CO2 Levels Rise at Fastest Rate for 30 Years

September 11, 2014

According to recent figures from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the concentration of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere grew at their fastest rate between 2012 and 2013 since 1984 prompting for urgent action around the globe.

The WMO has called upon all quarters of the planet to act fast in attempt to reverse this trend after further publishing that the atmospheric levels of CO2 are now 142% higher than they were back in 1750.

Recent research has also shown that whilst the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have increased rapidly over the last 2 years, the expected rise in temperatures across the planet have actually shown very little movement. Scientists are therefore suggesting that global warming may have paused temporarily as climate change is non-linear and other factors also contribute to rising temperatures.

Nevertheless, the increased levels of CO2 remains a huge threat to our planet and the WMO are worried that it’s not just the increased emissions leading to rising levels, but also the possibility that our biosphere’s ability to absorb CO2 is in fact reducing.

Renewable energy deployment (in both domestic and commercial), such as solar, is high on the agenda for many Governments including the UK, US and many parts of Europe as one way to reduce CO2 emissions. The WMO is now urging other Governments around the planet to follow suit.

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