Representatives of the world meteorological Association said that last year the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was the highest in the history of mankind as a species. According to experts, such a significant carbon dioxide emissions on Earth was not observed for 800 thousand years. According to experts, it speaks about the major environmental and economic problems of people in the foreseeable future.
Just a few years ago the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for the first time in hundreds of thousands of years exceeded “psychologically significant” barrier of 400 parts per million, and by 2016 the annual average rose to 403,4 ppm. This “osposobljavanja” as human activity – particularly the burning of fossil gas and deforestation – and the natural processes occurring in nature. First and foremost, we are talking about the current El Nino – the temperature variation of surface layer water in the Equatorial Pacific ocean that have influence on the climate of the entire planet.
Meteorologists say that the last time carbon dioxide was as much as today, the average temperature on the planet was higher by 2-3 degrees Celsius, and sea levels higher by 10-20 meters. If the increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide will not be taken under control by the end of this century the greenhouse effect might have on the planet quite serious consequences.
Experts plan to discuss their concerns during the annual conference for problema global warming, which will be held on 6 November in Bonn, with the support of the United Nations.
For the past 800 thousand years the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was less than 280 parts per million, however, since the industrial evolution, the figure began to grow rapidly, experts added. By the way, some experts believe that this trend was largely observed in the earlier period, and even then a considerable role was played by the activities of mankind.