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Recovery of CO2 Emissions Following Global Financial Crisis:

Recent analysis by Peters et al. published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that CO2 emissions recovered more quickly than GDP following the 2008-2009 financial crisis, and that emissions recovered to their pre-crisis trend more quickly than following previous economic crises such as the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Peters et al., Rapid growth in CO2 emissions after the 2008–2009 global financial crisis, Nature Climate Change 2, 2–4 (2012), doi:10.1038/nclimate1332

"Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel combustion and cement production grew 5.9% in 2010, surpassed 9 Pg of carbon (Pg C) for the first time, and more than offset the 1.4% decrease in 2009. The impact of the 2008–2009 global financial crisis (GFC) on emissions has been short-lived owing to strong emissions growth in emerging economies, a return to emissions growth in developed economies, and an increase in the fossil-fuel intensity of the world economy."

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v2/n1/full/nclimate1332.html

#climatechange   #globalwarming   #carbon   #energy   #sustainability   #environment  

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Recorded Temperature Over the Past Century:

Here is an instructive video from +NASA  showing the change in temperature across the globe from 1880 to 2011. The colors show the temperature difference from the average temperature that occurred during 1951-1980. The animation shows both the trend towards warming temperatures (particularly since the mid-1970s), and the differences in those trends in different parts of the world. This analysis finds that, globally, 2011 was the 9th warmest year of all the years since 1880.

#climatechange   #globalwarming   #visualization  

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NASA reports that there has been a large X-CLASS sun flare on the sun around 1pm ET.

See more: http://nbcnews.to/P3eHxm

Photo: NASA/SDO/AIA
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