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AFTER TWO LARGE ANNUAL GAINS, RATE OF ATMOSPHERIC CO2 INCREASE RETURNS TO AVERAGE, NOAA REPORTS
NOAA US Government ^ | March 31, 2005 | NOAA US Government

Posted on 04/03/2005 7:55:24 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

A spike in the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere between 2001 and 2003 appears to be a temporary phenomenon and apparently does not indicate a quickening build-up of the gas in the atmosphere, according to an analysis by NOAA climate experts. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is released into the atmosphere by the burning of wood, coal, oil and gas. Increases in the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere are of special interest to scientists because carbon dioxide is a significant heat-trapping greenhouse gas. (Click NOAA image for larger view of carbon cycle greenhouse gases monitoring programs around the world. Click here for high resolution version, which is a large file. Please credit “NOAA.”)


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; climatechange; co2; environment

1 posted on 04/03/2005 7:55:29 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

GLOBAL COOLING! ICE AGE! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!


2 posted on 04/03/2005 7:57:03 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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The rest of the article:

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As measured in air samples collected from more than 60 sites in the NOAA Global Cooperative Observing Network, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere increased by nearly 5 parts per million (ppm) between 2001 and 2003. The increase in 2002 was 2.43 ppm; the increase in 2003 was 2.30 ppm. In other words, more than two additional carbon-dioxide molecules were added to each million molecules of air each year during that period. The annual increase was higher than the long-term average annual CO2 increase of approximately 1.5 ppm.

Included in the global average carbon dioxide measurements are those from the NOAA Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii where the CO2 record is the world's longest continuous observations of atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels, having begun in 1958.

The increased CO2 levels interested scientists who questioned whether some unknown mechanism might be causing the atmosphere to retain higher levels of CO2.

However, according to David Hofmann, director of the NOAA Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., the rate of carbon-dioxide increase returned to the long-term average level of about 1.5 ppm per year in 2004, indicating that the temporary fluctuation was probably due to changes in the natural processes that remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

Global combustion of fossil fuels and other materials places almost 7 billion tons of carbon, in the form of CO2, into the atmosphere each year. On average, Earth's oceans, trees, plants and soils absorb about one-half of this carbon. The balance remains in the air and is responsible for the annual increase.

Most of the variability in the year-to-year CO2 uptake is related to natural processes, including droughts and fires as well as such factors as global temperatures, rainfall amounts and volcanic eruptions.

Understanding these processes is key to forecasting annual CO2 increases, thus providing important information for future CO2 management. NOAA's Carbon Cycle Research Program, which includes surface-, ocean- and space-based measurements of CO2 and other important atmospheric gases, is aimed at developing a comprehensive picture of how CO2 is stored and released. The carbon-cycle studies are a part of NOAA's Climate Program, an integral part of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.

"Reducing scientific uncertainties of carbon sources and sinks is a priority for the Climate Change Science Program, as carbon dioxide is the single largest forcing agent of climate change," said James R. Mahoney, NOAA deputy administrator and CCSP director.

NOAA scientists have been tracking CO2 levels around the world for more than 25 years. The oldest record comes from the Mauna Loa Observatory, which is located atop a Hawaiian volcano. There, Charles Keeling began CO2 measurements in 1958. Following NOAA's formation in 1970, measurements continued at Mauna Loa and began at other places around the world. There are now more than 60 monitoring sites worldwide.

Mahoney adds, "The measurement capabilities established at NOAA's Mauna Loa and other sites around the world demonstrates the importance of observational networks as a contribution to understanding the complexities of the carbon cycle."

Each year since global measurements of CO2 began, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased.

Scientific measurements of levels of CO2 contained in cylinders of ice, called ice cores, indicate that the pre-industrial carbon dioxide level was 278 ppm. That level did not vary more than 7 ppm during the 800 years between 1000 and 1800 A.D.

Atmospheric CO2 levels have increased from about 315 ppm in 1958 to 378 ppm at the end of 2004, which means human activities have increased the concentration of atmospheric CO2 by 100 ppm or 36 percent.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation’s coastal and marine resources. NOAA is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Relevant Web Sites
NOAA Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory

NOAA Climate Page

Media Contact:
Peter West, NOAA Research, (301) 713-2483 ext. 181

3 posted on 04/03/2005 7:57:34 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

"A spike in the amount of carbond dioxide released into the atmosphere between 2001 and 2003 appears to be temporary"

Weren't those the 'campaign years'? I notice the concentration is most heavy along the east coast...


4 posted on 04/03/2005 8:01:47 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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Atmospheric CO2 levels have increased from about 315 ppm in 1958 to 378 ppm at the end of 2004, which means human activities have increased the concentration of atmospheric CO2 by 100 ppm or 36 percent.

I believe that this statement is UNPROVEN....there are other possibilities for the cause of the increase...such as Volcanoes....

5 posted on 04/03/2005 8:03:42 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Wasn't this CO2 reading from 2003 used against Bush in this last election, as a sign of Global Warming and that we needed to join the Kyoto program?


6 posted on 04/03/2005 8:05:56 PM PDT by Dr Stormfist
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To: Beowulf9
Weren't those the 'campaign years'?

Close enough. The current drop is further proof we are stopping the largest contributor, the left's rhetoric.

7 posted on 04/03/2005 8:09:11 PM PDT by SouthTexas
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To: Dr Stormfist

You bet they used it!


8 posted on 04/03/2005 8:09:33 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: All
Related item :

Decadal-Scale Variations in El-Niño Intensity

9 posted on 04/03/2005 8:11:07 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
What? The levels are still going thru' their normal fluctuations, as they have for thousands of millennia -

How can that be? Gore knows all...

