The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is hitting new highs. Scientists are reporting that the level of concentration is gradually increasing and chances are it will exceed the 400 parts per million (ppm). This is a level that has not been experienced on earth for around 4 million years. Researchers at the Mauna Loa Observatory have already recorded highs averaging 399 ppm. This raises concerns as it depicts a steadily increasing trend of the levels of the most imperative heat trapping gas in the earths atmosphere.
Considering the fact that humans had not evolved more than three million years ago, this new records are quite alarming. In addition, the Mauna Loa Observatory has been recording some averages exceeding 400 ppm during some hours. As their researchers indicate carbon levels tend to increase in mid May. This is a depiction that the world is yet to hear of new records in the next few days or weeks.
Mauna Loa Observatory is run by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The institutions boasts of having the oldest records of monitoring CO2 concentrations in the world. It is also globally acknowledged as the baseline standard for all atmospheric carbon. Therefore, the institutions reports are globally accepted and quite accurate. Being located 11,335 feet above sea level and in the mid pacific, the institution sits above temperature inversion levels and is far from major pollution sources.
The increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is quite alarming. The trend indicates that the world is doing nothing to combat the situation and instead it is encouraging it. Unless the world unitedly takes major steps to slow the rate of increase the world is going to suffer great repercussions from the gases greenhouses effect. Mauna Loa projects that within 30 years concentration might surpass 450 ppm. The increase in concentration is taking the world a step further to facing the consequences of global warming.