(ORDO NEWS) — Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, which warms the planet, have crossed a key milestone – more than 50% higher than in the pre-industrial period, according to a new report.
Far from the most encouraging news for the planet and its inhabitants…
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), CO 2 levels measured in May 2022 were 421 ppm (“parts per million”).
For comparison, before the industrial revolution at the end of the 19th century, carbon dioxide levels were 280 ppm.
Past years have also seen record levels of carbon dioxide emissions, with 419 ppm in May 2021 and 417 ppm in 2020.
Growth in emissions declined only at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, but quickly returned to its previous course.
The fact is that vehicles, power plants and industries around the world continue to produce emissions far ahead of any efforts to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis.
What happens if emissions continue to rise?
Rising carbon emissions will seriously affect human food security and living conditions in some areas. Many researchers argue that if the Earth warms up by more than 2 degrees, by 2035 humanity will reach the point of no return.
The predicted impacts include an increase in wildfires and other natural disasters, as well as an increase in the number of some insects, which will increase the risk of malaria and other diseases. Over 1 million species could also go extinct if temperatures continue to rise.
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