Atmospheric CO2 levels

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Atmospheric CO2 levels

Atmospheric CO2 reaches record levels

LONDON – A dramatic rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide saw levels of Greenhouse gases reach record levels in 2013, according to new figures from The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

According to the US Energy Information Administration, the textile industry is the 5th largest contributor to CO2 emissions in the United States, with 13m tonnes of textile waste generated annually in the US according to estimates from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The WMO’s bulletin suggested that the globally averaged amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 396 parts per million (ppm) in 2013 – up almost 3ppm over the previous year.
The WMO’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin records how much of the warming gases remain in the atmosphere after the interactions that take place between the air, the land and the oceans.
“The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin shows that, far from falling, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere actually increased last year at the fastest rate for nearly 30 years,” said Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the WMO. “We know without any doubt that our climate is changing and our weather is becoming more extreme due to human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels.”
“The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin shows that, far from falling, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere actually increased last year at the fastest rate for nearly 30 years. We must reverse this trend by cutting emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases across the board,” he added. “We are running out of time.”
BSI recently announced the launch of a new standard to assess greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from textiles. PAS 2395, which focuses on GHG emissions from textile manufacturing processes, including land use, raw material sourcing, energy use and end of life recovery or disposal, was developed with input from the likes of Cotton Incorporated, WRAP, Best Foot Forward and The Textile Institute.
The standards company developed PAS 2395 in collaboration with the Korean National Cleaner Production Centre (KNCPC) with the aim of providing “the consistent application of generic methodologies for GHG emissions assessment to the textile products sector.”
PAS 2395 deals with the entire life cycle of any products manufactured substantially from textiles and offers what is claimed to be “a robust and repeatable assessment of the emissions.” It supplements PAS 2050 Carbon Footprinting which assesses the life cycle GHG emissions of goods and services, but can be used independently of PAS 2050.

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