Carbon Reporting is Essential to Effective Climate Action, But Can It Be Done Better?

Collaborative Efforts Point the Way to Standardized, More Reliable Reporting Structure

Big changes rarely happen suddenly. According to a study in the journal Nature, as reported by the publication Climate Home News, for example, global climate change has been underway since the Industrial Revolution began to – literally – gain steam in the mid-1800s. Citing 2,000 years of paleoclimate data, roughly a historical record of global temperatures, the study authors identified the exact moment the Earth’s temperature began to rise. It was December 4, 1830. A small steam locomotive set out on the world’s first intercity rail journey, traveling between Liverpool and Manchester, England.

Study co-author Dr. Helen McGregor of the University of Wollongong in Australia, said the study determined that “The early onset of warming detected in this study indicates the Earth’s climate did respond in a rapid and measurable way to even the small increase in carbon emissions during the start of the industrial age.”

The change was small at first. By the end of the 1800s, the study shows, rapid industrialization and other factors had increased the amount of carbon being pumped into the atmosphere by about a relatively paltry 15 parts per million. By comparison, the increase since the beginning of the 20th Century has been more than 100 parts per million. Yet even by the end of the 1800s, that small amount of additional carbon was enough to raise global temperatures by a few tenths of a degree.

Falling a Little Short

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