Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Have Reached a New All-Time High

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Have Reached a New All-Time High

The bad news regarding the state of our planet and climate keeps piling up. Yesterday, a report predicted climate change could have disastrous effects for the planet by 2050. Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, better known as NOAA, published data showing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are continuing to skyrocket.

CO2 levels recorded at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory reached a new record high in May, peaking at 414.7 parts per million (ppm). That’s the highest seasonal peak recorded in 61 years of measurements at the mountaintop observatory.

This marks the “seventh consecutive year of steep global increases” in CO2 levels in the atmosphere, according to the press release. But the amount of carbon dioxide has been on the upswing ever since the observatory first started measuring. In the early 1960s, … Read the rest