Unser Anteil am Klimawandel: Wie viel CO² produzieren wir jährlich?

Footprints Neil Baird

Roger, Meteorologe, 17 Tonnen CO²

Roger ist ein Meteorologe, der unter anderem verantwortlich ist, für die Wettermessungen in einer der britischen Sternwarte.

‘What a hundred years ago we would have thought of as a warm year, or a warm or hot summer in terms of average temperature, we would now be thinking ‘well that’s a bloody cold year, or a pretty poor summer’. Things have changed so much. I remember when I was a child and I started doing observations in Manchester where I lived as a schoolboy in the 70s and you could read the local papers on a day like today and the Mail and the Express were saying ‘Phew what a scorcher – 80 degrees today and maybe 85 tomorrow’ It’s too rapid to be natural, and the worrying thing is that if you go back to some of the hottest months we’ve had in the past 15 years we’ve had temperature anomalies– temperature differences from norm of about 3 or 3.5 degrees for a month… You’re no longer in the sort of ‘oh let’s hope it’s once and warm and sunny, we’ll go outside and sunbathe’ mentality. That’s fine for a week or so, but once you start getting a week of sleepless nights and you feel lethargic during the day, and people start dying off, and then you get another week of it and you get told that it’s going to go on for another 3 months, then the novelty disappears and it becomes a nuisance’. And the problem is that the projections for the next 50 odd years for warmth, are of that sort of order. And because it’s happening so rapidly it’s not just a case of ‘oh we’ll just slowly adapt over the next hundred or two hundred years’. In the next thirty of forty years maybe we’re going to actually have to do something, to take action, and of course the human race is not used to taking action until disaster strikes.‘

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