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Parks, Recreation & Culture » Sustainable Kamloops » Environmental Sustainability » Climate Change

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Developing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from activities in Kamloops is important for a number of reasons including:

  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are widely believed to be contributing to the acceleration of climate change;
  • While there are many natural sources of GHG emissions, human activities, principally from the start of the industrial revolution, have contributed to increasing concentrations of GHG emissions in the atmosphere;
  • The main greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide and methane, along with a host of other gases. Water vapour is also a significant greenhouse gas;
  • The majority of human-caused GHG emissions are from:
    • Energy production and consumption for buildings and transportation;
    • Solid and liquid waste decomposition;
    • Agriculture (particularly cattle ranching); and
    • Deforestation.
  • According to the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, global concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are approximately 384.8 parts per million (ppm). Concentrations are generally growing 1 - 2 ppm per year. While achieving stabilization of 450 ppm for carbon dioxide has been a goal of the International Panel on Climate Change, there are numerous scientists and organizations that suggest that there is a need to achieve stabilization of 350 ppm of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
  • Carbon dioxide exists in the atmosphere for 100 years. For example, the carbon dioxide that emitted today from driving a car will still be in the atmosphere for the next 100 years.

Notice Information Package on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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