New Data Reveals Massive Rise of CO2 Levels in Earth’s Atmosphere

Rapidly increasing population and human activities are severely affecting Earth and its atmosphere. Besides, increased industrialisation has boosted record levels of CO2 in the air. According to the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii, currently, the amount of carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere is above 415 ppm (parts per million). While scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say, the number is significantly higher than at any point in human history. Depending on the stats of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego the meteorologist Eric Holthaus, posted the hair-raising fact on Twitter. The finding also includes He noted they don’t know a planet of such kind. Besides, it is the first time in human history that Earth’s atmosphere has had such a high level of CO2.

Holthaus added not just in historical records or the discovery of agriculture; it is since before the existence of modern humans millions of years ago. The finding is yet another alarming sign of humanity’s cruelty. Thus in future Earth may become a hot, polluted planet which it was never before. A program, the Keeling Curve, has been taking the measurements since 1958. It is a graphical representation revealing an increasing amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

As per CNN, scientists estimate CO2 levels were between 310-400ppm during the Pliocene Epoch, before three million years ago. At the time the global temperatures were believed 2-3 degrees Celsius hotter than at present. Now increasing levels of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere obstruct in the working of the planet’s natural cooling cycle. It captures heat near the surface and eventually leads to rising temperatures. The extraordinary rise in atmospheric carbon is polluting the skies. Ralph Keeling, the director of the Scripps CO2 program, says the average growth rate continues to reach the high end. According to him, it is probably an impact of ongoing use of fossil fuel. Still situation many changes if humans decide to focus on the rapidly transforming systems.

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