Human history has never seen carbon dioxide levels this high
Keeling Curvein Hawaii officially recorded carbon dioxidelevels hitting 415ppm for the first time in human history.
- The last time carbon dioxide levels were this high, trees were growing at the South Pole.
- According Ralph Keeling, Director of the program, analyses, "This increase is just not sustainable in terms of energy use and in terms of what we are doing to the planet."
The Keeling Curve, a graph that keeps a record of all the carbon dioxide that's being accumulated in the Earth's atmosphere, just recorded that the harmful gas has breached 415 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history.
Every year it goes up like this we should be saying 'No, this shouldn't be happening. It’s not normal.'
The higher the ppm, the higher the concentration of the substance — in this case, it's the concentration of carbon dioxide in the air.
Eric Holthas, a meteorologist, clarified on Twitter that this doesn't just mean from before recorded history but from before humans came into existence.
In fact, the last time the levels of carbon dioxide were this high, there were trees growing at the South Pole.
This is the first time in human history our planet's atmosphere has had more than 415ppm CO2. Not just in recorded… https://t.co/C2I6k2XFXz— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) 1557695247000
Scientists had already predicted that this day would come, or as Thanos would say, it was "inevitable."
There seems to be no going back
The observations are recorded by the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. Their data shows that the upward trend in carbon dioxide levels shows no signs of slowing down. Between 2016 to 2017, the levels escalated from 400ppm to 410ppm within a year.
The director of the Scripps CO2 program in Hawaii, Ralph Keeling, analyses, "The average growth rate is remaining on the high end. The increase from last year will probably be around three parts per million whereas the recent average has been 2.5 ppm."
This increase is just not sustainable in terms of energy use and in terms of what we are doing to the planet.
Despite numerous treaties and projects, the goals for clean energy as far from being met. Mike Waldron, an International Energy Agency(IEA) investment analyst, said, "Governments have not clearly committed, nor have they clearly not committed to reaching the Paris Agreement goals."
According to the IEA, if countries want to meet their climate goals they have to double their spending on renewable power and taper down on how much they invest in coal and oil.
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