Please read this interesting and slightly worrying article by bhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46989789
“Met Office researchers expect to record one of the biggest rises in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 in 2019.
Since 1958, the research observatory at Mauna Loa in Hawaii, has been continuously monitoring and collecting data on the chemical composition of the atmosphere. In the years since they first started recording, the observatory has seen a 30% increase in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere caused by emissions of fossil fuels and deforestation.
They are forecasting that average CO2 concentrations in 2019 will be 411ppm. Carbon dioxide concentration exceeded 400ppm for the first time in 2013.
Researchers say the long-term trend is only going in one direction.
“What we are seeing for next year will be one of the biggest on record and it will certainly lead to the highest concentration of CO2.”
“The increases in CO2 are a function of our continued reliance on fossil fuels,” said Dr Anna Jones, from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
“What’s critical, however, is that the persistent rise in atmospheric CO2 is entirely at odds with the ambition to limit global warming to 1.5C. We need to see a reduction in the rate of CO2 emissions, not an increase.”
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