According to a number of analysts and observers of the problem, existing efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions seem not be sufficient.
This conclusion came recently after readings showed that carbon dioxide increased to about 2.67 parts per million (ppm) in 2012 to 395ppm.
The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change said that increasing temperatures show that the need to act has been “accelerated”.
Due to increasing levels of CO2 levels, it’s more likely that the world temperatures will rise, causing more melting of the ice pack and leading the rise sea levels.
In the Northeastern part of the U.S. recent studies conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show that sea levels have risen by 1.3 feet near Atlantic City, New Jersey between the early part of the 20th century and 2006.
A serious storm could add at least another three feet.
In December NOAA estimated that increasing ocean temperatures could cause sea levels to rise by 1.6 feet in 100 years and by nearly four feet if more of the Arctic ice pack were to melt.
According to an official at NOAA, the increase in carbon monoxide levels are such that maintaining a two degree rise in world temperatures might become less possible.
The overuse of fossil fuels has been attributed to increases in both CO2 levels and global temperatures.
The NOAA study indicated more extreme weather patterns seem to be taking place in different parts of the world as a result of increases in carbon dioxide.
Since 1960 carbon dioxide has increased progressively from about 320ppm to nearly 400ppm in recent years.
The annual mean growth rate in CO2 levels also has increased over time.
Whereas in 1960 the rate of increase was less than 1 part per million, since 1990 often the annual rate of increase has been at least 2 ppm.
The NOAA study showed that 1998 was when the greatest rate increase occurred. That year carbon dioxide increased by nearly 3ppm.
In 2012 the rate of increase was 2.67ppm. There are concerns that the rate of increase for 2013 will be even greater.