By the end of the century, the world could well be in for a catastrophic six degree rise in temperature. And this is all because of the carbon dioxide emissions from industry, transport and deforestation. The emissions that are believed to be responsible for warming the atmosphere have increased dramatically since 2002. This increase, coupled with the decline in the Earth's natural ability to absorb the gas, has resulted in a dire situation for the Earth.
A recent study conducted found that there has been a 29% increase in global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel between 2000 and 2008 which takes the total CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels to an alarming 41% increase between 1990 and 2008.
Leading scientist Professor Corinne Le Quere of East Anglia University, UK said that the Copenhagen Summit is the last chance of coming to a global agreement that would curb CO2 emissions and stabilize temperature rises to within the danger threshold.
The scientists experimenting with ways to curb global warming have, for the first time, detected a failure in the Earth's natural ability to absorb man-made CO2 released into the air.
They found significant evidence that more man-made CO2 is staying in the atmosphere to worsen the greenhouse effect. They went on to say that it is causing natural "carbon sinks" that have absorbed so much over previous decades that they are now beginning to fail, resulting in rising global temperatures. The amount of CO2 that has remained in the atmosphere as a result has increased from about 40% in 1990 to 45% in 2008.