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Carbon dioxide levels reach an all-time high of 415ppm

According to the sensors at the Mauna Loa Observatory which is research outpost of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, carbon dioxide levels have crossed 415 parts per million and is reaching 415.26 parts per million. This kind of drastic change has been recorded for the first time in human history.

On 13th May 2019, a climate reporter Eric Holthaus posted about the macabre milestone which he came to know from the data which was recorded and presented by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California. He tweeted that this was the first time our planet’s atmosphere has more than 415 ppm CO2 and he also added that he don’t know about a planet like this.

A few years ago it was seen that carbon pollution was about 400ppm which drastically changed to 410ppm in the year of 2017. Scientists already knew that the rate of change of carbon poising was uncontrollable and it would hit around 415ppm in the year 2019.


The Keeling Curve was recorded to be wrong which was published on the Scripps website and the false data was changed after many sites complained about the wrong data and reported it to the grim accomplishment. Scripps wrong data suggested that CO2 levels crossed 415ppm on May 3rd itself. But finally, we have reached that 415ppm mark. 

The director of the Scripps for performing the CO2 program Ralph Keeling said that the average growth rate remained on the high end and also added that the increase should be around three parts per million from the last year but according to the recent average study it has been recorded to be 2.5 ppm and he also added that they are observing the effects of mild El Nino conditions over the use of fossil fuels.

It is observed that the use of fossil fuels is a real problem here. In the year of 1910, the atmospheric CO2 stood at 300ppm -higher than that of 800,000 years before. Now, in just a century it jumped 100+ppm and this drastic change in the rate took place because of the pollution and the cross of 400ppm was a hugely symbolic moment numerically at least, but the symbolism doesn’t end there.

It is to be noted that a huge amount of heat will be trapped on earth if this carbon pollution keeps getting thicker in our atmosphere we can experience global warming in a very different way which didn’t happen in last hundred million years.

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About the author: Kalpit Veerwal
Kalpit Veerwal is a second year Computer Science undergraduate at IIT Bombay. He is well known for being the only person to score 360/360 in JEE (Main). He is registered in the Limca Book of Records for the same. A blogger in his free time, he has also secured top ranks in various exams held in India and the world.

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