Heat-trapping carbon dioxide levels in air hit another high

June 7, 2018 by Seth Borenstein
Heat-trapping carbon dioxide levels in air hit another high
In this Tuesday, May 1, 2018 file photo, the Richmond city skyline is seen on the horizon behind the coal ash ponds near Dominion Energy's Chesterfield Power Station in Chester, Va. On June 7, 2018, scientists reported the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air peaked again this year at record levels. Carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas and comes from the burning of coal, gas and oil. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air peaked again this year at record levels, scientists reported Thursday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that carbon dioxide levels averaged 411.25 parts per million in May at the federal Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii, up from 409.65 a year ago.

The Scripps Institution for Oceanography, where scientists first started tracking the gas, found a similar increase.

May is traditionally the highest month for carbon dioxide levels; in late spring and summer, plants suck the heat-trapping gas out of the air.

The amount of carbon dioxide in the air has increased nearly 26 percent in 50 years. Burning coal, gas and oil emits carbon dioxide, which is a major greenhouse gas.

NOAA greenhouse gas monitoring chief Pieter Tans said the rate of increase from last year is a little less than past years but much more than it was in the 1990s.

"The emissions that we are causing today will still be in the atmosphere-ocean system thousands of years from now," Tans said. "We are as a global society making an extremely long climate change commitment."

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ForFreeMinds
not rated yet Jun 07, 2018
I'm of the impression that increased temperatures would be good for mankind, simply because it increases the amount of land on which crops can be grown. Further, the new dual-dynamo models of the Sun suggest we're moving into at least a little Ice Age starting in about 12 years.
rrwillsj
1 / 5 (3) Jun 07, 2018
Global Warming is only one facet of the many issues propelling Global Climate Change.

Are you making any preparations for violently erratic weather for your family or community? Or are you waiting for someone else to do it for you?

"We are your government. And we are here to assist you."

Yeah? Well not anymore. Unless you have pockets deep enough to outbid all the other wankers willing to bribe Trumps kleptocracy.

Adding Solar fluctuations to all the other effects on climate and the environment. Reveals all the bad human decisions contributing to future disasters.

Too late now to worry about a possible beginning of another set of problems that won't kick-in until more than a decade from today.

You better worry about if your AC is going to outlast running 24/7 for the next six months of brutal heatwaves.

As far back as I can remember, we had very cold Novembers. Last Thanksgiving you could cut up a turkey and fry it right on the sidewalks.

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