We are living in a carbon dioxide bubble. According to a recent study, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached its highest level in 800,000 years in 2016.
The study released by the World Meteorological Organization
According to the Greenhouse Gas Bulletin,
“Globally averaged concentrations of CO2 reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400.00 ppm in 2015 because of a combination of human activities and a strong El Niño event. Concentrations of CO2are now 145% of pre-industrial (before 1750) levels.”
The El Niño event in 2015 contributed to the rapid surge, triggering droughts in tropical regions. El Niño, bands of warm ocean water that develop in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific, also reduced the capacity of “sinks” like forests, vegetation, and the oceans to absorb CO2.
We hit 400.00 ppm in 2015 for the first time on record and now are 44 percent above levels before the Industrial Revolution. Just to give an idea how serious this is, according to the report,
“The rate of increase of atmospheric CO2 over the past 70 years is nearly 100 times larger than that at the end of the last ice age. As far as direct and proxy observations can tell, such abrupt changes in the atmospheric levels of CO2 have never before been seen.”
The irresponsible contribution of our human activities might cost us our planet. The rapid increase in CO2 levels in our atmosphere will have a drastic effect on our climate systems. You should be scared as the increase will lead to “severe ecological and economic disruptions.”
The United Nation’s WMO said this can potentially fuel a 20-meter (65-foot) rise in sea levels and add 3 degrees to temperatures. This report is a call to action. Although the gases emitted by humans are already trapped in the atmosphere we can still make a change for the better.