On Monday, The Concentration Of CO2 In Earth’s Atmosphere Hit A Record High
Monday brought with it a record high concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, leading to renewed calls for an end to fossil fuel emissions and deforestation.
Common Dreams reported that NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory logged a daily average of CO2 levels of 416.08 parts per million on February 10. The publication noted that “soaring rates of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere have signaled that the world is not ambitiously addressing the climate crisis.”
Teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg tweeted about the finding on Tuesday, saying "the saddest thing is that this won't be breaking news."
"And basically no one understands the full meaning of this. Because we're in a crisis that's never been treated as a crisis," the Nobel Peace Prize nominee added.
Other activists and scientists got in on the call for action as well, including Belgian climate scientist Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, who offered the reminder that "emissions from fossil fuels and deforestation need to be reduced to ZERO to stop this trend!"
Ypersele, who has had a hand in multiple reports put out by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, tweeted that the record is nothing “to be proud of.”
In January, the UK’s national weather service, the Met Office, warned that "a forecast of the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide shows that 2020 will witness one of the largest annual rises in concentration since measurements began at Mauna Loa, in Hawaii, 1958."
The office also noted that emissions from Australia’s bushfires over the past several months would be a contributing factor in expected CO2 increases, which officials said would likely “peak above 417 parts per million in May.”