Energy / Climate Change

September 5, 2009


2008 Report Shows 37% CO2 Increase since Industrial Revolution

Keywords: Climate Change Government 

JFS/CCMonitoring Report
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The Japan Metrological Agency released its web-based "Climate Change Monitoring Report 2008" on June 18, 2009, providing information on climate change, greenhouse gases and ozone layer depletion in Japan and around the world.

The annual average global surface temperature was 0.20 degrees Celsius higher than the average from 1971 to 2000, the 10th highest figure since 1891, when records began. Over the long term, the global mean temperature has been rising at a rate of 0.67 degrees Celsius per hundred years from 1891 to 2008. The average sea surface temperature was 0.12 degrees Celsius higher than normal, which was also ranked as the 10th highest since 1891, and has been rising at a rate of 0.50 degrees Celsius per 100 years.

The atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) have also been increasing worldwide. The average of global atmospheric CO2 concentration in 2007 reached 383.1 parts per million (ppm), a 1.9 ppm increase from 2006. This is 37 percent higher than in pre-industrial times (280 ppm).

The annual average of Japanese surface temperature was 0.46 degrees Celsius higher than normal, rising at a rate of 1.11 degrees Celsius per 100 years. With regard to typhoons, nine typhoons approached Japan, but none of them landed, the first time this has happened since 2000.

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Posted: 2009/09/05 06:00:15 AM