Skip to comments.Warming gas levels hit 'troubling milestone'
Posted on 05/31/2012 8:27:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (AP) The world's air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant.
Monitoring stations across the Arctic this spring are measuring more than 400 parts per million of the heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere. The number isn't quite a surprise, because it's been rising at an accelerating pace. Years ago, it passed the 350 ppm mark that many scientists say is the highest safe level for carbon dioxide. It now stands globally at 395.
So far, only the Arctic has reached that 400 level, but the rest of the world will follow soon.
"The fact that it's 400 is significant," said Jim Butler, global monitoring director at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Lab in Boulder, Colo. "It's just a reminder to everybody that we haven't fixed this and we're still in trouble."
Carbon dioxide is the chief greenhouse gas and most of it lasts about 100 years in the air, but some of it stays in the atmosphere for thousands of years. Some carbon dioxide is natural, mainly from decomposing dead plants and animals. Before the Industrial Age, levels were around 275 parts per million.
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"Well, yeah. It's even higher than eleven!"
Obama must have been giving another speech. Someone shut this man up or the planet will die! LOL.
I wish I could make up complete BS and get paid handsomely.
Errr....that would be water vapor.
...I thought all the ice at the arctic was supposed to be gone by now....
CO2 is NOT a pollutant and is essential for all life on earth. That minute amounts of CO2 can alter the global climate is pure BS. In Australia a group of scientists have formed the Galileo Movement to oppose the Labour governments CO2 tax. This Galileo Movement video puts the whole CO2 as pollutant argument to rest. Grain of Rice Video
All that number means is that there are 999,605 parts per million of other gases.
There is a depiction of WATER VAPOR on most WEATHER SATELLITE websites.
There NEVER is a CO2 depiction. Wonder why?
CO2 = < 400ppM = < 0.04 % of atmosphere
H2O = 25,000 ppM = 2.5 % of atmosphere
BTW, note that the CO2 levels did not statistically correlate with the atmosphere temperatures in the 1940’s.
“carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant.”
LOL! Who wrote this, an eighth grader?
I apologize for the lack of html, HB (my kids and husband use a French keyboard and I can only do html properly at home), but isn’t methane one of the biggest pollutants? As in, um, cow emissions?
at home = should be “at work.”
Calm Down ! Calm Down ! God made it we can’t break it !
Absolutely. The theories they proffer have nothing to back them up and fly in the face of historical data. I mean if that 1 C change from CO2 could get us to a tipping point, why have we not hit it already and gone into a catastrophic warming death spiral? I mean the annual temperature variations year to year can be appreciably greater than 1 degree.
The theories are complete bunk, and only a self deluded computer modeller or someone who’s funding 100% relies upon panicking people would sell such crap.
WE ARE ALL GONNA DIE! (sometime)
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LOL! Who wrote this, an eighth grader?
Have you seen photos of some of these liberal 'journalists'? Most of them look like they just stepped in from skateboarding at the local mall.
I'm not kidding. Most of what we read in the liberal press is being pounded out by people whose very first presidential vote was for John Kerry.
Dang it! I just bought some green bananas!
And the last Ice Age was 2000+ PPM....
Careful now - they don’t take kindly to you mathy types throwing facts around like that.
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