The carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the Earth’s atmosphere has reached a new record level, which requires drastic action to reach the targets set out in the climate agreement from Paris, the United Nations said today.
“The carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere grew at a record speed in 2016. The global average CO2 concentration reached 403.3 molecules per million air pulses (ppm) in 2016, an increase from 400 ppm from 2015, and is the result of a blend of human activity and the powerful effects of the climatic phenomenon of El Ninjo, “the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said as a specialized UN agency, according to the agency Frans Pres.
The last time a similar concentration of CO2 was registered on the planet was three to five million years ago, when the sea level was 20 meters higher than now, according to the WMO “Greenhouse Gas Gases” bulletin.
“Without a rapid reduction in CO2 and other greenhouse gases, we will find ourselves at a dangerous temperature rise by the end of this century, which will be significantly higher than the target set by the Paris Climate Agreement,” said WMO President Petteri Taalas.