– CO2 levels are 50% higher than in the industrial era
The U.S. Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a warning. Earth has never reached such a high level of CO2 in about 4 million years.
The CO2 concentration Atmospheric pressure in May was 50% higher than in pre-industrial times, and the U.S. agency warned Friday that it has never been seen on Earth for about 4 million years. The Global warming The U.S. Agency for Marine and Atmospheric Surveillance (NOAA) underscores that transportation, cement production, or deforestation are clearly the cause of this new increase, caused by humans, especially by generating electricity using fossil fuels.
May is usually the year with the highest carbon dioxide levels. In May 2022, the unit of measurement used to calculate air pollution exceeded the bar of 420 parts per million (ppm). In May 2021, this rate was 419 ppm and in 2020 it was 417 ppm. These measurements are taken at the Mauna Loa Laboratory in Hawaii, which is located on top of a volcano, which allows it to remain unaffected by local pollution.
Prior to the Industrial Revolution, CO2 levels were maintained at 280 ppm, according to NOAA, about 6000 years before human civilization. “When CO2 levels were close to 400 ppm 4.1 and 4.5 million years ago, the level reached today was” comparable, “one company said in a statement.
“What does it take to wake us up?”
Back then, sea levels were 5 to 25 meters high, enough to cover many of today’s major cities. According to studies, large forests occupy parts of the Arctic. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that has a warming effect, causing gradual global warming. It persists in the atmosphere and oceans for thousands of years.
This warming is already having dramatic effects, including the proliferation of heat waves, droughts, fires or floods, NOAA recalled. “Carbon dioxide is at a level our race has never seen before – it’s nothing new,” NOAA scientist Peter Dance said in a statement. “We have known this for half a century and have failed to do anything meaningful. What will it take to wake us up?”