High CO{-2} levels set a record

High CO{-2} levels set a record

There are 3 comments on the SFGate story from Apr 30, 2014, titled High CO{-2} levels set a record. In it, SFGate reports that:

There's striking new evidence that Earth's atmosphere is increasingly saturated with carbon dioxide, the major gas from fossil fuel emissions that trigger climate change.

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SpaceBlues

Houston, TX

#1 May 1, 2014
.. global emissions from burning fossil fuels rose last month to levels higher than at any time in human history - and higher than it has been in hundreds of thousands of years.
"It is time to stop building things with tailpipes and smokestacks.

"It is time to stop using the sky as a waste dump for our carbon dioxide pollution. If we fail to heed this warning, our children will end up living in a world that is much hotter than any human being has ever experienced."

The average for the entire month was 401.25 parts per million as of Tuesday, he said, and that level had only reached the crucial 400 threshold for the first time during a single day a year ago before dipping slightly.

Records from ice cores drilled in Antarctica reveal air bubbles trapped in the ice as long ago as 800,000 years ago and not one of those gas bubbles has revealed carbon dioxide levels higher than 300 parts per million.

"The rise of carbon dioxide levels above 400 parts per million is an indicator that the problem of global warming is getting worse, not better." This means we need to focus more heavily on solutions to this problem, namely converting to wind, water and solar power for all purposes.

"Failure to convert will result in a growing risk of economic, social and political instability as warming and air pollution worsens while fossil-fuel prices rise. Such risks can be averted by switching rapidly, but cannot be averted so easily if a switch is delayed."

P.S. SFGate is great.
Mary Hadalamb

Albany, CA

#2 May 1, 2014
SpaceBlues wrote:
.. global emissions from burning fossil fuels rose last month to levels higher than at any time in human history - and higher than it has been in hundreds of thousands of years.
"It is time to stop building things with tailpipes and smokestacks.
"It is time to stop using the sky as a waste dump for our carbon dioxide pollution. If we fail to heed this warning, our children will end up living in a world that is much hotter than any human being has ever experienced."
The average for the entire month was 401.25 parts per million as of Tuesday, he said, and that level had only reached the crucial 400 threshold for the first time during a single day a year ago before dipping slightly.
Records from ice cores drilled in Antarctica reveal air bubbles trapped in the ice as long ago as 800,000 years ago and not one of those gas bubbles has revealed carbon dioxide levels higher than 300 parts per million.
"The rise of carbon dioxide levels above 400 parts per million is an indicator that the problem of global warming is getting worse, not better." This means we need to focus more heavily on solutions to this problem, namely converting to wind, water and solar power for all purposes.
"Failure to convert will result in a growing risk of economic, social and political instability as warming and air pollution worsens while fossil-fuel prices rise. Such risks can be averted by switching rapidly, but cannot be averted so easily if a switch is delayed."
P.S. SFGate is great.
4Q
SpaceBlues

Houston, TX

#3 May 2, 2014
Mary Hadalamb wrote:
<quoted text> 4Q
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