Know how the exceeded levels of CO2 emission will affect you and the whole world
Humans have always taken undue advantage of whatever nature has given us and for the first time in our existence, the levels of CO2 emission have exceeded the safe limits.
The long term effects of this CO2 emission will be something hard to fathom, but some of the effects are already being seen worldwide and majority of countries recently came together in order to start a collective effort in order to stop and control the pollution and climate change that is happening at a very rapid rate.
Here is more information on the unfortunate event that happened for the first time in human history.
1 Exceeded CO2 levels
On November 11, something happened for the very first time the history of mankind. The Carbon dioxide levels in our climate officially exceeded the safe limits for the first time in mankind’s history on this planet.
The last time this thing happened was way back when humans had not evolved and there used to be sharks the size of a full grown whale in the oceans. The water level in the sea was more than 100 feet higher than they are today and the global temperature on the surface of the Earth was 11 degree Fahrenheit warmer than today.
The CO2 levels are at 400 parts per million as of today, the highest concentration in human history.
2 Last time the levels of CO2 were high
The last time the CO2 levels exceeded so much was in prehistoric times, way before modern humans stepped on Earth. There were animals that were huge in size, like whale sized sharks which roamed the oceans and even the oceans had water levels more than 100 feet more than today’s levels.
The last time the CO2 levels crossed the safe limit on Earth was when the atmospheric temperature on Earth’s surface was warmer by 11 degrees Fahrenheit.
3 Effects of raised CO2 levels
The current levels of CO2 emission in Earth’s atmosphere are 400 parts per million. These records are collected by the Mauna Loa observatory since 1958. The observatory is situated in Hawaii and recorded the CO2 concentration passing the 400 ppm threshold earlier last month.
Carbon Dioxide is one of the most important long lived global warming gases in the world and is mostly emitted by burning fossil fuels such as oil and coal. A single molecule of CO2 can remain in the atmosphere for over hundreds of years once emitted.
“Reaching 400ppm as a global average is a significant milestone,” said Pieter Tans, lead scientist on Noaa’s greenhouse gas network. “This marks the fact that humans burning fossil fuels have caused global carbon dioxide concentrations to rise more than 120ppm since pre-industrial times,” added Tans. “Half of that rise has occurred since 1980.”
4 How to make it better?
World leaders recently met in Paris at a UN summit meet to discuss the issue of global warming and rising temperature along with pollution. The developing and developed nations of the world agreed on limiting their annual emissions to relatively safe levels of 2C. They also agreed to review these commitments in line of scientific advice.
Poor nations will be provided with financial aids to help them in cutting down on their emission levels. Countries with climate related disasters will be given urgent aid. Though the agreement is not legally binding and caps on emissions are slightly loosely interpreted and poor nations fear that the financial aid will not be enough for them to protect them, but nonetheless, the fact that the diplomacy of every nation agreed to sign the Paris Climate Change agreement and fight together against raising temperature gives us hope that things might get better. Well, only time will tell how everything shapes up!