Record-breaking CO2 levels mark a new era in the worlds climate

October 25, 2016 by  
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Environmentalists around the world winced when global CO2 levels surged past 400 parts per million for the first time in recorded history in 2014. Now, it looks like that record is the new normal, as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) believes 2016 will be the first full year to exceed the 400 ppm benchmark, in large part due to this year’s strong El Niño event. While CO2 emissions remained relatively static between 2014 and 2015, El Niño’s onset caused a dramatic carbon spike in the atmosphere. Due to the drought conditions it caused in tropical regions, vegetation was less able to soak up excess CO2. And that’s to say nothing of the carbon emissions from wildfires sparked by the dry weather. Though the extreme El Niño has passed, scientists expect the spike in CO2 levels to last for “many generations” to come. That’s terrifying – especially when you realize that the last time CO2 levels were regularly above 400 ppm was three to five million years ago. Prior to 1800 and the advent of industrialization, atmospheric levels averaged closer to 280 ppm, according to NOAA. Related: Highest CO2 concentrations on record comprise Earth’s new “permanent reality” The weather conditions that led to this new record have ended, but the damage we’re continuing to do to our environment is ongoing. The WMO argues that unless carbon emissions are dramatically slashed, humanity is likely to blow past the 2-degree global temperature rise that most scientists agree is necessary to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the organization, believes the new milestone is a wake-up call of sorts, and that “It is therefore of the utmost importance that the Paris Agreement does indeed enter into force well ahead of schedule on 4 November and that we fast-track its implementation.” We can only hope his warnings are taken into account when the 200 nations that have signed the Paris agreement meet in Morocco next month to discuss the next steps forward. Via BBC Images via Xenja Santarelli and The Power of Voice  

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The CO2 Increase Rate Has Reached a Three Decade High

September 10, 2014 by  
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You would hope that will all of the talk about climate change and all of the positive efforts that people are making that CO2 levels would at least be holding steady, if not dropping. But, no such luck. The rate at which CO2 levels have been climbing has not only increased, but from 2012-2013 they actually climbed faster than any other time in nearly 3 decades. At this rate, we will reach a carbon level that is positively dangerous in no time. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of The CO2 Increase Rate Has Reached a Three Decade High Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 carbon levels , 2014 CO2 levels , 350 ppm carbon , 400ppm carbon , carbon increase , carbon increase rate , carbon level increase , carbon level increase rate , carbon levels , carbon ocean acidification , carbon oceans , carbon rate , CO2 level increase , CO2 level increase rate , CO2 levels , CO2 ocean acidification , CO2 rate , global warming rate , ocean acidification

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Scientists See a Negative Outlook Despite a Recent Stabilization in Global Warming

May 21, 2013 by  
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When it comes to global warming, things may not be quite as bad as we thought. According to a recent study in Nature Geoscience , global warming seems to have leveled off over the past decade, meaning that some of the most dire climate change predictions could be a thing of the past. But while the news is good, it doesn’t mean that we are out of the danger zone. Global warming is still changing life on the planet as we know it. Read the rest of Scientists See a Negative Outlook Despite a Recent Stabilization in Global Warming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon atmospheric levels , carbon dioxide levels , climate change news , climate change study , CO2 levels , global warming , global warming leveling off , global warming levels , global warming stabilizing , global warming tapering off , global warming temperatures , oceans absorbing heat , understanding climate change        

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NASA Backs Star Trek-Style Replicator That Could 3D Print Pizza In Space!

May 21, 2013 by  
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In preparation for  Star Trek : Into Darkness,  we have been rewatching all of the old Next Generation episodes. One of the series’ most memorable moments is when a crew member casually walks over to a replicator and orders up dinner. Pudding, Klingon delicacies, and yes, even Picard’s “tea, Earl Grey, hot” is just a millisecond away. Now, NASA has announced that it will provide a $125,000 grant to a young mechanical engineer who’s working on a 3D printer that could (almost) do the same thing. Read the rest of NASA Backs Star Trek-Style Replicator That Could 3D Print Pizza In Space! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed , 3d printed food , 3D printing , Anjan Contractor , nasa , nutrition , replicator , space travel , star trek , Technology        

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