According to the experts, carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere are higher than ever before.
Carbon dioxide is the biggest cause of global warming. As fossil fuels are burnt throughout the world, tons of CO2 are released into the atmosphere thereby causing a SNAFU.
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However, now this CO2 has reached epic proportions in the current month of September. The values of CO2 have remained at a record 400 ppm during each day and week of this month which is indeed cause for alarm.
A Scripps scientist named Ralph Keeling, whose father’s famous “Keeling Curve” was the longest kept record of atmospheric carbon dioxide, has spoken on the matter as well.
Since 1958 both father and son have kept the log book on carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Keeling said that these values are not expected to simmer down. To go below 400 ppm is a pipe dream.
Increase in gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide is causing climate change to rapidly jump by leaps and bounds. This leaves our earth as a dangerous place for future generations.
The greenhouse effect is at its peak. The last time such extreme climatic conditions were reached was millions of years ago in the past. 4.5 million years ago it reached a maximum of 415 ppm, according to USAToday.
Such is the paradox of the situation. Carbon dioxide levels in the air were around only 280 ppm at the time the Industrial Revolution had not even begun. We are talking of the 1800s here.
However, when large quantities of fossil fuels began to be burnt, the concentration of greenhouse gases began to supersaturate the atmosphere. The burning of oil, gas and coal for energy was the most disastrous thing mankind did and we are still facing the aftermath of this whole-scale pollution.
Had Nature been left as it is, such a scenario would not have presented itself to us as we see today. Carbon dioxide cannot be seen, has no smell and doesn’t even leave behind any color to show its presence. It is silent and deadly. It causes 63% of the pollution that we have in today’s world.
By the time the future arrives (which is soon enough) the levels of CO2 will probably reach 410 ppm in the atmosphere. This will be a point of no return. So let us work in tandem to reduce the levels of greenhouse gases before it is too late.