Greenhouse gases: The bad news and the good news

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

In case you missed it, just before Thanksgiving, the World Meteorologic Society let us know that the atmospheric greenhouse gases reached their highest levels ever in 2007.

The same year the Arctic ice shelf pulled back more than ever. Hmmm. Coincidence?

According to the WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the causes were clear: “Population growth and urban development worldwide continue to increase the use of fossil fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas, which emit carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere. At the same time, the clearing of land for agriculture, including deforestation, is releasing carbon dioxide into the air and reducing carbon uptake by the biosphere.”