S e p t e m b e r  2 0 0 9 — Volume 17, Issue 9
The GENI-us Letter

350 parts per million (ppm)
The International Day of Climate Action

Dear GENI Friend,

Scientists track changes in the atmosphere by measuring the concentration of gases in parts per million.  Small changes in these amounts can alter the earth’s natural systems.  For the past 600,000 years, the carbon dioxide (CO2) levels never exceeded 300 ppm.  Today, the number is 389 ppm a 30% increase since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that mankind’s growing use of fossil fuels (for power production and transportation) and deforestation are the primary causes of this increase.  The combustion of fossil fuels adds CO2, which strengthens the greenhouse effect, thus causing a gradual warming of our planet.  I have attended scientific meetings where the world’s leading climatologists forecast 450 ppm of CO2 as inevitable.

Dr. James Hansen and others at NASA have studied the historical gaseous concentrations and reported that for the planet to remain habitable as we have known it, the upper limit for CO2 is 350 ppm.

"If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that one which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 389 ppm to at most 350 ppm."

The Science of 350 ppm of CO2In essence, they are saying that we must dramatically reduce our carbon footprint in a world that’s been adding 2ppm yearly since 1950.  What’s needed is a design revolution in how we obtain and use energy.

We invite you to get involved in the www.350.org campaign.  On October 24th, the International Day of Climate Action will be held around the world.  The goal is to get everyone focused on 350ppm and what it will take to change course.  Solutions include: reducing coal-fired power, slowing deforestation and transitioning away from petroleum to electricity and clean biofuels for transportation.  My invitation to you — gather your colleagues and family, join this campaign and make “350” a target number we can all get behind.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


p.s. The GENI Initiative of “linking renewable resources around the world” is the proactive action for governments and utilities. Watch our video “No Energy Crisis” on YouTube.com. Key word: GENIcorp

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