Monday, 30 October 2017

Greenhouse gas concentrations surge to new record

Source: World Meteorological Organization, 30th October 2017

Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016 to the highest level in 800 000 years, according to the World Meteorological Organization's Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The abrupt changes in the atmosphere witnessed in the past 70 years are without precedent.

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 NiƱo event. Concentrations of CO2 are now 145% of pre-industrial (before 1750) levels, according to the Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.

 Rapidly increasing atmospheric levels of CO2 and other greenhouse gases have the potential to initiate unprecedented changes in climate systems, leading to “severe ecological and economic disruptions,” said the report. (...).

Image: Globally averaged CO2 mole fraction from 1984 to 2016. The red line in is the monthly mean mole fraction with the seasonal variations removed; the blue dots and line depict the monthly averages. Observations from 123 stations have been used for this analysis. Source: WMO GREENHOUSE GAS BULLETIN; The State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Based on Global Observations through 2016; World Meteorological Organization, Global Atmosphere Watch; No. 13 | 30 October 2017

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