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Post by Rockhopper on Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:09 pm

Antarctic CO2 Hit 400 PPM For First Time in 4 Million Years!

A little 400 ppm history. Three years ago, the world’s gold standard carbon dioxide observatory passed the symbolic threshold of 400 ppm. Other observing stations have steadily reached that threshold as carbon dioxide spreads across the planet’s atmosphere at various points since then. Collectively, the world passed the threshold for a month last year.

In the remote reaches of Antarctica, the South Pole Observatory carbon dioxide observing station cleared 400 ppm on May 23, according to an announcement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday. That’s the first time it’s passed that level in 4 million years (no, that’s not a typo).

There’s a lag in how carbon dioxide moves around the atmosphere. Most carbon pollution originates in the northern hemisphere because that’s where most of the world’s population lives. That’s in part why carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit the 400 ppm milestone earlier in the northern reaches of the world.

But the most remote continent on earth has caught up with its more populated counterparts.

“The increase of carbon dioxide is everywhere, even as far away as you can get from civilization,” Pieter Tans, a carbon-monitoring scientist at the Environmental Science Research Laboratory, said. “If you emit carbon dioxide in New York, some fraction of it will be in the South Pole next year.”


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Post by Stargate on Sat Jun 18, 2016 1:17 pm

Yea Tim, sounds interesting but we have some large monsters waiting to crawl out and devour us at the moment. I think the carbon issue should be addressed, but the broken reactors spewing radio active materials in the see and atmosphere is a much bigger problem. There are still a large amount of dead fishes and see creatures washing up on the shores all over the world. As you know I do not believe global warming is what they are telling us, too much scientific controversy on that point.


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