Report: Carbon Dioxide Levels In Atmosphere Hit Record High

The rise in carbon dioxide outpaced the last 10 years' average annual increase

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French Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of World Meteorological Organization, WMO, informs the media about the annual greenhouse gas bulletin in the atmosphere during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached a record-breaking high last year, according to a new report.

The report out Wednesday from the United Nations World Meteorological Organization found the greenhouse gas measure at 393.1 parts per million in 2012, exceeding the 350 parts per million that some scientists and environmental advocates have pegged as the maximum safe limit, the Associated Press reports. The 2012 levels were an increase of 2.2 parts parts per million from the previous year.

The U.N. weather agency predicts worldwide pollution levels will surpass 400 parts per million by 2016, which has already been recorded in individual measurement stations in 2012 and 2013.

Michel Jarraud, the secretary general of the World Meteorological Organization, said the increase in greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide reveals how the world has “upset the natural balance of our atmosphere and are a major contribution to climate change.”

[AP]

4 comments
MelitaGee
MelitaGee

Since the earth is so old and we have only been measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide levels for the past 100 or so years (just a gestimate as I have no idea how long they have been taking measurements) how could they possibly and definitively know that these levels are dangerously high???

glubber
glubber

"The 2012 levels were an increase of 2.2 parts parts per million from the previous year."

So 2011 was a record high as well!? And so was the year before, and the year before, etc. !? :-)

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glubber
glubber

Pr. million what? particels? Liters? kilogram? 

Anyway, it is 0.0393 % of those millions up there! 90% of greenhouse gases up there is vapor and as it is warming up more vapor is created, a selfgoing process unless something is takeing out the steam! :-)

Does Meteorologs actually know what is going on up there!? Are they perhaps lost in space? Or simulations?

urbangreen
urbangreen

And up, up, up it goes, with no government in sight giving a damn about it. Ironic since no action now will probably result in an ultra-authoritarian approach later on when there is no choice.

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