Alarming! Carbon dioxide level in atmosphere hits record high

James Marshall
May 16, 2019

The Mauna Loa Observatory is a research outpost of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA).

For the first time in human history, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has exceeded 415 parts per million - a unsafe level confirming the untrammeled rise in levels of planet-warming greenhouse gases or GhGs. A study published in Nature well forecasted that if humans continued burning fossil fuels, then by the year 2250 we would be witnessing Carbon dioxide level at the same level as it was during the Triassic period some 200 million years ago. NOAA says that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide is responsible for about two-thirds of the total energy imbalance that is causing temperatures to rise on Earth.

"Not just in recorded history, not just since the invention of agriculture 10,000 years ago".

Humans are the first factor that causes detrimental effects on the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels and cutting down forests, destructing nature by all means.

Only final week a report revealed that not less than 1 million species had been liable to extinction due to human exercise and the carbon emissions which might be a byproduct of financial improvement.

Greenhouse gases contribute to the planet sustaining a temperature that may maintain life, however an excessive amount of an impression all the ecosystem that supports us.

Climate and water scientist Peter Gleick tweeted, "Atmospheric CO2 levels have now reached 415 ppm. A human didn't exist.#climatecrisis #climatechange". "The increase from past year will probably be around three parts per million whereas the recent average has been 2.5 ppm", he said.

At that time, the Arctic was covered in trees, not ice, and summer temperatures in the far north are believed to have reached around 15C (60F). Global sea levels during the Pliocene were thought to be an astounding 25 meters (82 feet) higher than today.

A century ago, in 1910, the atmospheric Carbon dioxide was 300 PPM, which was still higher than it had been at least 8,00,000 years ago. As a result, the Earth absorbs more heat than it emits, leading to rise in global temperatures.

The release of Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases has already led to a 1C rise in global temperatures, and we are likely locked in for a further rise, if more immediate action is not taken by the world's governments.

This can be done, and many are organizing to try to force their governments to take action, but we are running out of time to avoid a world that we literally do not know how to handle. The CO2 level spike to 415 ppm is indication governments are failing to do so. This climate catastrophe will bring with it major health risks and risks of wildfires while slowing down economic growth worldwide and boosting poverty.

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