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Climate Countdown - an introduction

Climate change is one of the most talked about current issues - hardly a day passes without it being raised. The BBC in the North East ran a week of programmes and features to focus on the subject.

CO2 emissions Friday midnight - 438,360 tonnes

Carbon dioxide emissions Friday midnight

No matter what your views on the subject, there's no denying climate change has become one of the most popular current topics for discussion.

With that in mind, the BBC in the North East dedicated a week of programming to taking an in-depth look at some of the issues surrounding the subject.

It was the focus of features on BBC Radio Newcastle, on television and on the BBC Tyne and BBC Wear websites. The BBC Blue Bus was also out and about around the region giving people the chance to find out more.

'Climate doctors' were on hand to answer people's environmental and climate questions and the week provoked informed debate and provided a platform for you to give your views.

Carbon ticker

The BBC Tyne and BBC Wear websites also featured a 'carbon ticker' to show estimates of how much carbon dioxide the North East is producing every day.

The figures were complied by Charlie Henderson, from Carbon Neutral Newcastle, and are based on a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) document featuring figures for 2004.

Car exhaust

Some emissions come from road transport

They are for the area covered by the Government Office North East, which includes Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Tees Valley.

Annual breakdown:

  • Industrial, commercial and public: 21m tonnes CO2
  • Domestic: 6m tonnes CO2
  • Road transport: 5m tonnes CO2

From that, the daily breakdown is:

  • Industrial, commercial and public: about 57,534 tonnes CO2
  • Domestic: about 16,438 tonnes CO2
  • Road transport: about 13,698 tonnes CO2

Your pledges

Carbon dioxide is one of the so-called greenhouse gases. The greenhouse effect refers to the role played by gases which effectively trap energy from the Sun in the Earth's atmosphere. Without them, the planet would be too cold to sustain life as we know it.

Other greenhouse gases, along with carbon dioxide, include methane and nitrous oxide, which are released by modern industry, agriculture and the burning of fossil fuels.

Their concentration in the atmosphere is increasing - the concentration of carbon dioxide has risen by more than 30% since 1800.

The majority of climate scientists accept the theory that an increase in these gases will cause a rise in the Earth's temperature.

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