Observatory data confirms a returned trend of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.ByAlexandra Kelley | April 6, 2021https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.448.1_en.html#goog_130977516200:00 of 00:55Volume 20%Next Up
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- As travel returns worldwide, carbon dioxide levels are increasing.
- Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are key contributors to climate change.
One of the U.S.’s premier observatories for measuring carbon dioxide emissions released into the atmosphere reported a record-breaking figure on April 3, noting a total of 421.21 particulate matter (ppm) of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere — the highest daily average ever recorded.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1378912724323819523&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fthehill.com%2Fchanging-america%2Fsustainability%2Fclimate-change%2F546653-carbon-dioxide-in-atmosphere-has-spiked-to&sessionId=100290235f060f3d79ff00989bcef6c7fa9b029c&theme=light&widgetsVersion=1ead0c7%3A1617660954974&width=550px
Based on data collected at theMauna Loa laboratoryin Hawaii, the peak comes after relatively low readings throughout March and early April, aside from a single uptick recorded between March 19 to 21.
Notably, however, when observing annual trends, this record-breaking volume represents a return to pre-pandemic levels.
Carbon dioxide emissions have gradually increased since hitting…
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