Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Increases

In reading an article from the Scientific American, I have learned that for the past five years, Carbon Dioxide levels in the atmosphere have increased at a rate of at least 2 parts per million, which is an “all time high” according to author Scott Waldman. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been keeping a close watch on increasing Carbon Dioxide atmospheric levels due to the intense environmental threat increases in CO2 levels pose. Pieter Tans is a lead scientist at the NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network, and he is especially concerned at the rate of the increases of CO2 in our atmosphere, “The rate of CO2 growth over the last decade is 100 to 200 times faster than what the Earth experienced during the transition from the last ice age,” Tans said. “This is a real shock to the atmosphere” (Waldman 2017). Why the concern? High levels of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere can cause sea levels to rise, increase the existence of droughts, extreme weather including hurricanes, blizzards, and more. Outside of this article, I see my own concerns for rising CO2 levels in our atmosphere. A direct impact on all living things on this planet by the extreme weather is our ability to grow food. As the environment changes and becomes more hostile, it is also much more difficult for agricultural endeavors to thrive. This will end up causing food shortages and disastrous effects on all living creatures as well as the economy. Action must be taken to reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions and Carbon Dioxide levels in the atmosphere so that life can continue to thrive on Earth.

Link to article here.


3 thoughts on “Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Increases

  1. I love how you were able to summarize, but also keep the content easy to follow! You start of by writing how you see “your own concerns for CO2 rising”. Based off of this comment, what actions do you now think you will take to lower your carbon footprint? How do you want to help spread awareness to others about the CO2 problem?

  2. I enjoyed reading your analysis of the article you found in Scientific American. It’s clear that the environment is threatened by the numerous effects of climate chance, and our response is not sufficient to meet the crisis. What would you propose in order to limit the effects of climate change?

  3. The idea that we have continually polluted the air in higher numbers is insane. The blog captures the entire aspect of effects of climate change due to CO2 and its negative effects on nature. The dangers are increasing because of the continual pollution, but are there any solutions that you could propose?

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