Atmospheric CO2 levels at highest in 800,000 years

May 14, 2019, 8:51 AM EDT

The world’s insatiable appetite for power from fossil fuels is resulting in unseen levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. On May 11, the concentration of carbon-dioxide in the atmosphere breached 415.26 ppm at the Mauna Loa Observatory — the highest for 800,000 years of recorded history.

If the trend continues, the scientists warn that the global temperatures will rise dramatically, producing a cascade effect marked by more intense storms, flooding, sea-level rise, loss of agriculture, and destruction of ecosystems, writes New Atlas.

This concentration of carbon-dioxide means that humans have never been exposed to such conditions through the course of their existence, reports Earther. As warned by a series of reports, reversing this carbon upsurge would require major revamp in the way the world produces energy and emits carbon-dioxide.

 

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