CO2 levels this year ’50 percent higher than 18th century’


by Patrick Galey 

Atmospheric CO2 concentrations are rising annually, despite an uprecedented drop in emissions last year
Atmospheric CO2 concentrations are rising annually, despite an uprecedented drop in emissions last year

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will this year reach levels 50 percent higher than before the industrial revolution because of manmade emissions, Britain’s Met Office predicted on Friday.

It forecasted the annual average CO2concentration measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii in 2021 will be around 2.29 parts per million (ppm) higher than in 2020. 

It said CO2 concentrations will exceed 417 ppm at some point between April and June—50 percent higher than the 278 ppm present in the late 18th century when the industrial era kicked off.

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