On Tuesday, scientists said that carbon dioxide levels on earth reached its highest record last week. According to scientists, this gas is most responsible for global warming.
The carbon dioxide levels in Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory averaged at around 414.8 parts per million this May. This record yet again passed various records and became the new all-time high. This is a new level of carbon dioxide in the world was the first time in the history of humankind to rise. Also, it is higher than what it has been for the past millions of years.
Scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising every day. However, every year, the percentage of the risk increases at a rapid pace.
This record is the highest recorded value over the past 65 years of observations. The levels recorded were recorded on top of the highest volcano in Hawaii. Furthermore, as per the researchers, this is the seventh consecutive year when the levels of carbon dioxide continue to rise.
Although the value, 414.8 parts in a million, may not seem a lot, scientists have noted that even the slightest rise in the levels of gases can cause rapid and steep changes in the temperatures all around the world.
Scientists say that the burning of fossil fuels and the increase in greenhouse gases has led to an increase in such levels. Furthermore, the scientists also say that the rise in gases, methane and other gases such as carbon dioxide as well as other harmful ones cannot be explained by natural reasons.
NOAA said that over the past two decades, the temperatures have risen by at least two-thirds of a degree Fahrenheit. A scientist also said if the burning of fossil fuels is not decreased, the condition will only get worse.