We know the National Debt clock but how about one for greenhouse gases?

Pretty well every American knows about the National Debt Clock located on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. It’s a stark reminded for anyone that passes it by just how far in debt the country is. Well now thanks to a team of researchers at MIT and Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division the National Debt clock will be joined by the Greenhouse Gases in Our Atmosphere digital billboard just outside of Madison Square Gardens and Penn Station.

The billboard is 70-feet-tall and is being used to display how many tonnes of long-lived greenhouse gases are in the atmosphere. As well the data will be made available online and through a downloadable widget that you can add to your desktop or website.

At the unveiling the billboard showed that there are currently 3.64 trillion tons of these long-lived greenhouse gases in the atmosphere with 800 metric tonnes being added every second.

Speaking following the launch of the counter, Kevin Parker, global head of Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division, said the aim of the new counter was to provide a tangible reminder of the impact of climate change.

“We cannot see greenhouse gases, so it is easy to forget that they are accumulating rapidly,” he said. “It will be a huge task to bring global emissions under control and my hope is that putting this data in public view will spur both governments and markets to move us more quickly to a low-carbon economy.”

MIT’s John Reilly said the counter would lag slightly behind real time as the rate of increase in emissions would be based on data collected on a monthly basis. He also confirmed that the effect of seasonal variations had been stripped out from the data to give a better picture of the underlying rate of interest.

But he insisted that with the counter drawing on measurements from dozens of atmospheric stations around the world, it presented the most up-to-date information on greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: Business Green

Is it just me or does that sound like a lot of greenhouse gases being added?

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