Global Warming and Transport 

- Global Warming -

"I  remember years ago listening to the scientists [...] express concern that some time towards the end of the 21st century we might even face the possibility of losing the entire north polar ice cap. I remember only three years ago when they revised their estimates to say it could happen... by 2050. I remember at the beginning of this year when I was shocked to hear them say it could happen in as little as 34 years and now, this week, they tell us it could completely disappear in as little as five to seven years.”
Al Gore, addressing the Bali Climate Change Conference, Dec. 2007.

Global warming is widely recognised as one of the greatest dangers which the world faces. To prevent runaway climate chaos, the Western world needs to make deep cuts of over 90% in greenhouse gas emissions (1) .

Global warming is happening and it is man made. If people still deny this, it reveals more about them than it does about the science of global warming. What is less well known is just how close we are to the point of no return - the tipping point.

Kyoto has failed, the rate of CO2 production now exceeds the IPCC’s worst case scenario and it is growing faster than at any time since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Global warming will not be prevented by a PR statement and effective action will require more than tinkering with the problem.

Transport accounts for 25% of the world’s carbon emissions and for 33% in the USA (2). In States like Vermont that figure can rise to 46%. Across the USA transport now accounts for a full two thirds of carbon emissions from direct fossil fuel consumption (3) .

Throughout the world automobile use remains one of the fasted growing sources of greenhouse emissions. Whatever the future may hold, the automobile and the resource hungry culture that it creates is one of the major causes of global warming.