Are you ready for the end of the world? According to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, carbon dioxide has reached a new milestone in our atmosphere. The level of CO2 is over 400 ppm and this makes it the biggest record of atmospheric carbon dioxide on our planet. The bad news is that this is just the begging and we should expect higher level in the future.
Scientist Ralph Keeling and his father kept CO2 measurements in Hawaii since 1958. He is expecting not see a value below 400 ppm in the future. What does this mean for us? The Earth is becoming more dangerous for us and the generations that will come are going to have major problems while trying to survive. The only time when the carbon dioxide reached this level was 4.5 million years ago.
To understand better what is happening, think that the CO2 levels were 280 ppm during the Industrial Revolution. That was the moment when the greenhouse effect began to be a threat to humanity. The temperatures have risen during the last years and there are a lot of sources that produce a huge amount of carbon dioxide every year.
Even though we are not able to see or smell the CO2, it does not mean that it is not there. In fact, it is responsible for 63% of the warming. Of course, humans are guilty of the greenhouse effect happening. We are building more factories every year without wondering what will happen to our planet.
The level of carbon dioxide is different for every period of time. Its highest level is supposed to be in May and the lowest during fall when the plants are absorbing the gas. However, it seems that the situation is getting worse no matter the season.
What should we expect in the future? The ice will melt, the sea level is going to rise. Many people from those regions will have to move because their homes will be underwater. The carbon dioxide levels will rise and it will be harder for us to be healthy. The future generations will be in more danger than we could ever think. It is too late to prevent, we can only try to reduce the damage.
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