The continent of Antarctica has reached a new milestone in carbon dioxide concentration. It now has an official rate of 400 ppm for the first time in millions of years.
The world is not the way it used to be. For one thing, carbon dioxide levels have been building up in the atmosphere since the start of the industrial revolution.
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The latest casualty of this pollution and climate change is Antarctica which has reached a carbon dioxide concentration of 400 ppm. This comes as a shocker to many. Yet it is the (un)natural consequence of man’s interventionist designs.
To delve into history, we discover that in 2013, the threshold of 400 ppm was crossed for the first time on earth. Many hot spots around the global village continue to reach this reading due to the massive influx of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
On May 23, 2016, the South Pole observatory announced the new negative milestone that had been reached and that was cause for alarm. The NOAA warned that this was the first time in 4 million years that such a line had been crossed.
South Pole carbon dioxide levels hit record. Daily average carbon dioxide readings at the South Pole from 2014 to present, as recorded by NOAA's greenhouse gas monitoring network. (NOAA)
Carbon dioxide moves in mysterious ways throughout the atmosphere. There is a lag in its spreading nature. The carbon pollution occurs mainly in the northern hemisphere.
That is where the majority of the world’s people live. All those people are burning fossil fuels through their daily activities. The results are obviously not good. Yet now it seems that the southern hemisphere is catching up fast with the north.
Even in the remote corners of the world where there exists not a thing called civilization, carbon dioxide seems to have spread its iniquitous influence. Carbon dioxide that is released in The Big Apple reaches the frigid South Pole within months.
So it is not that this is a phenomenon restricted to the North or the South. It is everywhere. Now the carbon dioxide levels have gone sky high and the 400 ppm reading is a constant throughout the world, be it Antarctica or Africa or even Australia for that matter.
Human activities tend to mold the planet mostly for the worst. Pristine Nature gets warped and takes on a deformed shape thanks to the destruction wreaked by 21st century man. With the rise in sea levels, sweltering heat waves, bleached corals, species extinction and other extreme events throughout the globe, the Paris Accord comes as a beacon of hope for a bewildered Mother Nature.
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Finally, the world’s leaders are putting their foot down and implementing measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions and reverse the extensive damage that has been done to the environment.