CO2 IN ATMOSPHERE INCREASING FASTER THAN EVER IN 2015 AND 2016

[Permalink]

13 march 2017

Energy and Environment
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising at the fastest rate ever recorded

By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post, March 13

For the second year in a row, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have climbed at a record pace. According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, carbon dioxide levels jumped by three parts per million in both 2015 and 2016 and now rest at about 405 parts per million.

It’s the biggest jump ever observed at the agency’s Mauna Loa Baseline Atmospheric Observatory in Hawaii, where the measurements were recorded. Similar observations have been recorded at stations all over the world, said Pieter Tans, who leads the Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases group at NOAA’s Greenhouse Gas Reference Network.

Throughout the last decade, the average rate of increase has been around 2.3 parts per million per year, Tans added.

READ MORE


>>> Back to list