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The week in green numbers …

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390.9: The parts per million of heat-trapping carbon dioxide found to be in the atmosphere in 2011 – a new record and a 40 per cent increase over levels in 1750, before humans began seriously burning fossil fuels.

30: The percentage by which CO2, methane and nitrous oxide (N2O) – the latter two both more potent greenhouse gases than CO2, and both also reaching record levels of 1,813 parts per billion (ppb) and 324.2 ppb respectively in 2011 – have increased the warming effect on the climate by per cent between 1990 and 2011, with CO2 accounting for around four-fifths of this rise.

1200: The number of coal-fired power plants that are currently in planning across 59 countries – about three-quarters of them in China and India, according to the World Resources Institute.

1,400: The combined gigawatt capacity of the above planned coal plants, which are expected to add to global greenhouse gas emissions the equivalent of another China – the world’s biggest emitter.

44: The percentage of global cropland that is expected to be drought affected by 2100, up from 15.4 per cent today, according to a new report by the World Bank.

200 billion: The net tonnes of ice that glacier-covered Greenland has been losing, on average, every year since 2003, according to the latest scientific analysis.

2023: The year that a solar eclipse can next be seen in Australia – but only in Exmouth WA.

90: The total megawatts of solar PV registrations (which lag installations) in Australia in the month of October – a slowdown from the peak of June/July but equivalent levels to September.

8: The number of the world’s top 10 solar companies that are based in China.

91: The percentage of the global solar industry’s total operating profits that was generated by just four companies – First Solar, Trina Solar, Trony Solar and Jinko Solar.

421,000: The number of residential energy storage systems that there will be in Australian homes by 2021, according to analysis by Energeia.

50,000: The number of electric and/or hybrid vehicles General Motors hopes to have driving the roads by 2017.

538,000: The US-dollar price tag on Mercedes-Benz’s new electric-powered SLS AMG coupe, with 740 horsepower, all-wheel-drive, 60kWh of battery storage, and a range of about 155 miles per charge.

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  • http://thisnessofathat.blogspot.com.au/ Gillian

    Please stop quoting the WRI’s report of 1200 new coal generators. It’s a fatally flawed report because it takes no account of likelihood of coal generators getting built. For example, who actually expects NINE new coal generators in Australia? And with respect to the 10 in Germany, WRI itself notes that the three biggest energy companies – RWE, E.ON and Vattenfall – have made it quite clear that none of these will be built in the foreseeable future, if ever, because of falling demand and the impact of renewables.

    WRI have shot their credibility with this puffed up list. It would be MUCH more useful (if less cataclysmic) to report on the coal generators that were likely to be built.

    Your job as media is to use some discretion about the press releases you amplify.