‘Time Running Out’ To Stop Rising CO2 Levels As Average Hits New High
(Newsroom America) — Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have crossed a new threshold, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, warning that time is running out to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions.
In April, monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere, WMO reported.
“This threshold is of symbolic and scientific significance and reinforces evidence that the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are responsible for the continuing increase in heat-trapping greenhouse gases warming our planet,” the WMO continued.
CO2 levels first reached 400 ppm in April 2012, but this is the first time the monthly average passed the threshold. The agency predicts the global annual average CO2 concentration will cross this threshold in 2015 or 2016.
“Time is running out,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in the statement.
“This should serve as yet another wake-up call about the constantly rising levels of greenhouse gases which are driving climate change. If we are to preserve our planet for future generations, we need urgent action to curb new emissions of these heat-trapping gases.”
*The article was published on Newroom America.com today 27 may 2014.