Carbon dioxide in the air reached never seen before levels and hit a worrying record, announced researchers.
In March, it was announced by the Atmospheric Administration and The National Oceanic that the monthly carbon dioxide released reached 400.83 part per million)this being the average rate).
This has been the first month recorded for the entire planet to reach 400 ppm, a level that has not been heard of for the last 2 million years. The thing is, carbon dioxide is not just getting higher and higher but it is developing at a rhythm of 100 times faster than in the past.
The data is extremely disturbing and discouraging from the beginning, as it is very difficult to find solutions of slowing this process down, explained Pieter Tans scientists at NOAA. The entire process is taking place at such a high speed that it can be compared to an explosion when looking at the the natural slow moving flow of changes happening on Earth.
In 1980 NOAA calculated for the very first time the average levels of carbon dioxide on the planet. Presently the numbers are 18% higher than it was back then, meaning that for the past 35 years carbon dioxide levels in the air went up with 61 parts per million. The main causes of this, is the constant industrialization of the planet and human activities such as burning of gas, oil and coal, among others.
Carbon dioxide is the most common gas in the air that retains heat and is one of the factors causing global warming.
Before Earth was inhabited by humans it was necessary for 6,000 years to pass for carbon dioxide to go up to 80 parts per million, stated researchers.
Also, recent records of carbon dioxide emission measured at Mauna Loa went over 400 ppm for the first time, in May 2013. Mauna Loa has been a place where Cos levels have been measured constantly since 1958 and holds the longest record of CO2 levels on Earth.
In 2012 the Atmospheric Administration’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network recorded levels of 400 ppm in Arctic locations as well.
But the most recent statistics are more concerning as it was the first time 400 ppm have reached a global record.
NOAA researchers gather air samples in flasks from 40 places around the planet. These places include remote islands an ship decks among others. Data has been much more encouraging from the samples taken from remote places, explained NOAA researcher, Ed Dlugokencky.
The monthly numbers recorded each month are directly proportionate with the period of the season. They reach their peak in May and start diminishing as plants start to absorb the carbon dioxide in the air because they need it more for photosynthesis in this period.
A certified fact is that every year, these levels are recorded to be higher than the previous year. No matter what the location was, numbers have shown that CO2 levels keep going up and show discouraging signs of slowing down.
The only thing that could stop carbon dioxide from increasing in the atmosphere is to remove all the emitting factors completely, which is quite impossible.
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