Maybe I should call this a prelude, instead! The number of trees and branches falling continues to grow, incredibly, six days after the storm hit and almost as many since the snow melted. This afternoon I took a few representative pictures, the first because I loved the color of this split maple. I wasn't surprised to see that the interior was already quite rotted. Despite the tendency of people to blame an early snow, the fact is, the trees are weakened from cumulative exposure to ozone. They are like dandelions gone to seed, just waiting for a puff of wind to disintegrate.
this story, just out today, might explain it!
Biggest Jump Ever Seen in Global Warming Gasses
The global output of heat-trappingjumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. calculated, a sign of how feeble the world's efforts are at slowing man-made .
The new figures for 2010 mean that levels ofare higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago.
"The more we talk about the need to control emissions, the more they are growing," said, co-director of MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.
The world pumped about 564 million more tons (512 million metric tons) of carbon into the air in 2010 than it did in 2009. That's an increase of 6 percent. That amount of extra pollution eclipses the individual emissions of all but three countries — China, the United States and India, the world's top producers of greenhouse gases.
It is a "monster" increase that is unheard of, said, a professor of geology at , who has helped calculate Department of Energy figures in the past.
Extraand the U.S. account for more than half the increase in emissions last year, Marland said.
"It's a big jump," said Tom Boden, director of the Energy Department's Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center at Oak Ridge National Lab. "From an emissions standpoint, the global financial crisis seems to be over."
Boden said that in 2010 people were traveling, and manufacturing was back up worldwide, spurring the use of fossil fuels, the chief contributor of man-made.
India and China are huge users of coal. Burning coal is the biggest carbon source worldwide and emissions from that jumped nearly 8 percent in 2010.
The world is slowly using more coal and less natural gas when it should be doing just the opposite because of climate change, Marland said.