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The Met Office have put together two great introductory resources for educators and those getting to grips with the basics of climate change. The first is an introduction to what drives weather and the climate, and the second is this great infographic.

Met Office guide to climate change
Source: metoffice.gov.uk

 
 

Comments

  1. Rod Heather says:

    While human activity is responsible for some of the rise in CO2 levels, it is disappointing to note that the Met Office has overlooked the largest contributing sources. When the Mt Pinatubo volcano erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases than the entire human race had emitted in all its years on earth. During the volcanic eruptions in Iceland a couple of years ago, the amount of volcanic ash thrown into the atmosphere in just four days negated all the efforts we made during the previous five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet.
    Also, the impact of the annual bush fire season across the western USA and Australia is typically more than double our yearly efforts to reduce carbon in our world.

    1. Brian Scannell says:

      Not sure where you’re getting your numbers from Rod.

      According to the US Geological Service annual anthropogenic CO2 emissions are 700 times the CO2 emitted by the Mt Pinatubo eruption (see http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hazards/gas/climate.php).

      Indeed, based on the latest UK emissions data (see https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/271477/20140116_-_Quarterly_statistical_release_-_final.pdf) the UK is currently emitting the equivalent of more than 10 Pinatubo eruptions every year.

      It might be nice to believe that humans weren’t responsible for the increase in CO2, but the data says that we are.