12/28/2012

Greenhouse Gases at All-Time High

Are you taking steps to reduce your building’s emissions?

 

Carbon dioxide makes up over 80% of the greenhouse gas increase from 1990 to 2011, contributing significantly to 2011’s record high emissions.

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2011, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

In the last 20 years, there has been a 30% increase in radiative forcing – the warming effect on the climate – due to carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide levels.

Only half of the 375 billion tons of carbon released since 1750, the start of the industrial era, have been absorbed in carbon sinks such as oceans and forests.

The report also found that:

  • CO2 accounts for over 80% of the GHG increase from 1990-2011.
  • Atmospheric methane levels reached a new high of about 1,813 parts per billion (ppb).
  • While concentrations of nitrous oxide in 2011 were 1.0 ppb above the previous year, its impact on climate is 298 times greater than equal emissions of carbon dioxide.

Are you taking steps to reduce your building’s emissions or do you have other environmental priorities? Have you calculated your carbon footprint? Email your thoughts to Associate Editor Jennie Morton at jennie.morton@buildings.com.

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

Yaskawa drives offer quality performance for air handlers and cooling towers on the roof to secondary chilled water pumps in the basement

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
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