UN: In the atmosphere reached record high concentration of carbon dioxide

ООН: В атмосфере рекордно выросла концентрация углекислого газа

The atmosphere is deteriorating

The maximum high for the last 800 thousand years.

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere has reached the highest level in the last 800 thousand years. This is stated in the report of the world meteorological organization, reports RBC-Ukraine.

As noted, at the end of 2016, the average CO2 concentration reached the level of 403,3 ppm (in each cubic meter of air 403,3 ml is a carbon dioxide), which is 45% higher than the concentration in the pre-industrial period (1750).

It is noted that in 2016, the increase of CO2 concentration in the atmosphere set a new record.

“The rate of growth of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere over the past 70 years almost 100 times higher than the growth rate at the end of the last ice age. As far as we can judge according to the direct and indirect observations, such a sharp change of CO2 levels in the atmosphere have never been observed”, – the report says the WMO.

UN experts warn that the rapid growth of the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will inevitably lead to a global deterioration of climate on the planet.

The Secretary-General of WMO, petteri Taalas said that without rapid cuts in emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases by the end of this century we can expect a dangerous rise in temperature, considerably exceeding the target set by the Paris agreement on climate change.

“The current levels of CO2 correspond to the climate that was observed in the middle Pliocene (3-5 million years ago), the temperature was 2-3 degrees warmer and at which melting of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets, and had even lost part of the East Antarctic shield, which led to a rise in sea level by 10-20 m compared to the present”, – reported in the report.

We will remind, in the summer because of the heat level of air pollution in some districts of Kiev was exceeded twice.