Latest in 400ppm

Image credit:

UN study shows atmospheric CO2 increases reach 30 year high

Daniel Cooper, @danielwcooper
September 9, 2014
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Aside from paying someone to scream "this is a problem" into everyone's faces, there's not much more that the UN can do to tell us that we're heading towards an environmental catastrophe. The United Nations' World Meteorological Organization has found more proof of our forthcoming doom, showing that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rose faster between 2012-2013 than any other year since 1984. If the rate doesn't slow down, then the levels will reach 400 parts per million in the next two years - a figure well in excess of the 350ppm that most climate scientists believe is "safe."

For the first time, the WMO has also looked into the acidification of the oceans, and how this is hampering their ability to absorb carbon. Historically, the oceans would have been able to shoulder some of the burden, but acidification prevents it from doing so, which means atmospheric carbon will increase at an even faster rate. The advice at the end of the report is the same as ever: unless we cut CO2 emissions and generally clean up after ourselves, we're going to be in big trouble. UNESCO's Wendy Watson-Wright probably says it best in her closing remarks, bluntly stating that "we are running out of time."

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Tesla's 1,100HP 'Plaid' Model S sport sedan will arrive in late 2021

Tesla's 1,100HP 'Plaid' Model S sport sedan will arrive in late 2021

View
Microsoft Teams will add breakout rooms and automated meeting recaps

Microsoft Teams will add breakout rooms and automated meeting recaps

View
Tesla lays out 'Battery Day' plans that lead to a $25,000 electric car

Tesla lays out 'Battery Day' plans that lead to a $25,000 electric car

View
The Apple Watch Series 6 is already discounted at Amazon

The Apple Watch Series 6 is already discounted at Amazon

View
MIT algorithm finds subtle connections between art pieces

MIT algorithm finds subtle connections between art pieces

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr