In February there was an alarming increase in the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The level reached to 411.66 parts per billion in Hawaii. Scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has carried this report. The carbon dioxide levels were always a threat to mankind and the atmosphere. Last year the emissions were also at the high level. According to the Scripps “Since humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions were at an all-time high last year, a new record was expected. What was shocking was that it occurred so early in the year: Earth’s carbon dioxide levels typically peak in May, when the vast northern forests of North America and Asia are just beginning to green up.” Setting a new record in February is “rare,”
Ralph Keeling who is the Group Director of Scripps CO2 group said “In most years, the previous maximum is surpassed in March or April. The February record breaking is a measure of just how fast CO2 has been rising in the past months.” He added, “the combination of weak El Nino conditions and unprecedented emissions from fossil-fuel burning.” Levels of carbon dioxide have been rising rapidly because of human activities, and we are leading the world to a decline ultimately. Greenhouse gas emission was also high last year, and the new record was set.
This year we can expect to see around 415 parts per billion carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We did not notice such high levels when there were no cars. Agriculture was there then modern humans have evolved with other living styles which is causing harm to the mother nature. That’s in line with scientists’ predictions of a planet creeping toward dangerous and irreversible tipping points and highlights the dangers of collective foot-dragging on shifting to a carbon-free economy.