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The US President Barack Obama. Photo: Yahoo News

The US President Barack Obama. Photo: Yahoo News

I don’t have much patience for people who deny climate change, but if you’ve got creative approaches, market-based approaches, tell me about them. […] We also know that the climate is warming faster than anybody anticipated five or 10 years ago, and that the future…in part, is going to depend on our willingness to deal with something that we may not be able to see or smell the way you could when the Chicago River was on fire, or at least could have caught on fire, but is in some ways more serious, more fundamental.”

said the US President Barack Obama, last week, at the Democratic fundraiser, in Chicago, in the United States.

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If you have ever wondered how much greenhouse gas (GHG) the world produces annually, you may now have a close estimation. The World Resources Institute, in partnership with the ASN Bank, Ecofys and DuurzaamBedrijfsleven.nl, published this week an updated flow chart detailing the global GHG emissions for the year 2010, when approximately 48,629 million tons of CO2-eq were released to the atmosphere.

The infographic shows that the human activities alone are responsible for 76% of the CO2 emissions, the main driver of global warming. It still points out the sectors that contribute the most to the world’s GHG emissions and identifies what kind of natural resources they use. Overall, the Industry sector accounts for 29% of these emissions, followed by the Transport and the Land Use Change sectors with 15% each.

Click on the image below to see the full infographic.

GHG emissions Flow Chart

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Klink (left) beside Eck.

Klink (left), Secretary for Climate Change and Environmental Quality and Eck, the Civil House representative. Photo: MMA/BR

Brazil’s Government gathered federal and state representatives to integrate efforts in reducing national greenhouse gas emissions and combating global warming. The main purpose of the meeting, which happened on Tuesday (19.02), in Brasília, Brazil’s capital, was to create a Discussion Group on the Climate Issue to develop concrete solutions to decrease the country’s emissions of pollutant gases and create strategies to adapt to climate change.

A review of the Brazilian National Plan on Climate Change (PNMC) is among the Group’s main actions expected for 2013. According to Carlos Klink, Brazil’s Secretary for Climate Change and Environmental Quality, the government will carry out a public consultation on the current PNMC, and the contributions obtained should be included by the end of the year.  Johannes Eck, the Brazilian Civil House representative, pointed out that the PNMC must be consistent with the reality and needs of all the Brazilian states.

The Brazilian National Plan on Climate Change was instituted in 2009. This plan states Brazil’s voluntary commitment to reducing the national greenhouse gas emissions between 36.1% and 38.9% of the projected emissions by the year 2020, as discussed in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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