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CO2 levels in atmosphere reach record-breaking level

CO2 Levels In Atmosphere Reach Record-Breaking Level

An alarming new report from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows a record-breaking amount of CO2 in our atmosphere.

According to NBC, the new tests show the level of carbon dioxide, a green house gas considered most responsible for global warming, in our atmosphere is now at its highest in human history.

A little more than six decades ago, it was measured at about 300 parts per million. In April 2014, the gas measured in at more than 400 parts per million each day, according to USA Today. The outlet says scientists have been recording CO2 levels since the late 1950s along a graph called the Keeling Curve.

Scientists tweeted out the news via the Keeling Curve's account, noting the average CO2 level measured in at 401.33 parts per million.

More troubling - researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, say much of the rise in carbon dioxide has come about in the past 100 years.

"Humans have caused carbon dioxide concentrations to rise 120 ppm since pre-industrial times, with over 90 percent of that in the past century alone."

But it doesn't stop there. James Butler, director of NOAA's Global Monitoring Division, says not only has the concentration itself increased, but the rate of increase has, too.

"The rate of increase has accelerated from about 0.7 ppm per year in the late 1950s to 2.1 ppm per year during the last decade."

So not only are we reaching higher concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, but according to NASA, the process is also getting faster each year.

A writer for Slate spoke with Ralph Keeling, keeper of the Keeling Curve. Keeling says this new milestone is troubling and we must reduce fossil fuel burning.

"It's clear if we keep on the same course we're heading for a very different world. That carries with it lots of risks. If the climate changes fast enough, those risks are compounded."

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MICHAEL May 05 2014 at 12:15 PM

its really not "global warming" its climate change. its here, its real, and for the most part man made. as the earths climate destablizes, the earth itself will try to restabilize it and as long as that is going on, were in for a pretty wild ride, so buckle up and buy your flood insurance.

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Robbin Adkins May 05 2014 at 12:41 PM

Everyone Relax.. There is an easy solve to this problem.. Just take a deep breath, and hold it........................ for the next 100 years..

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dlyons123 May 05 2014 at 12:43 PM

CO2 emissions from human sources are an insigificant portion ot that generated by other sources.

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Old Man May 05 2014 at 6:10 PM

Horse manure ! This comes just as Obama is attempting another push for global warming nonsense. Media hype to lay the justification for his unfounded agenda. Al Gore has a like minded companion. WHAT AN EMPTY PAIR!

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kent_hern Old Man May 05 2014 at 6:23 PM

Only thing empty is your head.

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jrb359 May 05 2014 at 12:43 PM

Sounds like they're getting ready to push 'Cap and Trade' to steal even more money from people.

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welcome eric jrb359 May 05 2014 at 1:31 PM

They already tried in Australia but it was done away with recently, after voters realized what it really was, a SCAM, that took money away from the working and middle classes and increased energy costs.

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Vinny May 05 2014 at 6:10 PM

OMG...not another 'bear on an ice block' photo. This photo is SO hakneyed it turns people off. It's time 'Getty Images' photoshopped a different photo for the rags like Huffington Post to publish. All we ever see is bears on little ice blocks floating along as if they NEVEZR lived anywhere else. PATHETIC.

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jdjackson1991 May 05 2014 at 12:45 PM

AOL ARE HACKS. Well at least left wing propagandist. Anyway, if "climate change" is real, we shouldn't make ourselves poor by attacking our business. Besides you think China and India give a ****? No, so these left wing idiots are just screwing up our people and ultimately our world by making us poor. It is the greatest ruse of all time. Make everyone poor so a select few elitest can rule us all and be rich and powerful.

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merianwhite jdjackson1991 May 05 2014 at 12:52 PM

china and india are the way they are because countries like the united states use them as toilet seats.

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andrewroederer merianwhite May 05 2014 at 1:01 PM

The U.S is not the only country that China imports there goods with.

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merianwhite May 05 2014 at 12:48 PM

Nothing terrible will happen to the planet; Earth spent couple of millions of years putting away CO2 gas in the forms of coal, organic compounds such as fossil fuels etc and burying it deeply inside its soil. However, the rate of catalyzing the reaction and releasing it into the atmosphere today is much faster than before; in my lab group, all of our tests show that CO2 increases retention of temperature as a result of longer wavelength deflection. Earth will respond in one way or another--how much warming is still contested, but the earth does not consider the lives and safety of human beings as it responds to this dynamic change. And thus here lies the problem: the earth will be fine, but not the living things.

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hmann131 May 05 2014 at 12:49 PM

Over the past decade a great deal of US manufacturing has moved to China and India to avoid polution restrictions imposed by the EPA. China is wide open... averaging 1 new coal fired energy facility each month to support the manufacturing boom we have placed in their lap... they have no EPA... no restrictions... Don't give a rats a$$ about their carbon footprint or yours.. If we don't stop the way the US is allowing offshore manufacturing you can expect it to get increasingly worse because no other Nation cares as long as we supply jobs for their people. Think about it.... seems like it would show up in such a thoughtful report.???

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merianwhite hmann131 May 05 2014 at 12:54 PM

exactly and what is worse is the constant belittling of these second rate countries after one has used them.

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Marc Mincks May 05 2014 at 12:49 PM

I thought plants love CO2. Oh NO more healthy plants.....

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