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Carbon neutral - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore
Carbon neutral


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Airports globally saved 320,000 tonnes CO2 in 2018

Key data’s:

Publsihed by: The results were published by the Airport Carbon Accreditation.

Survey period: May 2018 to May 2019.

  • The airports collectively saved 320,000 tonnes or 4.9 per cent of carbon dioxide in 2018.
  • The total airports engaged in this process was 288 airports. These airports were joined the global carbon accreditation programme.
  • 147 are in Europe, 53 in Asia-Pacific, 47 in North America, 27 in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 14 in Africa.
  • Out of that 288, 61 airports are carbon neutral.
  • Climate Neutral is an initiative initiated at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat.
  • In carbon neutral category, three airports in India were placed. They are;
    • Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi
    • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai
    • Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad
  • Since May this year, 14 more airports have joined the programme and became certified at one of its four levels of accreditation (mapping, reduction, optimisation and neutrality).

Another report from the World Meteorological Organization;

  • Global average concentrations of the greenhouse gas were increased in 2018, reached 407.8 parts per million.
  • The greenhouse gas was the byproduct of burning fossil fuels.
  • This level is up from the global average of 405.5 parts per million in 2017.
  • As per this study, it is found that, the global temperature was raising at alarming pace.

Carbon dioxide and climate change:

  • Carbon dioxide which released into the atmosphere which traps the reflective heat from the sun and can linger in the atmosphere for centuries.
  • High levels of the greenhouse gas are associated with higher global temperatures and other effects of climate change, such as melting polar ice and rising seas.
  • The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen sharply as a result of anthropogenic activities by 147 percent increase over the pre-industrial level in 1750.
  • This increase between 2017 to 2018 was above the average growth rate over the past decade, which was just over 2 parts per million per year.
  • In the month of May this year, the emission of Carbon dioxide it is recorded with the highest level ever recorded in human history (415 parts per million).

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