10 posted on 04/03/2005 8:11:26 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME." Lincoln)
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Related Item:

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PERSPECTIVES: RISING CO2 LEVELS - THE REASON WHY ~~The earth has a cycle

11 posted on 04/03/2005 8:13:16 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; farmfriend


12 posted on 04/03/2005 8:13:49 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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Related Item:

Not by Fire but by Ice
THE NEXT ICE AGE - NOW!

13 posted on 04/03/2005 8:15:48 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Billthedrill

Resist junkscience - finally some sanity


14 posted on 04/03/2005 8:19:12 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (The radical secularization of America is happening)
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Related Items from the above Linked website:

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Climate a thousand years ago warmer than today. This shoots big holes in the argument that humans are causing  global warming.

http://academic.emporia.edu/aberjame/ice/lec19/lec19.htm

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Rare Icebergs Spotted off New Zealand - 6 Jan 2005 CBC News - Icebergs measuring up to three kilometers (1.8 miles) wide have been sighted about 700 kilometers (420 miles) off New Zealand’s South Island,  prompting a warning to shipping in the region. It’s the first time icebergs have been spotted in local waters in more than half a century. (Thanks to “Bluedog” in New Zealand for this info.)
http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2005/01/06/icebergs-newzealand0501 06.html

 


15 posted on 04/03/2005 8:19:24 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Correction and Extension:

"Carbon dioxide (CO2) is released into the atmosphere by the burning of wood, coal, oil and gas, breathing, decomposition of plant matter in the rainforest, and Hillary's flatulence."

16 posted on 04/03/2005 8:22:06 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Impotent [birthrates] Lazy [unemployment %] Cowardly [militarily unprepared] Euroweenies!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

"A spike in the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere between 2001 and 2003 appears to be a temporary phenomenon and apparently does not indicate a quickening build-up of the gas in the atmosphere"

How can this be? I drove my SUV just as much in 2004 as in previous years.


17 posted on 04/03/2005 8:29:43 PM PDT by Amish with an attitude (An armed society is a polite society)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

All you have to do is read Michael Crichton's, "State of Fear" to know fear of CO2 is bogus. He uses facts in a novel.


18 posted on 04/03/2005 8:36:32 PM PDT by taxesareforever
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
WE'RE SAVED!!!!
19 posted on 04/03/2005 8:38:04 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (In God We Trust. All Others We Monitor.)
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To: taxesareforever

That is an educational book rather than a novel...but it is good reading!

Just finished it last week!


20 posted on 04/03/2005 8:44:31 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The problem is simple. The horrible economy due to Bush's mismanagement has reduced our industrial base to the point where it cannot produce.

Laying off all the people caused factories to close and this reduced the amout of fuel used and hence the emissions went down. Plus, Bush's dishonest Middle East policies resulted in higher fuel costs, reducing consumption, and this reduced the CO2 levels.

So the lower CO2 levels are Bush's fault.

(Dont't get excited, I'm trying to think Liberal)


21 posted on 04/03/2005 8:54:10 PM PDT by Ender Wiggin
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

[Atmospheric CO2 levels have increased from about 315 ppm in 1958 to 378 ppm at the end of 2004, which means human activities have increased the concentration of atmospheric CO2 by 100 ppm or 36 percent.]


So 378 - 315 = 100 ?



Or are they interpolating this back to the beginning of the industrial revolution.


22 posted on 04/03/2005 8:55:10 PM PDT by spinestein
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I am not much of a fiction reader but my son read it and recommended it to me. I had a hard time putting it down. I do believe, though, that it showed ELF as it should be shown.


23 posted on 04/03/2005 9:02:37 PM PDT by taxesareforever
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To: Beowulf9
Weren't those the 'campaign years'?

Bwahahahaha!

24 posted on 04/03/2005 9:03:53 PM PDT by eddie willers (Charter Member of the WPPFF)
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To: Billthedrill
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is released into the atmosphere by the burning of wood, coal, oil and gas.

And VOLCANOS!!!!

25 posted on 04/03/2005 9:04:57 PM PDT by TheDon (Euthanasia is an atrocity.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Demrats don't like to hear this stuff because global warming is just one of the ways they want to lead us to socialism


26 posted on 04/03/2005 9:47:37 PM PDT by 50calfrau
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
So it was all a mistake, huh?

I'll sleep soundly tonight...

27 posted on 04/03/2005 9:51:36 PM PDT by THX 1138
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; abbi_normal_2; Ace2U; adam_az; Alamo-Girl; Alas; alfons; alphadog; ...
Rights, farms, environment ping.
Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from this list.
I don't get offended if you want to be removed.
28 posted on 04/03/2005 10:41:25 PM PDT by farmfriend ( Why oh why didn't I take the blue pill?!?)
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To: farmfriend

BTTT!!!!!


29 posted on 04/04/2005 3:00:46 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is released into the atmosphere by the burning of wood, coal, oil and gas.

It's also released into the air by the rotting and oxidation of plant material. It's also released by the oxidation of petroleum and methane seeps worldwide that occur continuously on a gigantic scale.
30 posted on 04/04/2005 6:15:10 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; ...

Thanks Ernest.


31 posted on 09/20/2011 7:32:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

They just don’t know what they just don’t know. If they admit that the money goes away.


32 posted on 09/20/2011 10:50:43 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Psalm 109:8)
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To: Mike Darancette
Just posted this:

New peer reviewed paper: clouds have large negative cooling effect on Earth’s radiation budget

33 posted on 09/20/2011 11:05:34 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This has been said for years but Algore and the IPCC ignored it.


34 posted on 09/21/2011 5:55:35 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Psalm 109:8)
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