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CO2 Levels Reach the Highest Point in Human History

CO2 levels reach the highest point in human history


According to NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory, an atmospheric baseline station in Hawaii, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere on Monday, Feb 10thwas 416.08 parts per million.


NOAA plotted between CO2(ppm) and daily trend. NOAA computed the average CO2 values from selected hourly values that satisfy 'background' conditions, i.e. stability and persistence of CO2 concentrations.


Here's how carbon emissions have changed over the last 100-odd years.

Year – Carbon Dioxide (ppm)


1880 – 290.8

1890 – 294.4

1900 – 295.7

1910 – 300.1

1920 – 303.4

1930 – 307.5

1940 – 311.3

1950 – 311,3

1960 – 316.9

1970 – 325.7

1980 – 338.8

1990 – 354.4

2000 – 369.6

2010 – 389.9

2019 – 412.0


Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who founded the global youth-led climate action movement Fridays for Future, tweeted Tuesday of NOAA's new finding that "the saddest thing is that this won't be breaking news."


"And basically no one understands the full meaning of this. Because we're in a crisis that's never been treated as a crisis," added the 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize nominee.


We must accelerate our transition to renewable energy else we will continue to see record temperatures, freak weather incidents, such as storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods, as well as drought.


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