CO2’s Vertigo-Inducing Rate of Rise — In First 5 Months of 2016 Hothouse Gas Concentration Rocketed 3.7 Parts Per Million Above 2015

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“Perhaps the most worrisome threat is that because the Arctic is warming so much faster than the globe as a whole, the permafrost — soil that remains frozen year-round — is thawing. As it does, organic matter which is trapped within can decay, and when it does it releases CO2 into the atmosphere, except those places where instead of releasing CO2 it releases CH4.”Tamino.

With the Northern Hemisphere Pole warming at a rate 2-3 times faster than the rest of the globe, there’s a risk that we start to set off a kind of runaway warming feedback. We may be near that threshold now… God help us if we’ve crossed it…

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Prior to 2015, the highest annual rate of atmospheric CO2 increase occurred in 1998 at 2.9 ppm. This record was broken in 2015 when atmospheric CO2 levels climbed by 3.05 ppm…

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  1. With everything that is now taking place regarding the planetary systems–record heating, more violent storms, increasing mega fires, with resulting wildlife species’ declines—I fear this is already in the runaway mode. No one is listening except a few. It would require massive shut downs of fossil fuel energy, immediately, to even barely mitigate this monster we’ve created.

    We have already seen major ecosystem changes. Here in NM, the hottest temps recorded, now going on into weeks, not just days, with no rain to speak of–even at altitudes of 7 K or more. I have noticed a big change in bird populations, and behavior, not to mention the lack of pollinators. This, to me is already “runaway.”

    And what do we humans concern ourselves with, in this planetary crisis? Election shows, featuring a megalomaniac who believes Climate Change is a hoax—with a large portion of this country following his every rant and rave.
    Things are falling apart: physically, psychologically, economically, socially, with total Chaos around the corner.
    Sorry, I cannot be more “upbeat.”

    http://www.foranimals.org

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