CO2 Levels Hit Record High First Time Since Millions of Years Ago

16 May, 2019, 08:37 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • CO2 Levels Hit Record High First Time Since Millions of Years Ago

New data from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii are showing that the concentration of atmospheric Carbon dioxide has reached the highest point in the last 3 million years.

The scientists said that the 415.26 parts per million (ppm) recorded over the weekend was the first daily baseline reading coming in over 415 ppm.

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

Holthaus spotted the new high on Sunday when it was tweeted out by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which measures daily Carbon dioxide rates at Mauna Loa along with scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"This is the first time in human history our planet's atmosphere has had more than 415 ppm CO2", tweeted meteorologist Eric Holthausin in a widely shared post. 'The rise in Carbon dioxide is unambiguously caused by human activity, principally fossil-fuel burning, ' Rob Monroe of Scripps recent wrote.

"It's like we're playing with a loaded gun and don't know how it works". What's more, amid the interglacial span the globe is right now in the interglacial span, the levels were about 280 ppm, as indicated by NASA.

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Lots of global initiatives have been taken to scuttle the global emission level, but till today, humanity has failed to do proper implementation of any such efforts. "The increase from a year ago will probably be around three parts per million whereas the recent average has been 2.5 ppm", he said. "A human didn't exist.#climatecrisis #climatechange".

Carbon dioxide levels millions of years ago were higher than 2019 levels, but Earth's temperatures were also far higher.

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.

The increase in Carbon dioxide levels is not only causing earth's temperature to rise, but we're gradually cooking and choking ourselves to death.

The temperature rise can not be explained by natural factors, scientists said.

The last time Earth's atmosphere contained this much Carbon dioxide was in excess of three million years prior, when worldwide ocean levels were a few meters higher and parts of Antarctica were blanketed in forest. This climate catastrophe will bring with it major health risks and risks of wildfires while slowing down economic growth worldwide and boosting poverty. 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. On a Twitter post, dated May 12, Keeling said that "The increase from previous year will probably be around three ppm whereas the recent average has been 2.5 ppm".

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