World’s Atmospheric CO2 Spiked To A Record Last Year: UN

November 1, 2017 - The Huffington Post

Source: Huffington Post

By Dominque Mosbergen

A grim United Nations agency report reiterates a warning that climate scientists have been touting for months: At the rate we’re going, it’ll be near-impossible for the world to meet Paris climate targets unless drastic action to curb greenhouse gas emissions is taken swiftly.

The World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, published Monday, describes how concentrations of global atmospheric carbon dioxide increased at a record rate in 2016 — reaching the highest level in 800,000 years of observable data.

“Globally averaged concentrations of CO2 reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400.00 ppm in 2015 because of a combination of human activities and a strong El Niño event,” the organization says. “Concentrations of CO2 are now 145 percent of pre-industrial (before 1750) levels.”

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