According to recently published data, the levels of carbon dioxide on Earth have reached the highest recorded levels in human history. For the first time in history, average monthly carbon dioxide levels exceeded 420 parts per million (ppm) in April. This is the highest peak since the beginning of observation 64 years ago.

Rising greenhouse gas emissions have pushed carbon dioxide levels to 421.33 ppm per day over the past week.

In an attempt to raise awareness about the alarming rise in carbon dioxide levels, climate campaign teenager Greta Thunberg said that if the levels were confirmed, it would be at least “truly revolutionary”. And I don’t mean that in a good way …

The data were taken from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Mauna Loa, Hawaii.

According to the data, atmospheric carbon dioxide exceeded the levels of the pre-industrial revolution by more than 50 percent for the first time in 2021.

In particular, the highest atmospheric CO2 was recorded 20 years ago at 375.93 ppm, and in May 2021 it reached 419.13 ppm.

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CO2 levels change throughout the year due to the seasons of the Northern Hemisphere. Increased plant growth in the northern summer leads to an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), CO2 is currently increasing about 100 times faster than any other period in geological history.

In particular, the pandemic has helped temporarily reduce these emissions due to blockages in most countries around the world.

Rising emissions from fossil fuels have become a major factor in worrying increases in atmospheric CO2.

According to Professor Simon Lewis of University College London, “It’s easy to forget how much and how quickly fossil fuel emissions affect the environment. It took more than 200 years to increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 25 percent and only 30 years to reach 50 percent above pre-industrial levels.

“This dramatic change is like a human meteorite hitting the Earth. “CO2 accelerates global warming because more carbon in the atmosphere means less heat can escape,” he added.

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