibrium that may persist for hundreds of thousands of years.)
Closing Statements - 12:39 PM IST, February 16, 2009
World Population 6,749,524,000
Number of people born 3300
Number of people died 2000
600,000 tonnes of CO2 have been emitted.
The Kyoto Protocol - Full Text
Inputs & Graphical Representations from Global Warming Art
Other Inputs from
Earth Communications Office,
Breathing Earth; and
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change