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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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jdagj1 May 05 2014 at 12:58 PM

Yea its all about making us in the USA feel guilty when india , China and every other 3rd world country keeps belching away. I know better, take your left wing preaching overseas too!

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kapie2011 jdagj1 May 05 2014 at 1:19 PM

You all have your heads in the sand! Wake up! Were killing ourselves slowly. Recycle, don't idle, reduce your carbon foot print. OY!!!!!! IT CAN BE REVERSED AND IT TAKES EVERYONE TO DO IT!

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doketx kapie2011 May 05 2014 at 2:08 PM

The only ones who are going to do it are in this country and Europe, while China and India are still belching pollution.

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Joe and Kay May 05 2014 at 1:25 PM

It's the uncontrolled world population increase. A 50% decrease in population, return to the pre-industrial society, and a stop in destroying the world's resources would be a start. Of course, I am not volunteering to step up and be first in line. THAT is why there will not be any reversal until major catastrophe occurs. I am in my 70s so I will probably not suffer the awful consequences; maybe no one alive today will have to. But, some future generation will have an awful experience.

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led May 05 2014 at 1:27 PM

Was Global Warming, then Climate Change now it is Rising Co2 Levels.

Ever time this scam is debunked they change the name.

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doketx led May 05 2014 at 1:46 PM

I never thought about that. That's a fact that can't be argued.

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bleepsn1034 May 05 2014 at 1:36 PM

Here we go again with pictures of the polar bears on the melting Ice ...
This Global warming bullshit is a scam .. A "Scientists' " research makes findings that shows global warming exists.. Jackpot ...Boom truck load of money for funding, years of job security and so on.

Scientists' research conclude no evidence of man made climate change.........

No more career in Science ......

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stevenjonessales bleepsn1034 May 05 2014 at 1:45 PM

Ahh yes, the dumb bunnies are out today.

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kitharris1 May 05 2014 at 1:37 PM

president obama solved this problem long ago when he said, air up your tires.

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vpqueen May 05 2014 at 1:41 PM


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stevenjonessales vpqueen May 05 2014 at 1:44 PM

You are a moron vpqueen.

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hornetjlb May 05 2014 at 1:43 PM

Maybe we should kill all the cows in the world especially in India. If anyone knows anything about the polar bear they can swim for miles and do. If you look at the facts there is more polar ice than ever has been and some scientist predict we are going into an ice age. Hello! Facts are we can't control the weather and never have. But there are those out there that will believe anything. By the way I've got a bridge to sell you!

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gregsimmons93 hornetjlb May 05 2014 at 2:02 PM

Where are the facts you cite? Give the public this information, it is extremely important that were know these in order to make a rational decision on what is true. WHERE ARE THE FACTS???? Rush Limbaugh cannot be quoted as a source.

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rsharter6 May 05 2014 at 1:46 PM

Wouldn't you think that the people holding responsibility for the world would seriously consider leaving our forests and other oxygen producers alone/CO2 consumers alone?

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sloanrandp May 05 2014 at 1:48 PM

With over 2 billion people in China & India don't think our 330 million people are going to matter much. Noting China's rapid growth, far outstripping ours, and their growth of Coal fired plants that are not as clean burning as ours, looks like we all better quit breathing out that CO2.I'm holding my breath! Floyd

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vafilec_39 May 05 2014 at 1:48 PM

Its happening whether you like it or not.. But they say nothing about the plants that are still polluting the air and our water. They fine them, however, they keep on doing it.

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mulepick vafilec_39 May 05 2014 at 1:55 PM

Plants take in CO2 and exhaust O2.

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